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Best practices for automating your import processes

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Best practices for automating your import processes

  1. 1. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE AUTOMATING YOUR IMPORT PROCESSES
  2. 2. Well-planned, well-executed automation technology delivers considerable business benefits to global importers.
  3. 3. Companies need to look at existing processes and import risks before technology can deliver bottom-line business benefits.
  4. 4. 5 things you need to know before automating your import processes ?
  5. 5. Customs now demands more information, more quickly 1
  6. 6. Customs now demands: • More information, earlier o U.S. Customs 24-hour rule is one example
  7. 7. Customs now demands: • Greater visibility into goods before they arrive at the border due to programs such as: o Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) o Partners In Protection (PIP) o Container Security Initiative (CSI)
  8. 8. Growing demands by customs increases administration and document preparation time.
  9. 9. Consider automating your import processes to cope with growing demands for timely and accurate information. tip
  10. 10. Automation can conquer the main issues that affect import management 2
  11. 11. Successful import management is dependant on resolving the process killers that slow down your operations.
  12. 12. Automation can conquer: • Scattered and uncontrolled data by centralizing product, entry and transaction information
  13. 13. Automation can conquer: • Transaction invisibility by managing import documents, shipment and entry status information electronically
  14. 14. Automation can conquer: • Manual auditing by reducing time and costs while optimizing free trade opportunities
  15. 15. Automation has become a necessity 3
  16. 16. Many of today’s most successful importers rely on automation to sustain their current success and drive future growth.
  17. 17. Benefits of automating import processes include: • Faster time-to-market • Greater global supply chain efficiency and visibility • Assured global trade compliance • Enhanced reporting capabilities • Reduced operating costs
  18. 18. Choose a solution that factors in the dynamics of regulatory changes, new free trade agreements, reporting requirements and product changes. tip
  19. 19. Proper planning reduces risk of costly automation mistakes 4
  20. 20. Companies that rush into automation risk making costly mistakes, such as: • Inadequate processes • Poor vendor selection • Lack of scalability and flexibility to meet business demands
  21. 21. Automation succeeds when organizations can support it with the right people and processes.
  22. 22. Ask yourself, “do I have all the right processes, procedures and people in place to support automation?” tip
  23. 23. Many companies are offering trade automation services 5
  24. 24. It’s important to have a good understanding of the capabilities of your prospective partner.
  25. 25. Find out the right questions to ask Download PDF To learn the questions you should ask a potential trade technology partner, download our PDF.
  26. 26. Harness the power of automation and optimize your import operations… can help with that. Contact Livingston

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