Don’t Miss These Tweets

Twitter lets you tap into the pulse of any topic, connecting you to the very latest and greatest. When it comes to Mohawk's line of work, there are a few twitter users that break the mold. Here's a list of twitter users you won't want to miss. 1. FDA @US_FDA Covers the latest updates to…

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China Adds 6% VAT

The government of China recently announced a new value added tax (VAT). Beginning August 1, a 6% VAT will be levied on top of every local charge in China. This charge will be assessed in local currency on that portion of the freight invoice paid in China. Outbound shipments under prepaid terms and inbound shipments…

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We’ll Never Get Caught

Export controls exist to protect the national security of the U.S. It's up to the Bureau of Industry & Security to enforce our export control laws. They focus on companies and individuals who engage in the export of controlled commodities, software, and technology. Their agenda is simple: What's the end use of exported item? Are…

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Exporters Use with Caution: Online Decision Tree Tools

Much has been written about forthcoming U.S. export control reforms and the impact it will have on exporters. Many exporters hoped these reforms would make the export control process easier by limiting it to the authority of one government agency, the Department of Commerce. Unfortunately, one can gather from recently published changes that the one…

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US Customs to Begin Issuing ISF Liquidated Damages

Today, U.S. Customs & Border Protection announced that they will begin to enforce existing liquidated damages provisions for Importer Security Filings (ISF) required to be filed on or after July 9, 2013. Enforcement actions will not apply to ISF-5 transactions, which involve goods transiting, but not remaining in, the US. Liquidated damages enforcement actions instituted…

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Container Security Checklist

When you receive freight containers at your warehouse, how thoroughly do you inspect the container itself? If you aren't the one that does the inspection, how do you know it's being done properly? If you're unsure about the answers to either of these questions, then consider incorporating a container security checklist into your receiving procedures.…

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Big Boys Predict Rate Increases

At a recent meeting of the Truckload Carriers Association, representatives from some of the largest carriers spoke about inevitable rate increases and the reasons behind them. If you have been reading our newsletter over the last year or so, their reasons may sound familiar. All are variables that affect the principles of supply and demand.…

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