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How Tariffs Could Impact Import Volumes and Gift Prices This Holiday Season

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Nov 13, 2019 10:31:44 AM

If you are one of the many shoppers looking for deals this holiday season, prices may be higher than expected due to new tariffs on imported goods. These tariffs are likely to impact both import shipping volumes and prices of goods throughout this holiday season. 

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Topics: Import, Holiday, Tariffs, Trade

Insuring Overseas: Your Guide to International Cargo Insurance

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Nov 4, 2019 4:05:14 PM

Trading globally involves risks, but having international cargo insurance is one of the best ways to offer peace of mind to both the buyer and the seller. Ascent Global Logistics wants your shipments to be monetarily safeguarded against physical loss or damage while in transit. If you have shipped many times before, or are new to the international shipping trade, it is worthwhile to review how insurance can help your company be protected.

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Topics: INCOterms, Export, Import, Cargo Insurance, Trade, Compliance, International

Incoterms 2020 Explained

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 25, 2019 4:19:07 PM

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has recently published its new version of Incoterms 2020. The Incoterms rules help individuals and companies that participate in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis. These essential terms of trade can be found in the newly published guide, now available for purchase from the ICC. 

In this Article:

  • What does Incoterms do?
  • What does Incoterms not do?
  • How are Incoterms used?
  • What happens to existing contracts?
  • Main changes to Incoterms 2020

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Topics: INCOterms, Export, Import, Cargo Insurance

Compliance Circular: September 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 3, 2019 11:45:48 AM

Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality: Who Can See Your Information?

With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment.

19 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 103.31 Subpart C provides guidance on vessel manifests, including who can be privy to that information. Members of the press, including newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications are allowed to review the vessel manifests of imports and exports and the following data associated with them:

  • Name and address of the shipper
  • General nature of the cargo
  • Number of cartons/packages
  • Gross weight
  • Carrier Name
  • Port of Export
  • Port of Destination
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Topics: Export, Import, Customs, Compliance, Shipping, International

Section 301 Tariff Update: Increases Announced for List 3 and List 4

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 27, 2019 6:10:54 PM

Section 301 Tariff Update: Increases Announced for List 3 and List 4

In an announcement on Friday, August 23, 2019, the USTR (United States Trade Representative) advised that Section 301 List 3 tariffs will be increasing from 25 percent to 30 percent effective October 1, 2019, following a notice and comment period. List 3 is comprised of approximately $250 billion worth of Chinese imports and was first implemented on September 24, 2018 at 10 percent. On May 10, 2019, the List 3 duty rate increased to 25 percent.

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Topics: Import, Tariffs, Trade, International

How to Navigate TFTEA and NAFTA Regulations During the Duty Drawback Process

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 20, 2019 10:11:53 AM

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) is an authorization of CBP’s trade authority and was enforced to create an environment for fair, honest and competitive trade in the United States. Section 906 of TFTEA made a comprehensive set of changes to drawback claim filing. Even though TFTEA was only signed into law in 2016, it is necessary to know these recent changes since it greatly effects the drawback application process.

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Topics: Export, Import, Tariffs, Trade, International

4 Key Tips for Filing Duty Drawback

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 13, 2019 12:20:30 PM

Duty drawback can be a great opportunity for companies to save on duties, but to utilize it to its full extent it is necessary to understand the intricacies of the program. There are strict time frames that must be abided by and record keeping is imperative. The duty drawback regulations have changed recently due to TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act) and manual claims are no longer accepted, however Ascent Global Logistics can help you get your duty drawback claim filed electronically under the new regulations. 

Below are a few tips and tricks from the Ascent Global Logistics Duty Drawback team on how to get started and participate in duty drawback. 

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Topics: Export, Import, Tariffs, Trade, International

Duty Drawback: A 101 Guide

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 18, 2019 10:12:00 AM

Duty drawback is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program where companies are refunded up to 99% of customs duties, taxes and/or fees that were previously levied upon imported merchandise, and of internal revenue taxes paid on domestic alcohol as well as other excise taxes. Duty drawback, however, is one of the most complicated commercial programs managed by CBP. Thus, it is important to have a clear understanding of all facets of how the program works and develop a relationship with a reputable drawback broker, who can help you navigate the rules and international laws.

The team at Ascent Global Logistics is ready to help you work through these complexities by determining if your situation qualifies for the Drawback Program.

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Topics: Export, Import, Tariffs, Trade, International

New Year's Resolutions For Importers And Exporters In 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 2, 2019 12:21:54 PM

As the new year begins, many will make New Year’s resolutions to save money, lose weight, get in shape, travel more, read more books, learn a skill or hobby and a whole host of other goals. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to just apply to personal health and wellness.

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Topics: Export, Import, Compliance, International

Getting Your Money Back Is Common "Cents," Right?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When is the last time you found a few random quarters lying around your house? Was it last week? Last month? Last year? One can only image how satisfying it was to find extra change lying around. Ultimately, that day was probably a very good day for you…

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Topics: Import, Customs, International