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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using
import-export data to advantage

Category Archive: Imports

CBP’s Bonding Falls Short

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

DHS report documents multimillion write-off on failures to collect by Peter Quinter, guest columnist The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report criticizing US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In a June 2011 report entitled “Efficacy of Customs and Border…

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Practical Tools

Category: Imports, Resources

In Miami: Seminar equips food importers to meet CBP, FDA rules It’s become an annual event in Miami. This year’s seminar on importing food to the US, Practical Tools for Trade in the Food Industry, will be held Wednesday, September 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Port…

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A World of Alternatives

Datamyne’s bread-and-butter application: multiplying sourcing options “I HATE MY CABLE COMPANY.” It’s a staple of online community bulletin boards. People post a rant about the take-it-or-leave-it service provided by the cable TV company, or the phone company or pet groomer or dry cleaner or (fill in the blank) that monopolizes…

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Troubled Waters

Category: Imports, Markets

Hurricanes, oil spills, and now flooding feed the dead zone The Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is forecast to cover 8,500 to 9,421 square miles – an area the size of New Hampshire – this summer, surpassing the record set in 2002, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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Bruised Rep

Category: Imports, Trade Data

Not another Weiner story: this time it’s homegrown apples A Wall Street Journal story that the US Department of Agriculture found residues of 48 different pesticides in a recent sampling of apples bruises the reputation (and possibly sales) of America’s second most popular fruit. Unlike the top choice, bananas, most apples…

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Made in Korea?

Gearing up to crack down on false claims to FTA tariff treatment The Korea Customs Service (KCS) announced it is proactively starting to prohibit third-party goods from falsely claiming Korean origin. This in expectation that false claims will rise as free trade agreements with the EU and the…

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With Apologies to Meryl Streep

Category: Imports, Trade Data

When the actress plays a role, it’s artistry. When tilapia is passed off as snapper, it’s fraud. We called it “cluck-cluck cutlet of the sea” – without much flavor of its own, tilapia takes on the flavors of the other ingredients in a range of recipes. Now the New York Times…

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Handy Tool

Look up tariffs for imports and exports between free-trade partners online The International Trade Administration (ITA) has a new online tool that’s handy for looking up tariff information on 85% of the goods going to 20 country markets with which the US has negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA), Colombia,…

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Gauging Japan Disaster’s Impact

Argus Rail Business taps Datamyne to benchmark containerized import volumes There’s been no dent in rail freight traffic in North America resulting from March’s triple disasters in Japan … yet. But expect that to change, cautions a report from Argus Rail Business.The Argus Media publication cites Datamyne data…

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Category: Imports, Trade Data

Celebrating imports from Mexico Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Batalla de Puebla at which Mexican forces soundly defeated the French army, which had been dispatched by Napoleon III to secure an empire in the Western Hemisphere. While the French wouldn’t quit Mexico for another six years, Californians kicked off…

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