Guest Column: Global Supply Chain Best Practices Quiz

Start the New Year right with nine tips for evaluating your supply chain management organization



7. Trade compliance processes must be integrated with supply chain processes.

Questions:
  • Are there documented processes and procedures that define each function's responsibilities in trade?

  • Are trade metrics part of normal operational performance reviews?

  • Is there employee compliance awareness training and defined roles and responsibilities?

  • Are regular internal audits conducted?

8. Unique data that facilitate trade should be accurately created once, stored in a central location and used over and over again.

Questions:
  • Are trade data created and stored in a centralized location?

  • Are trade data easy to access? (This includes classification, country of origin, certificates of origin, historical transactions, government inquiries and responses.)

  • Are NAFTA certificates of origin easy to locate?

9. Export determination, the process of determining the appropriate government authorization for your transaction, must be performed on all export shipments.

Questions:
  • Do you make proper export determinations at the individual transaction level?

  • Do you screen all of your customers, suppliers, distributors, forwarders, brokers, bankers, etc., against the various "bad guy" export lists at time an order is placed and again prior to shipment?

  • Do you perform export determination for each hand-carry, temporary export, release of technology, etc., that is outside the normal revenue shipment stream?


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