Export Compliance = Risk Management

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If you are relying on your logistics service providers or your busy shipping department for export compliance you may be at risk. Both upper management commitment and front line training are essential parts of an Export Management & Compliance Program. While risk management always gets C level attention, export compliance is often a mid-management or lower level function.

Fines and penalties for violations should make export compliance a basic part of risk management. Best practices, including an EMCP, will reduce exposure to steep fines and penalties as described by BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) on their website https://www.bis.doc.gov/.

BIS offers a number of on-line courses at no cost. Check them out under the Training and Compliance tab and get started!

Penalties Violators of the Export Administration Act of 1979, may be subject to both criminal and administrative penalties. When the EAA is in effect, criminal penalties can reach 20 years imprisonment and $1 million per violation.

Privileges A denial of export privileges prohibits a person from participation in any transaction subject to the EAR.

Got Wicked Problems?

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I came across the term “wicked problem” in the text for an International Supply Chain Management course. A wicked problem involves multiple stakeholders, each with different interests and values. As a result, there is no single common goal , no clear mission, and no universal solution. Any solution, after being implemented, will generate waves of consequences and can result in making the problem worse. A suggested framework for tackling a wicked problem consists of 4 levels of increasing complexity: Level 1- Process Engineering and inventory management. Level 2- Assets and Infrastructure. Level 3- Organizations and Inter-organizational networks. Level 4- the Macro Environment- PEST (Political, Economic, Social, and Tech). Fortunately, not all logistics problems are wicked problems. In most cases logistics problems are tactical and can be solved using Level 1 and 2 solutions. Supply chain issues are strategic and more complex so best suited to Levels 3 and 4. *Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Incoterms (continued)

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Incoterms (continued) Contrary to popular belief Incoterms do not cover title to goods, ownership, or invoice payment. They do cover obligations of buyer and seller for payment for insurance, transport, export and import clearance, and division of other costs of storage or delivery. Incoterms will be updated again in 2020 by the International Chamber of Commerce.