Ships in the Port of Muskegon could begin handling cargo as early as Spring 2017 if area business leaders agree to commit freight to a proposed trade route connecting the West Michigan city to the Port of Milwaukee.… Read More Area Business Leaders Gather to Discuss Future of Muskegon Port & Great Lakes Trade
Have you ever received a letter from your biggest customer telling you that they cannot send any more purchase orders until you are “ITAR Certified”? The terms get confusing, as the wording may have also said, “ITAR Registered” or “ITAR Compliant.” Let’s sort through the issues to find out what they are really asking for… Read More What It Really Means to be ITAR Compliant: Why you should stop saying you are ITAR certified
The 17th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium: Powering the Pipeline will be held March 10, from 8 a.m.-noon, in the Loosemore Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus.… Read More 17th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium
With diplomatic ties between the U.S and Cuba now reestablished, many believe it isn’t long before the almost 56-year-old embargo is lifted with limited market expansion to follow and full liberalization in the near future.… Read More Cuba: A Market Worth a Second Glance?
Join Van Andel Global Trade Center on January 20, 2016 for a morning of Culture & Coffee – Navigating Asia.… Read More 5 Minutes of Culture & Coffee
Value Added Tax (VAT) is a growing source of revenue for governments, now levied in more than 160 countries. The main exception is the United States. Nevertheless, with on-going globalization of trade, US companies will likely encounter VAT while doing business across borders. Global trends are towards indirect taxes, such as VAT, as global corporate… Read More Understanding Value Added Tax
U.S. Trade with Canada and Mexico supports over 140,000 small and medium-sized businesses. Often, many small business’ first foreign customers are in Canada and Mexico thanks to NAFTA. Signed into effect in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created one of the world’s largest free trade zones. The agreement was built upon the… Read More Debunking the Myths of NAFTA