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Lack of Carriers keeping US Businesses out of Export Market

A not so well kept secret – less than one percent of U.S. businesses engage in some type of export activity.  This is despite the fact more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. borders. Then-Secretary … Continue reading

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U.S. – Canada Price Discrepancies Focus of Senate Inquiry

Speculating about why consumer goods cost more when purchased in Canada has become something of a national pastime for some Canadians.  For the past several years, Canadian media outlets and blog posts have regularly asked why, despite the influx of … Continue reading

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When it comes to Exporting – Logistics is Local

According to data from the U.S. Commerce Department, less than one percent of U.S. companies’ export – and of those that do, 58 percent export to only one country, typically to Mexico or Canada.  U.S. businesses’ rate of participation in … Continue reading

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ACE: Easing Cross Border Clearance Process

As anyone who regularly brings commercial goods into the U.S. knows, U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has been involved in a years-long undertaking to enhance border security by automating and centralizing the border processing system.  The initiative, known as the … Continue reading

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Government Resources for US Businesses Looking to Export

Here’s a startling statistic:  According to the International Trade Administration (ITA), of the more than 30 million small businesses in the United States, less than one percent export to another country.  Of the businesses that do export, 58 percent export … Continue reading

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Canada/European Trade Agreement A Threat to U.S. Businesses?

Talks between Canada and the European Union aimed at reaching a free trade agreement have reached a critical phase, with final sign-offs expected in the coming months.  And while the expected net benefit for Canada could be an economic boost … Continue reading

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TSA missed Deadline to Screen International Cargo

Maybe it wasn’t such a big deal when Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole announced that his agency would miss a December 31 deadline to begin screening 100 percent of all cargo arriving via international flights, but that the agency … Continue reading

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U.S. Visitors from Mexico and Canada Face New Entry Tariff

Mexican and Canadian visitors to the United States are going to find that the price of admission has just gotten a bit steeper, thanks to a new $5.50 tariff that will be assessed on all visitors arriving by air or … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs’ Internal Assessment Program – Right for your Business?

Businesses that regularly import goods into the U.S. face the possibility each year of being selected for a Customs and Border Patrol “Focused Assessment.” What is a focused assessment?  Quite simply, it’s an audit. Each year, CBP selects importers and … Continue reading

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78 Percent of Duty Drawbacks go Unclaimed!

Are you in the habit of allowing the federal government to keep more of your money than is legally necessary?  Well, according to reports, each year the U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) holds as much as 78 percent – a … Continue reading

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