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Issues and Challenges

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are essentially contractual arrangements between countries concerning their trade relationships. They may be bilateral or multilateral, that is, between two countries or more than two countries, and they result in lower tariff barriers between the participating members.

While FTAs can be a source of significant cost savings, the effort of administering an FTA program is not always worth the perceived gain for importers. This is because importers typically manage FTAs manually. When a new product is sourced, an importer must determine whether any FTAs apply, and then solicit suppliers to obtain product information and certificates of origin that meet the requirements of the particular agreement. Managing thousands of products for multiple agreements can quickly become overwhelming.

On the other end, exporters must qualify their goods and provide the certificates to their buyers. This involves processing a potentially complex bill of materials (BOM) against the rules of origin for the relevant trade agreements. The results of the qualification analysis form the basis for the certificates of origin and preferential duty treatment for the product.


How Amber Road Can Help

Amber Road's Trade Agreement Management solution automates the supplier solicitation, qualification and certificate management processes for importers and exporters. By associating certifications with products, the system maintains audit trails of preferential claims and how they were achieved.

A global trade management system enables importers and exporters to automate key free trade agreement management processes such as:


Duty Management

Free trade agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA and others represent an attractive opportunity for exporters to grow their business overseas by making their products more affordable in growing markets. And for importers, FTAs allow them to dramatically lower the duties and taxes they pay.

Today there are more than 500 free or preferential agreements around the world for companies to use.

Customer Testimonial: Benjamin Moore

Peter Shea, Senior Manager, Customs Import/Export Compliance at Benjamin Moore, discusses how they have automated the NAFTA qualification process with Amber Road.

Benjamin Moore achieved more progress in four months than in the past 15 years, making a huge impact on their business and impressing the COO. Interested in achieving those same results? Learn more about saving on duties through free trade agreements.




“Using Amber Road, there is now higher awareness and consideration of preferential customs tariffs, which enriches our strategic decision making.”


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