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October, 2013

CustomsNow to exhibit at USA-ITA’s 25th Annual Conference in NYC

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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We’re excited to share our direct filing import solutions at USA-ITA’s 25th Annual Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference on November 6 in New York City!

Textile and apparel importers can implement a world-class direct filing program with CustomsNow…

CustomsNow is the leading provider of ABI software and is unique in that we are both an ACE-Certified ABI vendor and a fully Licensed Customs Broker.  This combination allows us to support your import initiatives in a way that other software companies can’t.

  • Self file all – or just some – of your import entries and ISFs.  It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition
  • Direct file reconciliation entries, in-bond filings, e-manifests, AES and more
  • Increase compliance, control and visibility to your supply chain
  • Automate the process – keep headcount low while processing a high volume of transactions
  • Start filing without hiring additional staff…then roll out and ramp up as desired

 

Textile and apparel importers can use the CustomsNow Style (SKU) File as a solution to store and manage ALL product information for imported products.  Learn more

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Textile and apparel importers leverage CustomsNow to improve their bottom line…

“The added compliance, speed of filing and cost benefits has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to a continued partnership with CustomsNow.”  – Anthony Melendez, Director of Imports and Customs Compliance, Wet Seal / Arden B.

 

CustomsNow – simply delivering you the best-in-class SaaS technology with real-world compliance experience, and the industry’s best support at a cost you’ll be very happy with.

 

Which country’s infrastructure is ranked worst in the world?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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The Journal of Commerce has published a list of the “Nations with the Worst Infrastructure,” as determined by the World Economic Forum.  Included are overall rankings, and separate categories for worst ports, roads, railroads and air transport.  See if any countries in your supply chain are included!

CBP’s East Coast Trade Symposium postponed

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

tssAccording to the USA-ITA, US Customs’ East Coast Trade Symposium, scheduled for October 24 and 25, has been postponed due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.   The event has not yet been rescheduled.

[Ed. Note:  10/16/13:  Postponement now confirmed on CBP website.]

3D printing poised to upend supply chains… or is it?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
© 2011 Bart Dring

© 2011 Bart Dring

3D printing, according to Wikipedia, “is a process of making a three dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.”  The popularity of this process is growing, with applications in construction, industrial design and even fashion and jewelry.

According to Forbes, 3D printing is going to disrupt the supply chain, particularly that between between businesses and manufacturers, because printers provide users with “the power to print customized, single items quickly.”  In addition, 3D printing cuts manufacturing time, as product design, development and retooling can be done virtually — using data stored in the cloud, eliminating the time-worn process of shipping numerous iterations of physical prototypes back and forth.

Accordingly, the Forbes article suggests that the conventional global transportation dynamic is expected to change markedly, with a diminished demand for shipping, storage and handling of goods.

Not so fast, says Brian Proffitt, a University of Notre Dame professor, author, and technology expert.  In his article, “Surprise:  3D Printing Won’t Be Closing Any Factories Down,” Proffitt acknowledges the growth potential of 3D printing, but firmly believes that it will not replace traditional manufacturing on a large scale.  3D printers are limited since they can currently build only objects as one piece.

In order to create items with more than one part, a manufacturer will have to introduce some sort of assembly system, either human-driven or automated.  This assembly process will either involve printing separate parts and snapping them together, or removing the supports from a single printed device to create something that moves.

While single piece objects such as prototypes have great potential to circumvent conventional manufacturing and supply chain, the mass production of items with moveable parts will still need to rely on the standard manufacturing model that involving assembly lines and molding, and in most cases, labor.  And that manufacturing process necessarily relies on the traditional supply chain.

More details on federal shutdown’s impact on CBP

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 1.29.19 PMSo how does the current federal government shutdown specifically impact US Customs’ operations?  It’s difficult to expect complete and timely information from CBP since — naturally — that agency’s communications are hampered by the shutdown, although CBP was able to report yesterday, via CSMS, that all Client Representatives offices would be closed.

Luckily, Global Trade Academy has posted a fairly comprehensive list of what CBP functions/offices continue to remain open for business despite the shutdown, such as the CEEs, revenue collection, and FDA and APHIS.  The full listing was obtained from the CEO of AAEI.

Since only about 10% of US Customs’ employees will be furloughed during the shutdown, the impact is not as severe as in other federal departments.

It is too early to speculate whether the shutdown will affect CBP’s East Coast Trade Symposium, slated for October 24 and 25.

 

Government shutdown affects CBP’s client reps

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

From CBP’s CSMS 13-000492:

  • Due to the lapse of appropriations and the emergency furlough, all Client Representative offices are closed.
  • To report urgent production technical issues with any automated system during this closure, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 1-866-530-4172. All other issues will be handled once the Client Representative offices re-open.