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How the Chinese New Year Affects your Logistics, No Matter What your Zodiac Sign Is

It snuck up on you, didn’t it?  Much like the dreaded summer bathing suit season – the one you keep saying you’ll start that diet for next week – that time of the year has arrived.  Maybe it was the gestational holiday season when you gained 15 pounds from fruit cake alone, or the collective sigh […]

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Do Exporters Have to Keep Records, Too? A Guide to the Ins and Outs of Export Recordkeeping

Do Exporters Have to Keep Records? A Guide to Export Recordkeeping

I sincerely hope this does not shock anyone but recordkeeping is not only for importers!  Exporters must maintain records as proof of compliance with U.S. government regulations for a minimum of 5 years. If Customs and Border Protection (CBP), or the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Census, or any other U.S. Government Agency that […]

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Nine Reasons Why Buying Your Imports on CIF Terms Is Too Good to Be True

I understand that the temptation to buy on a Cost, Insurance & Freight (CIF) basis is very hard to resist. After all, isn’t it so much easier? When you don’t have to coordinate with a freight forwarder and don’t have to negotiate freight rates, all you have to do is to wait for the vessel […]

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Importer Security Filing: 7 ISF Best Practices You Shouldn’t Ignore

The Importer Security Filing (ISF) began in January 2009 with a one-year introductory phase-in period. Full enforcement began in January 2010, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) maintained a flexible and measured enforcement stance. Penalty guidelines were published in July 2009, but Customs held off doing anything until July 2013 when they announced they would […]

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7 Reasons Your Container Drayage Costs will Rise in 2014

Worried about how container drayage costs will impact your supply chain next year?  You’re not alone. Here are seven reasons the chassis and driver shortage will impact your operations in 2014: Most major ocean carriers have either largely pulled out of the chassis business or intend to do so in 2014. Multi-carrier steamship pools are […]

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A Wine Enthusiast’s Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to Importing Wine

As a lover of all wines good and as a budding hobbyist and neophyte collector of Italian (Piedmont, Tuscany, and Umbria regions),  French (Rhone region), Spanish (Murcia and Rioja regions), and Washington State (Columbia Valley) varietals, I can’t seem to get enough of the culture, industry personalities, and business mechanics of my new found passion.  […]

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Are Your Competitors Paying Duty? The Truth Behind Trade Data Confidentiality

“My competitors don’t pay duty.” Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I have heard this over my career, I would not need to worry about my kids’ college tuitions. How does an importer know for sure that the competition is not paying duty? Customs entry information is strictly confidential and not even […]

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Examining the Issue: A Behind the Scenes Look at Customs Inspections

As the ETA of your freight approaches, your palms start to sweat, you begin to pace your office, hit the refresh button on the tracking website, and start calling your professional Customs broker every hour on the hour.  The underlying fears…will your freight be snagged for examination?! Cue dramatic music. Importers have come to know […]

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Why Importers Should Hire a Licensed Broker

I recently found out that I won a scholarship through the Atlanta International Forwarders and Brokers Association (AIFBA) to take a class that will prepare me for the Customs Broker Exam in October.  While I was applying for this scholarship, I was asked to write about why an importer should hire a  to clear their freight […]

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Welcome to the New Shapiro

Many of you know us for who we are– a serious and, admittedly, quirky group of people that pride itself in climbing mountains for our customers. Some of you may also say that we are a company that is committed to the old-fashioned values of personalized customer service and integrity that were instilled in us by Samuel, and that we also embrace modern technology and innovative solutions with flexibility at its core.

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