Trade Compliance News

Updated On20 April 2021

BluJay aims to automate compliance functions with updated GTM platform

BluJay's Augmented Global Trade (AGT) platform is designed to assist compliance professionals in areas such as classifying products and generating customs declarations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Logistics software provider BluJay Solutions on Wednesday released a new version of its global trade management platform that's designed to allow shippers and logistics service...

Platform helping customs target risky cargo attracts $7 million

Shippers have become disillusioned with trusted trader programs because they donA technology startup that is aiming to build a more effective version of trusted trader programs like the United States' Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) by allowing customs authorities to better target risky shipments and shippers has snagged a...

Amber Road expands E2open global trade reach amid tensions

E2open has made three acquisitions in eight months, designed to ramp up ocean and domestic freight execution and visibility for its shippers customers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.E2open's $425 million purchase of Amber Road is the latest and largest in a flurry of deals to boost global trade management (GTM) capabilities...

Service integrations offer new trade compliance options

Global trade management software providers are more tightly integrating trade compliance with traditional logistics execution functions. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.Maersk Line's acquisition of the customs house broker Vandergrift earlier this week should be seen by shippers as part of a larger movement within the logistics services and software space to more efficiently...

Renewal of tariff exemption law to benefit US importers

[]The U.S. International Trade Commission, pictured, will have the final say over whether or not an importer will gain tariff exemptions.[/]A recently re-enacted law offers U.S. importers the opportunity to persuade the federal government that a raw material or intermediate product they bring into the country should be exempt from...

With ecVision, Amber Road extends supply chain reach, expands in China

Stitching together a door-to-door global supply chain requires more than the ability to route shipments, track cargo or comply with customs rules. The job requires close collaboration with suppliers and designers to develop products before they're packed in a box or container. Those are the skills and capabilities global trade management...

US Customs chief puts trade, cargo clearance on front burner

[]Gil Kerlikowske[/]Since taking the reins of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in March, Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske has met with shippers, brokers and others to better understand trade facilitation and what the agency can do to help. Associate Managing Editor Mark Szakonyi met with the former U.S. drug czar in early...

Carriers slam Australia proposal to scrap antitrust immunity

A recommendation from a government panel that antitrust exemptions for liner shipping in Australia be rolled back came under heavy criticism from shipping interests who say the proposals are naive and unworkable and would lead smaller carriers to exit the market. The panel of experts headed by an economist, Ian Harper,...

Sequestered at the Border

The need for a new Customs commissioner will become agonizingly clear when the fallout from federal sequestration delays clearance of U.S. imports as early as this month. Without a politically appointed chief, the agency has been unable to argue against the bumbled implementation of $85 billion worth of total federal budget...

US-EU Trade Accord? It?s in the Details

Few disagree that a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States would be an economic boon on both sides of the Atlantic. But pesky details stand in the way. Plans for the overarching trade agreement were sketched in broad terms by President Obama, who announced it...

Toys Vs. Luggage: A Lesson in Savings

This column marks a restart of sorts, coming nearly six years after my last Security Counsel piece, and I'm excited to be contributing again to The Journal of Commerce. Equally exciting is the opportunity this new column presents to address such a salient and widely encompassing topic as Global Trade...

US Customs' Aguilar to Retire in Late March

Customs and Border Protection head David Aguilar will step down at the end of March, ending a 31-year career in which he served as deputy commissioner and then acting commissioner of the agency. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano didn't name his successor in her announcement of Aguilar's retirement. The...

Customs Centers Facilitating Excellence in Trade

With the 2012 departure of Customs Commissioner Alan Bersin, acting Commissioner David Aguilar will face plenty of thorny issues in 2013. Jon Kent, chief lobbyist for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, said Bersin righted the ship and provided a menu of affirmative issues, but that none...

Funding Shortfall Slows ACE?s Momentum

Eighteen months worth of funding. That's how much Customs and Border Protection needs to wrap up development of a long-delayed major cargo-processing system. The agency thinks it has secured about $70 million, carried over from past budgets to get it halfway, or 18 months closer, to its goal of fully implementing...

APL Logistics Acquires Carmichael International

APL Logistics, the supply chain management unit of Singapore's NOL Group, has acquired Carmichael International Service, a Los Angeles-based customs broker and trade compliance company. Terms of the deal were not announced. Founded in 1961, Carmichael is one of the largest independent customs brokerage, trade compliance and consulting specialists in the U.S. ...

For US Exporters, It's Comply, or Else

Expectations that exports will lead the U.S. economic recovery are increasing the burden on exporters and freight forwarders to update their internal compliance programs to abide by commercial regulations and security requirements. The U.S. Department of Commerce, traditionally the lead federal agency in dealing with exports, has doubled the number of...

Argentinian Ambassador Optimistic US Will Lift Ban on Lemons

PHILADELPHIA The Argentinian ambassador to the United States is optimistic that the decade-long U.S. ban on lemons from his country will end next year, a move that would be boon to the Greater Philadelphia region. The U.S. banned Argentinian citrus imports in 2001 because of concerns over two plant diseases...

ICE Arrests Man on Charges of Illegally Importing Dinosaur Fossils

[]Dinosaur Skull Allegedly Illegally Imported[/]U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested Eric Prokopi, 38, of Gainesville, Fla., this week on charges regarding illegal imports of dinosaur fossils into the U.S., including Tyrannosaurus bataar and Saurolophus angustirostris skeletons from Mongolia, and a Microraptor skeleton from China. Prokopi is...

WTO Rules in Favor of US in Steel Dispute With China

The World Trade Organization Appellate Body panel ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute challenging China's imposition on duties on U.S. exports of grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel, agreeing with the U.S. that China had acted inconsistently with WTO obligations and subsequently rejecting China's appeals, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk...

New Conflicts in Minerals Trade

Long-awaited conflict minerals regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission in September will take effect on Nov. 13 for products including tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten. The goal is to end human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by governing the trade in so-called conflict minerals.  Affected countries also...