Resources / Outsourcing your customs process

Finding a customs broker: A sample RFP template for soliciting a brokerage provider

Category:

Use this introductory template as the basis for a brokerage request for proposal (RFP). We have gathered together the most relevant and commonly-asked brokerage questions to help you get on your way with sourcing a customs broker. Divided into six sections, this template addresses important headings such as pricing; company profile; terms and conditions; and… Read more »

Four questions to ask when outsourcing restricted party screening

Category:

Helping you find the right restricted party screening partner Are you looking for ways to relieve your customs team from the labor-intensive and time-consuming (but very necessary) burden of screening against restricted party lists? You might want to consider enlisting the help of an outside expert. Outsourcing can free up internal resources, helping you focus… Read more »

Five reasons to outsource your free trade program workload

Category:

Are professional duty management services right for your business? Managing free trade programs is a complex task, from addressing the unique requirements of goods and countries involved to submitting required documentation – not to mention dealing with multiple vendors and customer requests for certificates of origin and affidavits. Even if you have a dedicated compliance… Read more »

Global product classification: Getting help in getting it right

Category:

Outsourcing global product classification saves headaches – and money. Every product or item shipped across international borders requires its own classification number. Some classifications are straightforward, but many complex technology products require a high level of research and resources to correctly classify. From potential shipping delays to fines and penalties, the costs of inaccurate or… Read more »

Five ways to get the best service from your customs provider

Category: , ,

Five ways to get the best service from your customs provider Building a solid relationship with your customs broker can help ensure your goods are cleared safely and efficiently, which in turn can help improve your bottom line. Our article, “Five ways to get the best service from your customs provider,” outlines a handful of… Read more »

Seven questions to ask a broker

Category: ,

Seven questions to ask when looking for a customs provider If your business involves moving goods across North American borders, working with a customs broker can streamline and improve your import and export processes. But how do you find the right brokerage provider? It helps to ask the right questions. Livingston has prepared seven key… Read more »

Managing FDA regulations and compliance

Category: , ,

Managing FDA regulations and compliance Thanks to their complex nature, FDA–regulated imports are often delayed upon arrival to the United States simply because information requested by the government agency is inaccurate, incomplete or unavailable. In order to keep your goods moving quickly and efficiently, it’s up to you to ensure your FDA-regulated shipments are compliant… Read more »

Four ways to take control of your export process

Category: ,

Four ways to take control of your export process The modern global marketplace can make exporting a particularly challenging task. With so many moving parts when it comes to compliance – namely, all the different country requirements and corresponding paperwork – you need to ensure your export operations process is as streamlined and efficient as… Read more »

Outsourcing your ACI eManifest requirements

Category: ,

Outsourcing your eManifest requirements As Canada gets ready to implement its eManifest program, many carriers are discovering that outsourcing the processing of their eManifest data helps them speed up the shipping process and avoid delays. In fact, outsourcing can also help you save on administration expenses and costly penalties. Our article, “What to look for… Read more »