Midwest Global Trade Association

World Trader

From the President: Talentism

By John Wilson, MGTA President

John WilsonMGTAers, at a recent employee mobility program I attended hosted by the Canadian Consulate office in Minneapolis, I was introduced to the word talentism. As our industries evolve into evermore complex and innovative marketplaces, the demand for global talent and employee mobility considerations raises two important questions in my mind:

  1. Do we have sufficient awareness and expertise to move not only goods, but people across borders to meet the needs of changing economies and demographics? I know we have expert MGTAers in this area, but I’ll proffer that more of us will be working less on air, ocean, and rail freight moves in the future and finding more work managing the complexities of moving talented employees in and out of countries.
  2. Are we in tune with existing regulations and current and future free trade agreements that will allow our employees — perhaps you or even your talented children — to take advantage of the global demand for highly-skilled workers? Updating mobility provisions in NAFTA and Trans Pacific Partnership and EU-US free trade agreement possibilities will be an emerging area of compliance. Those business leaders seeking to pursue opportunities in developed and fast-growing economies by having the right human talent in the right place at the right time will shape these policies and provisions to their benefit.

The idea of talentism will impact our trade compliance focus in decades to come. Let us be on the forefront of global trade professionals; proficient in the movement of talent as we are in the movement of goods. More information on employee mobility can be found at numerous sources, including US Customs and Border Protection’s Business & Work website.

Please enjoy this edition of MGTA’s World Trader and keep your ideas and thoughts coming!

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Upcoming Events

MGTA Seminar: Developing an Effective Import Management System

How to design and develop Import Management Systems to ensure efficient operation and legal compliance and manage risk

Event SponsorFocus Solutions

Thursday, July 25, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Best Buy Headquarters
7601 Penn Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423
View complete details and online registration

The seminar is designed to give attendees a comprehensive overview of the Import Management system and the importance of integrating the processes both internally across business functions. It will provide insight into common issues seen from an audit perspective and practice implementation processes to meet regulatory requirements.

2013 Annual MGTA Golf Tournament

August 14, 2013
Noon Shotgun Start
Crystal Lake Golf Course
Lakeville, MN
Complete Details and Online Registration

The course is green and the weather is getting warmer… it’s time to reserve your spot at the 2013 MGTA Golf Tournament!

The format for the tournament will be a best-ball scramble with awards given to teams and individuals. In addition, there will be hole contests such as: hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

Golf registration is limited to 144 golfers. Team entries will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams may reserve a spot by completing the registration form and submitting it with payment via fax or mail to the MGTA office no later than August 9, 2013.

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Thank you Sponsors

Cart Sponsor
Port of Seattle

Giveaway Bag Sponsor
Bremer Bank N.A.

Hole Sponsors
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C.H. Robinson
FOCUS Business Solutions, Inc.
Hyundai Merchant Marine
Independent Packing Services, Inc.
Jacobson Global Logistics
Midwest Consolidators International, Inc.
Neville Peterson LLP
North Star World Trade Service, Inc.
Port of Tacoma
Purolator International
Roanoke Trade Services, Inc.
Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd
Williams Mullen
Zepol Corporation

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Beyond the Border: Streamlining US-Canada Trade

By Kylie Joerdan, Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis

Historically, Canada and the United States have been each other’s largest trading partner. This relationship has only deepened since the 1993 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and now comprises $1.6 billion each day — $570 billion each year.

While NAFTA has simplified trade in North America, businesses involved in global trade still report many challenges in conducting day-to-day trade. In an effort to coordinate border management in ways that spur trade and economic growth, and to expand on NAFTA by enhancing North America’s security, prosperity and economic competitiveness, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Beyond the Border initiative on February 4, 2011.

Beyond the Border was established to address a number of issues. For business, some of the most important of these include upgrading border infrastructure, implementing a single window for companies to submit electronically all data required by government departments for arriving shipments, and harmonizing and enhancing the benefits of trusted trader and traveller programs. Improvements are already being made in all of these areas, and can be seen right here in the Midwest:

  • The border crossing at Pembina, ND/Emerson, MB was one of four chosen for a first round of upgrades. The Canadian government is investing up to $10 million for infrastructure upgrades, including improvements to the Canada Border Services Agency inspection facility, aimed at reducing wait times and alleviating traffic congestion.
  • The Port of Prince Rupert, CBSA and CBP have initiated a pilot project to address risks associated with shipments arriving from offshore based on informed risk management, under the principle of "cleared once, accepted twice.” As part of this program, once a shipment has cleared into Canada, it is loaded onto a CN train and sent to the U.S. without stopping for a second clearance at the International Falls crossing.
  • Since the release of the Border Action Plan 18 months ago, NEXUS membership — a card designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States — has grown by 40%.

The success of the Beyond the Border Initiative depends upon the engagement of the public and business community. As people who participate daily in the world’s largest and most important trading relationship, your input on new approaches to security and economic competitiveness will help guide the implementation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and ensure its success.

E-mail your comments on the Action Plan, or your thoughts on streamlining cross-border trade, to beyondtheborder@hq.dhs.gov.

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"Knowing that we can make a difference in this world is a great motivator. How can we know this and not be involved?"
- Susan Jeffers

Trucking Hours of Service

By Hillary Drake, Andersen Windows

One of the major topics in trucking, especially long haul, are the Hours of Service changes that went into effect on June 1, 2013. The changes affect all commercial motor vehicle drivers. How much impact the changes have on individual business varies depending on the company’s model.

The major change is the new 34-hour restart provision. Starting July 1, a driver can still drive 11 hours between 10 hour breaks. He can drive up to 60 hours in a seven day time span, and then he needs to take a 34-hour break that includes at least two 1am to 5am periods. What does that mean? If I have a driver working Monday-Friday (pretty typical for local delivery routes or drayage companies), he has to be home around midnight Friday night to start work at 6am on Monday.

Drayage near the rail terminals won’t be strongly impacted, but there will be capacity impacts on longer hauls. Truckload capacity has gotten much tighter in the last couple weeks as companies prepare for the change and consumers have started purchasing again. Shippers and receivers need to think about how they can support their trucking companies and make drivers want to go there. The single best thing you can do is respect the driver’s time by keeping your appointments. A delay could cause a ripple effect that means the dirver will spend his or her restart period at a truck stop instead of home.

View more information on the regulations.

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Country of the Month: Dominican Republic

from BBC News and State Department

Dominican Republic

Once ruled by Spain, the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, a former French colony.

The Caribbean nation is a major tourist destination. This, coupled with free-trade zones, has become the country's major employer and key sources of revenue, replacing dependence on sugar, coffee and other exports.

The largely mountainous country includes Pico Duarte — the highest point in the West Indies, the fertile Cibao Valley, swathes of desert, and Lake Enriquillo — the lowest point in the region.

The Dominican Republic is inhabited mostly by people of mixed European and African origins. Western influence is seen in the colonial buildings of the capital, Santo Domingo, as well as in art and literature. African heritage is reflected in music. The two heritages blend in the popular song and dance, the merengue.

Tourism is a major source of income for the Dominican Republic.

Rapid economic development in the 1990s has increased national wealth and diversified employment opportunities, helping the country to rebound from the global market downturn of 2008, but a large gap remains in the distribution of wealth.

The richest 10% of the population, overwhelmingly the white descendants of Spanish settlers, own most of the land and benefit from 40% of national icome. The poorest peasants are people of African descent - including an estimated 800,000 of Haitian immigrant origin.

Distrust has soured relations between the Dominican Republic and its troubled neighbour, Haiti, and the government has carried out mass deportations of Haitian immigrants at various times.

The Dominican Republic is closely tied to the United States, its largest trading partner by far, and home to a major diaspora. Remittances from US Dominicans account for up to 10% of national income.

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Do you know an MGTA member who was recently promoted or hired to an import/export company? Know of a member who recently got married or had a new addition to the family? Share the good news with your industry colleagues by emailing jlloyd@scoular.com.

July 2013
Volume 10, Issue 3

From the President: Talentism

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Border: Streamlining US-Canada Trade
By Kylie Joerdan, Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis

Trucking Hours of Service
By Hillary Drake, Andersen Windows

Country of the Month: Dominican Republic
from BBC News and State Department

Annual Sponsors

Bremer Bank

CH Robinson

Drinker, Biddle, and Reath

Focus Solutions


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Neville Peterson, LLP


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