Global Trade Compliance Solutions for Logistics Management
Logistics Providers need the ability to efficiently communicate, manage, and track all customers to ensure export and import global trade compliance regulations. We help transport carriers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and NVOCCs leverage Information Technology for Improved Global Compliance Visibility.
Global Trade Compliance means conducting trade according to the rules and regulations governing commerce — within states, between states and internationally. This article will focus primarily on international trade because it is the most complex and highly regulated model.
Who Enforces Global Trade Compliance?
The primary regulating bodies are the following United States and overseas entities:
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP): A component of the US Treasury, CBP governs which goods can enter the country, as well as the form and quantities in which they can enter. Particular attention is paid to goods from countries with restricted trade agreements and those suspected of dumping practices. Customs can detain indefinitely any shipments that they feel require inspection for compliance. Customs also keeps track of unfinished goods that enter the country for further processing and re-export in a more finished form.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Controls foods (except for certain meats and poultry products), drugs (human, animal and biological), cosmetics, medical devices and radiation emitting devices, etc., offered for entry into the United States through U.S. Customs.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) www.usda.gov: Part of the USDA, FSIS is responsible for assuring that U.S. imported meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged. They have explict rules and regulations regarding inspections, quarantines, reinspections, labeling and much more on the USDA site.
Federal Maritime Commission www.fmc.gov: Regulates ocean transportation, particularly rate tariffs and service contracts between shippers, carriers and nvoccs.
Federal Aviation Administration www.faa.gov: Deals primarily with air safety, e.g. hazardous materials, as well as homeland security.
Global Trade Compliance Reporting
The specific information requirements to comply with each of the above entities can fill volumes. The main thing to understand is that the requirements are mandatory and strictly enforced — especially in light of September 11, 2001 and the resultant heightened premium on security. Thus, it is imperative to integrate compliance as much as possible with normal day to day operations in order maintain efficiency.
The FMC requires tariff rates to be published. Freightgate does FMC tariff publishing for many Ocean Vessel Carriers and NVOCCs.
Global Trade Compliance Processes
Some transport carriers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and NVOCCs look upon regulatory compliance as a necessary evil in the world of global commerce. But the mandatory nature means everyone is in the same boat. So with the proper tools and processes to do the job more effectively and efficiently than your competition, you can turn what is a necessary evil for others into a competitive advantage for you.
The Freightgate Team excels at finding innovative solutions for transport carriers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and NVOCCs to Global Trade Compliance Problems with our vast arsenal of flexible cloud technology tools – take a logistics cloud demo of our Supply Chain Compliance colutions and experience the difference yourself first hand. Share with us your toughest Global Trade Compliance challenge and allow us to come up with a creative, potentially out of the box solution.