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New DHL Survey Shows High Expectations for Holiday Season

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to navigate and manage the impacts of the pandemic as they prepare for the 2021 holiday season. From global supply chain disruptions to labor shortages, the past two years have been particularly difficult for business planning. However, many SMEs, especially those with e-commerce operations, have adapted and even

By |2021-11-18T13:39:30+00:00November 18th, 2021|

Top Tips to Go Global: Don’t be Spooked by International Trade

While it may seem frightening to some, now’s the best time to explore how to expand your businesses’ international presence. While globalization has created opportunities for small businesses to sell their goods and services in new markets, not enough of them are taking advantage of these international opportunities. In fact, according to the U.S.

By |2021-10-27T17:24:10+00:00October 27th, 2021|

Is Your Small Business Taking Advantage of the USMCA Trade Agreement?

This summer marks one year since the groundbreaking United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into force. A dynamic free trade agreement that replaced NAFTA, the USMCA was engineered to boost the cross-border flow of goods and services by simplifying regulations, streamlining customs processes, and directly assisting traders. What makes the agreement so unique and significant? For

By |2021-09-10T12:23:04+00:00July 27th, 2021|

New Report Shows Resilience of International Trade Amid COVID-19

If you run a small or medium-sized business, international trade could play a powerful role in your pandemic recovery plans. This is especially true for companies engaged in global e-commerce, which has seen rapid change and growing activity as people avoid retail stores and shop increasingly from home. On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive

By |2021-02-09T17:11:10+00:00February 9th, 2021|

How to Prepare for the Chinese New Year and Other Supply Chain Disruptions

For companies that import or manufacture products in China, now is the time to prepare for significant supply chain disruptions due to the upcoming Chinese New Year. The official public holiday runs from February 11–17, 2021, but production facilities across China will close for varying amounts of time starting January 31 through the beginning

By |2021-01-11T21:49:30+00:00January 11th, 2021|

Understanding Incoterms 2020: Learn the Language of Trade

Sometimes the most difficult part of negotiating an international contract is the language barrier.  English is a second language for many of us and we do not all speak the same “English”.  Wouldn’t it be great to cut through the English language barrier and reach common ground when negotiating international contracts?  The solution is INCOTERMS®

By |2020-11-11T19:56:26+00:00May 14th, 2020|

A Bright Light for Small Businesses: USMCA Implementation

Many businesses around the country are suffering due to the economic impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Small businesses are especially being hit hard, with thousands in survival mode.However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. For example, the Small Business Association (SBA) is offering loans and other debt relief, as well

By |2020-11-11T19:50:51+00:00April 21st, 2020|

Is Your Company Ready to Go Global?

As the leader of an e-commerce company which is currently fulfilling domestic orders but contemplating expanding to include international sales, shipping logistics is a serious concern. Since the internet gained mainstream acceptance decades ago, the technology's ability to take a local company global has become crystal clear. However, leaping into cross-border commerce without solid

By |2020-11-11T19:57:38+00:00February 24th, 2020|

A Look Ahead: Trade in 2020

The past year has been challenging for many businesses around the world impacted by the global trading system. However, a new report from DHL reveals that globalization is holding up under pressure; a trend that is anticipated to continue in 2020. The DHL Global Connectedness Index reported that shrinking international capital flows caused global

By |2020-11-11T20:17:44+00:00January 7th, 2020|

Chinese New Year: What Your Business Needs to Know

The next Chinese New Year, falling on Saturday, January 25, is an auspicious occasion but also an event that promises to slow your company’s production and create supply-chain disruptions before, during, and after the holiday. Ushering in the Year of the Rat, factories in mainland China and Hong Kong typically shut down for approximately three

By |2020-11-11T19:58:19+00:00December 16th, 2019|
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