We’ve all learned a lot of lessons indirectly, as well as directly, through the unfortunate cases of many well-known companies who have overseas factories and the mistreatment of their workers due to low wages and hazardous working conditions which have led to serious injuries and even death.
A lot of our client partnerships require product to be shipped overseas to the UK. However, there is a lot of confusion and questions that are often brought up from our clients about what is involved in the process. If you yourself have ever had some questions about the UK security screening process, this article is a great guide for teaching you what to expect whenever you’re in that situation.
It was four years ago that the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. In the rubble of that tragedy, tags were discovered leading back to many well-known brands, including Canadian fast fashion leader, Joe Fresh.
Are you prepared for a customs compliance audit?
On occasion, customs will reach out to you by mail requesting documentation or information on your books and records. If you don’t understand what customs is asking of you and you end up giving too much or too little of information to them, you may get yourself into some trouble.
Author: Shayne Cannon, Senior Customs Compliance Specialist
Quick question, as a corporation would you guess on your annual tax filing to the government? As an individual would you approximate your T4 amount to your accountant? The answer to both of these, I hope, is no. Unfortunately, customs compliance is often treated in this manner.
After passing the Lincoln tunnel, beyond the city limits, across the sea of swirly twirly gum drops and the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, you arrive at Christmas town. The village is very busy at this time of year in preparation for the big event. There are thousands of elves making millions of presents for all the boys and girls of the whole world. At the centre of the town is Santa’s Workshop where Santa’s crack supply chain team are meeting to talk about the issues of the day.
I was having a philosophical moment while sipping on a glass of wine after a rewarding day in the supply chain and compliance industry. I asked myself the question: where is the customs brokerage industry headed?
Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group
Recently I had a meeting with a prospective client that ended in a thank you. She spoke with great pride about her business and her passion. I was won over by her charm, authenticity and her enthusiasm for her business and life. I really appreciated that she took time out of her busy schedule to make time for me. With me coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I knew her time was valuable and I didn’t want to disappoint. That’s when we started talking about how she was using best practices in supply chain management in her business. At the end of my visit I was thankful for meeting a great person that I could help grow her business and she was thanking me for my experience and knowledge that I brought to the table.
Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Business Development and Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group
If you are a career compliance professional, you are probably aware of how difficult it is to convince C-suite executives to invest in compliance. The pressure on organizations to have their products launched into the market, fulfilling orders and generating revenue regardless of “technicalities” is intense. Competitiveness pushes organizations to perform without looking at long term implications of not “doing the right things”. Compliance and supply chain professionals are very aware that being only concerned with the here and now is too short term.
Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions
Have you ever gone out to dinner on a special occasion and ordered the steak and was disappointed at the results? Was it too chewy, tough, or overcooked? Maybe it wasn’t AAA grade. Maybe the cook didn’t know how to grill the perfect steak. Just like a trip to a steakhouse, quality matters in customs brokerage. As an importer you are responsible for the accuracy and compliance of the customs entries submitted to the Canadian government.