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Drones, Autonomous Vehicles on Course to Disrupt the Supply Chain

Originally published on August 6th on the TIA website by Grant E. Goldsmith.

Earlier this year, General Motors introduced its latest self-driving car – a car with no steering wheel or foot pedals – that’s expected to hit the streets in 2019. GM’s car is meant to drive itself with no assistance (hence no steering wheel) from the driver. This is the future – driverless vehicles.

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Corporate Crime and Fraud: The Risks, the Red Flags and Best Practices – A Complimentary Webinar

Corporate crime and fraud may be the cause of both known and unknown monetary loss. Do you know where to look for evidence of crime & fraud and how to identify the most common sources of behavior?

Join us on 8/21/18 at 1pm CT for our complimentary webinar – Corporate Crime and Fraud: The Risks, the Red Flags and Best Practices presented by Terry Cummings, Vice President, Sales at Roanoke Trade.

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Government Affairs Conference (GAC) 2018

Join us for the NCBFAA 2018 Government Affairs Conference in Washington, DC, September 23-25! The annual NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference (GAC) provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about timely and critically important industry changes directly from the influential players involved as well as make their voices heard when explaining the industry’s pressing challenges to their Senators and Congressional Representatives. See you there!

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Roanoke to Sponsor G.TEC 2018

Join Colleen Clarke and Grant E. Goldsmith at the Global Trade Educational Conference 2018 and attend one of their CCS/CES credited informational sessions. This event will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues new and old. All trade professionals are strongly encouraged to consider joining us!

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Cargo Insurance in Action: Lessons Learned in the Wake of the Maersk Honam Fire

General Average: A Little-Known but Costly Risk

General Average (GA) is an overlooked and poorly understood risk that has significant consequences for cargo owners with shipments that move via ocean vessel. A General Average loss includes possible damage to a shipper’s cargo, delay to the shipment, and additional costs associated specifically with a GA incident. Complicating the matter further, the shipping line that declares the GA has the right to hold the shipper’s goods until acceptable security is posted on their behalf.

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Recent ACE Fix May Cause More Entry Rejections

By: Matthew L. Zehner – Vice President, Surety Information & Analysis

For some time ACE was not properly matching the entry filed by the customs broker to the eSTB. It was only matching on 4 of the 5 data elements (not matching entry type). The entry should match exactly to the information filed on the bond using these five data elements:

  • Importer Number
  • Entry Number
  • Surety Code
  • Bond Amount
  • Entry Type

On June 27, CBP implemented the fix for this, which may lead to you experiencing a higher number of errors when you file your entries.

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Fourth of July Hours


Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

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CBP Implements New Filing Deadline for ACAS Information

By: Matthew L. Zehner – Vice President, Surety Information & Analysis

In the June 12, 2018 Federal Register, CBP’s ACAS Interim Final Rule sets forth CBP’s new regulations requiring certain information about air cargo shipments that arrive in or transit the United States. Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) regulations formalize a pilot program initiated over 7 years ago in response to terrorist attempts targeting air traffic, including the use of air cargo.

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How Shipper’s Interest Cargo Insurance Benefits the Transportation Intermediary

It probably comes as no surprise that Shipper’s Interest Cargo Insurance benefits cargo owners. This policy is an effective risk management solution that transfers the risk of loss or damage to goods from the cargo owner to the insurance company. What may not be so well known is that Shipper’s Interest Cargo Insurance can benefit transportation intermediaries as well. By procuring Shipper’s Interest Cargo Insurance for clients, transportation intermediaries add a level of protection against gaps in a carrier’s motor truck cargo policy and financial risks including those resulting from contractual liability claims.

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Customer Contract Considerations for International Forwarders

Written by Jacob Fisher and Nathaniel Saylor of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.

International forwarders often enjoy a significant advantage over entities that arrange for domestic transportation in that international forwarders are able to perform a larger amount of their services pursuant to their standard terms and conditions, whereas domestic providers are often required to sign onerous contracts drafted by their customers.

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