January 1, 2017 marked the date when the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HS) reform went into effect for many locations. For importers, exporters, manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers (LSPs), now is an excellent opportunity to review current classifications against individual country tariff updates as the world works to re-harmonize with WCO changes. While this will take time, many countries have already published updates.
Updated approximately every 5 years, the HS is an international classification standard that is in current or anticipated use by 207 customs administrations worldwide. Every business with affected items must act by reviewing tariff codes, duty rates and customs data for hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of items in their parts master databases or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. These items must also be updated for every country where business is transacted on the effective date each country activates its changes.
Advanced TMS Capabilities Open Up New Opportunities
In speaking with customers over the last few months, we have seen a significant increase in transportation teams taking more control of their inbound freight. Historically, most of the return on investment (ROI) for transportation management systems (TMS) was focused on outbound transportation by optimizing across less than truckload (LTL)/truckload (TL) and cutting freight costs while creating increased visibility and customer service. Now, with the advent of cloud-based transportation management systems that support a wider range of modes (e.g. parcel, fleet, air and ocean) and better supplier connectivity, the opportunity to expand the use of TMS to reduce the cost of inbound shipments is greater than ever.
Ecommerce is transforming the grocery industry and creating tremendous opportunities for grocers to drive greater profitability and increased customer loyalty. It’s a demanding business model, however, and it requires an intense focus on efficiency. To help grocers’ ecommerce initiatives reach full profit potential, MyWebGrocer (MWG) and Descartes have launched a combined solution that helps grocery retailers support the customer ecommerce experience from online purchase through home delivery.
Download a Free Whitepaper on Modern Sanctioned Party List Screening and Export Compliance
A review of denied, sanctioned and restricted parties, also referred to as Denied Party Screening or DPS, is required to minimize risk and to lessen the potential of substantial fines. Electronic transactions, business integration and the continued rise of ecommerce, are linking companies with information and driving growth. However, this increased connectivity is coupled with a certain degree of risk and a greater probability that business may be transacted with denied, sanctioned or restricted parties.
Headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 160 family farmers that provides fresh, certified organic fruits, vegetables, and other farm fresh products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
3 Problems You Can Now Solve with a Transportation Management System (TMS)
The new generation of cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) changes the way you think about their value to the organization and implementation strategy. You can now solve transportation problems more cost-effectively, and with faster payback than traditional TMS solutions. Advanced TMS capabilities and new architectures enable better support for multimodal transportation, stronger collaboration with carriers and suppliers, and more flexible deployment options.
Download a Complimentary eBook on the Canadian eManifest Program
The long-anticipated deadlines for Canadian eManifest for forwarders have been announced, creating urgency to make the transition. Beginning November 7, 2016, the initial eManifest requirements for freight forwarders are scheduled to begin.
As part of the program, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched a new initiative to enhance the reporting mechanism and communications between shipment parties. Carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and warehouse operators will be able to view shipment milestones for a particular movement if they are a party on the manifest.
Recognized for her leadership and support of the implementation of Denied Party Screening in the UK
Descartes’ Employee Excellence and Innovation award, recognizing Descartes employees for their contributions in helping to make Descartes’ customers, partners, and fellow employees successful, is presented quarterly to a deserving Descartes employee based on peer nominations. Eligible Descartes employees must have demonstrated ‘Innovation’ by sharing valuable ideas to develop new or better processes, tools, methods, systems, products or services in support of Descartes’ mission; and ‘Excellence’ by performing their job with integrity and to the highest professional standards, exceeding expectations while achieving exceptional results for external and/or internal stakeholders.
I’m pleased to announce Sophia Nisha, Director of Denied Party Screening, as Descartes’ Excellence and Innovation award winner for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. Sophia is a denied parties screening domain expert with strong leadership qualities and is a great team player. She was instrumental in helping us set up and test the new local environment for denied party screening in the United Kingdom while developing and directing internal training programs to extend this new arm of the business.
Enabling Proactive Denied Party Screening (DPS) through Technology
With operations across the U.S. as well as in the Netherlands and the U.K., Ohio-based Emerald Performance Materials produces and markets specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications, such as aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, household products, automobiles, sports gear and many more. For years, Emerald has used Descartes’ on-demand denied party screening system to manually screen customer data. As it’s becoming more and more of an industry best practice to screen the full range of participants in a company’s business, Emerald is now using Descartes’ dynamic screening solution to proactively monitor suppliers, Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) and employees in addition to global customers and trading partners.
Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide to provide high-quality chocolate and cocoa across the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants and caterers. To enhance its shipping processes, performance and visibility across four continents, Barry Callebaut selected Descartes’ transportation management software.
With the transportation management software (TM software), the company will be able to automate manual processes and operate more efficiently to better track the thousands of containers it ships annually. Descartes TM software will help improve supply chain transparency, reduce stock-in-transit and transportation costs, better manage carrier rates and performance, and improve delivery reliability for Barry Callebaut’s factories and end customers.
Why Descartes for Global Transportation Management?