“Made in the World”: What’s Behind the Label?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email In an earlier post, “Made in the World”: What’s Behind the Label” we discussed the challenges of determining exactly where in the world a product is made. Today’s global supply chains mean that many companies source their inputs from and divide their operations across several countries to maximize efficiency and to minimize costs.  Meanwhile, labeling...

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Food Importers – Educate U.S. Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Jamaica. As this is where we grew up, we returned laden with several food products that would allow us to continue to experience Jamaican cuisine ever so often. Everything we imported was allowable. However, the airport customs agents carefully prodded and poked our parcels before we were allowed to leave with them. This...

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Trade Watch 2015

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email Trade Watch 2015 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: US-Cuba Relations: President Obama has announced a slight easing in its trade policy towards Cuba. The embargo remains in place (that can only be lifted or changed by US Congress). However, effective January 16, 2015, new regulations are in place to implement the announced changes. Look...

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When Can You Start Trading with Cuba?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email When can you start trading with Cuba? Not just yet! On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced significant changes to U.S. foreign relations with Cuba. They included: Plans to re-establish US-Cuba diplomatic relations after a 50+-year break; Eased restrictions on travel to Cuba by specified categories of US persons; Opportunities for travelers to import up to US$400...

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Increase African Exports Using AGOA

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email In an earlier post, we reported on investigations to be conducted to support the increase in African exports using the African Growth & Opportunities Act (AGOA).  In support of the commitment by the Obama Administration to renew AGOA the US International Trade Commission (USITC) had been requested to examine the impact of AGOA for African exporters and US...

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Food Importers — Educate US Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on May 8, 2014 | 0 comments

If you liked this post, please share or recommend! Email At a recent conference frequented by many food importers, one of the audience members shared, “Our food smells different and that causes problems with US Customs.” To avoid such problems, food importers — educate US Customs about your products! “Problems” can mean having your shipment detained, opened and inspected, and re-exported or destroyed. The US Food...

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