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John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based international trade compliance trainer, writer, and actor. He has been helping companies big and small to navigate the choppy waters of international transportation for decades.
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Commercial Letters of Credit – What They Are & Issues That May Arise

Congratulations! A potential foreign customer for your small business has placed an order. You're going global. That's terrific! But as good as it is, there are challenges with export orders that far surpass the challenges of domestic...
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How to Use a U.S. Customs Bond for Your Import-Export Business

You've decided to start an import-export business or expand your existing business by importing goods from abroad and reselling them. Wonderful! America was founded on import-export business - nearly all the reasons behind our...
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Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Code Explained for Imports & Exports

The harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) system applies to every import and export. Duties and tariffs can impact your business whether you import and export or you operate entirely domestically. Read on to learn the basics of the harmonized tariff schedule and how it can affect your business.
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The Economics of International Trade – Import and Export Taxes & Tariffs

Today’s small-business person sees wonderful opportunities in the news. Do you want to start importing to obtain competitively valued products to resell or exporting to expand the market for your goods? Either way, you require an understanding of all the different types of government controls.
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Changing From NAFTA to USMCA – How to Prepare Your Business

The April 2020 announcement of a midsummer replacement of NAFTA was unexpected. For many companies, this short window doesn’t offer enough time. But the new USMCA has some significant changes for many businesses, including stronger enforcement provisions. Will you be ready by July 1?