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Negotiators say talks are going well even amidst new disagreements


With NAFTA at the forefront of business minds all over North America, Trump may be throwing another wrench into the negotiations: a condition concerning Mexican immigration.


Trump wants to make undocumented Mexican labour something Mexico itself has to solve as a condition of NAFTA. It is currently unclear as to whether or not this is something that will actually come up at the talks, especially given ministers from all three countries are pushing to wrap up the deal.


While Trump says there is no deadline for the new deal, he has previously said that the talks were coming along great. However, Trump’s threats to leave NAFTA completely and his new threat to tie Mexican immigration to the deal still have business leaders in the country worried.


Canada and Mexico still are optimistic that a deal will be reached by May, even with the two countries disagreeing with the United States on the details of a number of issues. Mexico has no intention of bringing immigration to the NAFTA table, however—Mexico’s defense is that its migration policy is domestic and attempts to tie NAFTA to it are an unacceptable.


The potential issue of Mexican immigration controls isn’t the only one making a finalized NAFTA deal complicated. The automotive industry is another tense point; Canada and Mexico are reluctant to adhere to tougher regulations about the contents of and tariffs on vehicles made in North America. While the Trump team has relaxed on the issue, it hasn’t gone away completely.
 

Dairy exports and imports are also a thorny issue. Duty on milk imports in Canada is priced at 270%, which effectively creates a protectionist economy that prioritizes Canadian business within Canada. The United States wants to make more inroads in Canadian markets such as dairy, but Canada doesn’t want that to happen. Neither country wants to budge. It remains to be seen how NAFTA will handle the agricultural supply chains, such as dairy.


However, despite all the uncertainty, at least two of the countries are sure a new deal will be finalized soon—and Mexico in particular is invested in getting a deal out, given an election in July might shake up their administration and change the terms Mexico wants and is willing to work with.

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Why should you consider a Customs Broker?



Customs Brokers are available to handle the documentation of point of origin, cost, and goods of your exports and imports. You
may have heard of them before, but why should you use one? You could consider handling your business’ imports and exports on your own, but it’s a hassle keeping up with the process, especially as laws and regulations change (and as more are possibly set to change) in the current political climate.

 

American businesses, especially small businesses, can benefit greatly from a professional Customs Broker handling their exports.

 

A Customs Broker will take away the frustration. Instead of working to clear your shipped goods on your own, you can pass off the relevant information for your exports and know professionals are taking care of the details. Professional Customs Brokers know the bureaucracy of customs better than you ever will need to. Tariffs, local laws, and the differing regulations around transport methods needn’t be your concern—you know your business, and they know theirs.

 

This means that you don’t have to worry about keeping customs paperwork in order. Less frustration and less time spent on preparing your goods for exporting means you have more time to focus on what matters—expanding your business.

 

Customs Brokers can help there, too. American small businesses stand to break into Canadian markets with ease with a Customs Broker. That’s over 33 million more potential consumers for your business you can access with ease, especially with streamlined online Customs Broker services.

 

All the expertise of a Customs Broker means you stand to save money as well as time. No more guesswork on customs regulations that may mean returned goods and lost shipping costs. Customs Brokers can also help you set yourself and your imports to Canada as commercial, saving American businesses provincial tax and potentially allowing for tax credits.

 

If you’re ready to speak to a Customs Broker for your business, you can find out more here.

 

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With NAFTA at the forefront of business minds all over North America, Trump may be throwing another wrench into the negotiations: a condition concerning Mexican immigration.

Trump wants to make undocumented Mexican labour something Mexico itself has to solve as a condition of NAFTA. It is currently unclear as to whether or not this is something that will actually come up at the talks, especially given ministers from all three countries are pushing to wrap up the deal.

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Washington State is being accused of imposing an embargo on shipping coal by private company Lighthouse Resources Inc—but not legally. Lighthouse claims they have a lease for their Washington land that allows coal exports, but Washington has blocked a key aspect of the construction of the coal terminal.

Anyone else looking to export coal in Washington isn’t going to have much luck either. Lighthouse’s coal terminal’s construction being blocked makes it the sixth coal terminal to be denied approval in some way in the state. This terminal—dubbed the Millennium Coal Terminal—isn’t being denied outright, though.

In order to proceed with finalizing and operating the coal terminal, Lighthouse needs a key water quality permit. It’s been denied on the grounds of, Lighthouse accuses, a philosophical opposition to coal.

Washington is sticking to its guns—Lighthouse’s application for the permit, which outlined 240 pages of information about the coal terminal’s water quality plans, was rejected with prejudice. Lighthouse cannot refile, which means the coal embargo they are accusing Washington State of enforcing has fallen on them. Without that water quality permit, the terminal cannot legally go forward.

The conflict is opening up a lot of questions about state sovereignty and the reaches of the law. The fact is that while coal goes against Washington’s Governor Inslee’s commitment to alternative fuels, Washington didn’t reject the water quality permit based on a state law or regulation. Instead, the permit was denied based on concerns about rail transport of the coal from Wyoming and Montana by rail and the possible emission—and rail-related effects are under federal control.

Any actions taken by Lighthouse on a state level to mitigate their coal terminal effects mean nothing, according to the state, but they’ve cited a federal technicality to support their right as a state to decide what goes on inside its borders.

Whether or not the claim will hold up has yet to be seen. Lighthouse has filed a lawsuit against the state and expects the denial to not hold up, and they’re citing federal laws in their case. Washington’s side has environmentalist groups looking to support them; Lighthouse’s has the rail company implicated in the permit denial. One thing is for certain: whatever the outcome of the lawsuit is, it’s going to have a big impact on the ideological struggle between state sovereignty and federal law.
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Customs Brokers are available to handle the documentation of point of origin, cost, and goods of your exports and imports. You may have heard of them before, but why should you use one? You could consider handling your business’ imports and exports on your own, but it’s a hassle keeping up with the process, especially as laws and regulations change (and as more are possibly set to change) in the current political climate.

American businesses, especially small businesses, can benefit greatly from a professional Customs Broker handling their exports.

A Customs Broker will take away the frustration. Instead of working to clear your shipped goods on your own, you can pass off the relevant information for your exports and know professionals are taking care of the details. Professional Customs Brokers know the bureaucracy of customs better than you ever will need to. Tariffs, local laws, and the differing regulations around transport methods needn’t be your concern—you know your business, and they know theirs.

This means that you don’t have to worry about keeping customs paperwork in order. Less frustration and less time spent on preparing your goods for exporting means you have more time to focus on what matters—expanding your business.

Customs Brokers can help there, too. American small businesses stand to break into Canadian markets with ease with a Customs Broker. That’s over 33 million more potential consumers for your business you can access with ease, especially with streamlined online Customs Broker services.

All the expertise of a Customs Broker means you stand to save money as well as time. No more guesswork on customs regulations that may mean returned goods and lost shipping costs. Customs Brokers can also help you set yourself and your imports to Canada as commercial, saving American businesses provincial tax and potentially allowing for tax credits.

If you’re ready to speak to a Customs Broker for your business, you can find out more here.
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Amazon is the biggest e-commerce marketplace right now. Chances are even you have purchased an item from the website at least once. The best part about Amazon isn’t necessarily the ease at which we can make purchases from the comfort of anywhere, though. The best part is that it is not a closed online marketplace. Any business owner — small or big– or entrepreneur, can register as an Amazon seller and gain access to the vast sea of consumers.

Upon registering as an Amazon seller, businesses have two options: the Professional seller or Individual seller programs. Your choice will depend on the level of maturity that your business has reached at the time of becoming a part of the marketplace, but what is important to note is that in either case, a percentage of your total revenue will be deducted by Amazon: this is called the Referral fee.

Referral fees are one component comprising Amazon’s relatively short list of selling fees. The Referral fee varies in percentage deductible according to product category. For example, books have a 15% referral fee — in some cases, the percentage can go as low as 6%!

The deductions that Amazon collects from your total revenue are no arbitrary calculation. For all products, Amazon calculates a percentage from the total amount paid by the customer, including delivery charges and add-ons, such as gift wrapping. It is from this sum that the Referral fee emerges and is collected.

Amazon’s Selling fees, including the Referral fee, could be seen as the equivalent to a business paying rent for a shop in the physical world. As we know, nothing in life comes for free, but these deductions are a truly small price to pay for the exposure your business will receive in the Amazon marketplace.
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clearing customs

Clearing customs is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind when you are looking to grow your business by importing and exporting across borders. Expanding a business is undoubtedly exciting, but proceeding with a sharp attention to detail will be key to ensure that things go smoothly.

Sifting through the web of red tape in place can be difficult, but getting ready to ship products responsibly will be paramount in order to avoid delays, fees, and penalties. Of course, no one likes paperwork, but the reality is that there’s no avoiding it.

Get your papers in order

Make sure that you are clear on which customs forms you might need, and note that specific requirements can vary not only from country to country, but they may vary on a regional scale as well.

Additionally, it’s important to complete all required forms as accurately as you can, with high attention to detail. This will help reduce any possible delays or confusion caused by giving incomplete information to customs officials. The more easy you make it for an official to get information, the easier it is for them to send goods smoothly along their way.

Read the news

Simply put, keeping updated on all news related to trade will help in preparing for a shift in regulations and/or requirements. Our political climate is always in a state of change, meaning international shipping regulatory framework is constantly shifting.

Rules can even change overnight! There is typically much at stake, leaving you high and dry with delays, fees, and/or penalties.

e-Commerce is international

It is now easier than ever to start an online shop. With that, there’s been an exponential spike in first-time exporters. If your product is searchable by web, then its reach is international, and your products have the potential to move across borders.

That means it’s important to have an understanding of the regulations in countries you are doing business in. The growth of e-commerce businesses also means a spike in people looking for guidance. It has never been easier to get shipping advice. Customs agents are available to chat with you at the click of a button here.

Working with a customs broker

Shippers that would rather not deal with the small, gritty details of exporting should consider appointing a customs broker to do so on their behalf. A customs broker’s job is to help the release and account of goods imported to the US, all while assuring compliance.

More importantly, a customs broker saves you valuable time and money. Working with Clearit USA is efficient, you can live chat with agents on demand, to process your shipments and answer any questions. The best part? There are no hidden fees. We have easy, flat fee clearance charges.

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