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SOLAS: Container weight verification compliance

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What it’s about Effective July 1, 2016, shippers must include the verified gross mass of shipping containers leaving from any port, worldwide. The new regulation, mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, requires shippers to weigh their shipping containers and provide a signed shipping document listing… Read more »

10 Questions to ask before you export from the U.S.

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Getting your export documentation right is crucial to avoiding lengthy wait times, hefty fines, or having your shipment denied at the border. Establishing and maintaining effective and accurate export documentation processes can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to ensure your goods clear the border and reach their destination without hassle…. Read more »

Definitions of common U.S. shipping acronyms

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When you talk shipping and international trade, all of the jargon and acronyms can make it sound like another language. Yet as a successful business it’s important to understand the terminology behind the movement of goods across the border – to understand what’s happening to your shipment and why. To help you get a better… Read more »

Preparing your customs documents for shipping to Canada

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When moving your goods into Canada, The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires a specific set of documents – documents that accurately and completely identify everything being imported. To help you ensure you know what documents you need, and how best to fill them out, Livingston has prepared a handy checklist called “Preparing your customs… Read more »

Preparing your customs documents for shipping into the U.S.

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If you’re shipping goods to the U.S., you know there are very specific requirements that govern the movement of goods across the border, including documentation requirements. Keeping track of each document, what it’s for, and how to complete it properly can be a pain – and false or inaccurate information can lead to delays and… Read more »

Shipping low value goods to Canada by courier

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Did you know that by taking advantage of Canada’s Low Value Shipment (LVS) courier program, you can expedite the release of your goods across the border? If you’re shipping goods to Canada that are valued under $2,500, you qualify for the LVS courier program. And the good news, getting started is a quick and easy… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Key supply chain and players’ roles

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When shipping your goods internationally, there are many moving pieces. Knowing who is responsible for what and how the process works is crucial. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the supply chain: Exporter Importer Carrier Customs broker Canada Border Services Agency Whether you’re new to shipping internationally or a seasoned… Read more »

Incoterms® 2010 – Transport obligations costs and risks

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International transportation is a complex business, and Incoterms® – the universal rules that govern international trade – are no exception. The latest iteration, Incoterms 2010, contains 11 rules for standardized global trade, defining the most important responsibilities of buyers and sellers in international sales contracts. Learning each rule – and when and where each rule… Read more »

A Practical Guide to Incoterms® 2010

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A practical guide to Incoterms® 2010 International sales contracts can be daunting, but if there’s one lesson to keep in mind, it’s to pay as much attention to the terms of sale as to the sale price itself. That’s where Incoterms come in. Incoterms 2010 are the generally accepted series of international trade terms, and… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Five Questions to Ask Your Carrier

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To make sure that your goods get where they need to be on time and without hassle, it’s important to work with a carrier who understands the process of shipping into Canada – and who operates as a partner you can trust. We’ve put together a few key questions you should ask anytime you’re considering… Read more »