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December 2015

Global Training Center

An Interview with a Self-Described Customs Groupie

Michael Laden is a recognized expert in the customs compliance and the supply chain regulatory environment and has more than 35 years of experience in the international trade industry. He is a self-described customs groupie. Prior to founding Trade Innovations in 2005, Laden was the director of Global Trade Services for Target Corporation. Since 1981, he has been licensed as a customs broker by U.S.Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He was involved in the development of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a voluntary-incentive based supply chain security program, and is the author of “Make C-TPAT Work for You,” which can be purchased at the Global Training Center.

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Mexico Would be an Economic Superstar Without Corruption

Mexico is losing billions of dollars to corruption that could instead be pumping the country’s slowing economy. Corruption could be costing Mexico some $890 billion pesos a year ($53 billion), or 5% of the country’s GDP.


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The Jedi Effect: How Star Wars Is Boosting U.S. Toy Imports

The Force is strong with Asian toy makers, offering a new hope for the region’s struggling exporters. Shipments to the U.S. of lightsabers, action figures, and other paraphernalia spawned by the forthcoming Star Wars film will help drive a 10.9 percent jump in American toy imports in 2015, according to an analysis by Mario Moreno, senior economist at JOC Insights, IHS Maritime & Trade. That’s good news for Asian manufacturers, especially those in China and Vietnam, as well as U.S. retailers, he said.

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Keurig using new system to import coffee into US

Keurig Green Mountain is planning to import coffee beans into the U.S. through duty-free sites as the company seeks to cut costs amid plunging sales of its pods and brewers. The company recently moved its coffee sourcing from…

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Your Import Export Education Experts

Dedicated to Education – Where others use training seminars/webinars as a means to generate information and leads for their core business, usually consulting, software or legal practice, GTC was founded and continues to operate on the fundamental notion of educating individuals on international trade and customs matters.

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2015 Thanksgiving Fun Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners for this year’s Thanksgiving Challenge. The winners were randomly selected. Each winners received a $25 gift card from Amazon or Starbucks. Congrats to Debbie Sherman, Emily Jones, Kevin Bruning, Mindy Cunningham, and Lynne McGowan

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Holiday Imports Grow in 2015 | Signals Busier Shopping Season

Just like the evergreens at a Christmas tree farm, holiday imports are growing this season. That’s right, they are big and ready to be chopped… I mean shopped. Compared to 2014, this year’s seasonal Santa surplus is up 6%…

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Do I have Adequate Internal Controls to Manage My Import-Export Trade Risks?

Many companies are simply unaware of the scope of their trade risks in this area, but ignorance is no excuse under the law and luck is not a strategy! In another blog post, we’ll discuss how to get complete and accurate import-export..

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