Having a logistics company that complies with international laws is essential to maintaining an efficient and ethical supply chain. At TOC Logistics we work diligently to ensure that we’re up-to-date on international laws that can or will affect our services, clients, and the supply chain. A lack of knowledge about international laws can be annoying during the best case situations and disastrous among worst case scenarios, which is why working with a knowledgeable logistics company is imperative to meeting even the most basic client needs.
International business opens many doors to increasing profits for an organization and meeting additional client needs as they arise. These doors also open an abundance of potential problems as you learn to follow and work with international laws. Most countries have similar yet different laws, policies, and procedures. When in a foreign market, it is important to follow their rules, despite how basic that may seem, it can easily cause problems when not taken seriously. Obtaining the proper permits, obeying the laws of that country, and ensuring this process goes smoothly is up to the logistics & supply chain companies to provide the best for their clients. After all, this is why the clients aren’t doing it themselves. It’s our job to ensure we are knowledgeable enough about international laws to create a seamless transport process.
One of the most important international laws to abide by is that of classification, which is a universal policy in the logistics industry. These classifications allow the Customs duty assessments to become less tedious for everyone involved. Customs compliance programs are also an incredibly important international law to abide by. Customs compliance programs may vary around the world, therefore it is important to be aware of the policies for the location in which you are working in. A violation of the Customs compliance programs can result in hefty fines and delayed transport. Last, but certainly not least is a deep understanding of free trade agreements. Understanding the implications and requirements of free trade agreements is imperative to a timely transportation process and avoiding fines.
Despite the constant change in international laws, it is often the long-standing laws and regulations that cause the most issues in global transport. According to Logistics Management, Suzanne Richer, president of Customs & Trade Solutions, Inc. says, “The majority of penalties or ‘holds’ issued against importers are not due to non-compliance with new regulations, but rather with non-compliance against long standing regulatory requirements.”
Working with an organization that places value on staying up-to-date and knowledgeable on international laws is a must in the global logistics industry. At TOC Logistics, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Not only are we client focused and solutions driven; we make it our objective to ensure that we pay attention to the details so that your goals are met without encountering unnecessary problems along the way.