Companies of all sizes in all industries struggle with trade compliance programs and the trade compliance role. There are many reasons why a compliance program is controversial. Here are the top 10 reasons why a trade compliance program is truly an unnecessary waste of resources:
1. Trade compliance is a cost center with no financial benefit to the company.
Except for avoiding audits, penalties and border delays. Except for avoiding duty under special programs such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, the Generalized System of Preferences. Except for tariff engineering, broker management, supplier management.
2. Classification is easy.
Anyone can do it — just pick the lowest duty rate and let Customs tell us if we’re wrong. Until Customs catches you and sends you a bill for the duty (plus interest) for all entries made over the last five years. And don’t forget the penalty that’s sure to follow.
3. Shipments to and from Canada and Mexico are not really imports/exports.
Tell that to U.S. Customs. Canada and Mexico may be our biggest trading partners, but they have their own customs services to deal with. And, oh yeah, those folks at Commerce may require an export license.
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Source: Rick Miller | Tyler Search Consultants — Originally printed in The Journal of Commerce.