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I hope I'm getting through this quick enough for the we have time for questions so when something London shows up here goods arrive at an inland port things can happen we could have examination we can have from either US Customs and or partner government agencies we used to call them other government agencies but everybody mental is is kind of linked into customs a system so flagging fighting items for examination and things like that are something that US Customs is doing all the time and these customs exams these can be just document review they can be a tailgate exam where they just go open up the back of the container make sure everything looks all right we can be as a backer which is an x-ray exam or we can have an intensive exam now it's important to note that that exam can happen anywhere in the in the movement of the gut in the United States so that is man can happen in LA even if I'm trusting clearing in Kansas City or Chicago or Dallas that exam can happen there it can also happen in my local court of Kansas City Chicago Dallas a la as well things look that night exam can be flagged by customs agents any one of those ports and it can also be flagged by those partner government agencies like the FDA the USDA EPA etc okay because got to remember that US custom is the enforcement arm they have their own regulations but they also enforce I believe it's over 400 rules regulation from partner government agencies so as one of those partner government agencies such as the USDA or FDA flagged something for exam then US Customs conducts that exam usually list with those partner government agencies now of course - so while I'm client telling you that is because of customs brokers we get access to to see who actually flattening for exams so that's information that you'll see on our track and trace programs on death information that will see that all of the flag for exam you know a knowledgeable importer can ask Lowood what kind of exam USDA FDA or just the u.s. customs exam and then what ibaka mean necks ready or is it an intensive exam because as you can imagine an x-ray exam is much quicker than an intensive where they're going to download everything and looking like a lot if it's a promotion container or freight whatever it might be so those are the different kinds of exams that can happen here at the port and it happens it's just something more about that good question and or one on one after this event some things that mitigate exam on the cts customs trade partnership against terrorism what is a voluntary program many of you that are on this call today are members of PT path guardrail is a CT pass consolidator and customs broker as well timely

FAQ

What happens to all of the paper forms you fill out for immigration and customs?

Years ago I worked at document management company.  There is cool software that can automate aspects of hand-written forms.  We had an airport as a customer - they scanned plenty and (as I said before) this was several years ago...On your airport customs forms, the "boxes" that you 'need' to write on - are basically invisible to the scanner - but are used because then us humans will tend to write neater and clearer which make sit easier to recognize with a computer.  Any characters with less than X% accuracy based on a recognition engine are flagged and shown as an image zoomed into the particular character so a human operator can then say "that is an "A".   This way, you can rapidly go through most forms and output it to say - an SQL database, complete with link to original image of the form you filled in.If you see "black boxes" at three corners of the document - it is likely set up for scanning (they help to identify and orient the page digitally).  If there is a unique barcode on the document somewhere I would theorize there is an even higher likelihood of it being scanned - the document is of enough value to be printed individually which costs more, which means it is likely going to be used on the capture side.   (I've noticed in the past in Bahamas and some other Caribbean islands they use these sorts of capture mechanisms, but they have far fewer people entering than the US does everyday)The real answer is: it depends.  Depending on each country and its policies and procedures.  Generally I would be surprised if they scanned and held onto the paper.   In the US, they proably file those for a set period of time then destroy them, perhaps mining them for some data about travellers. In the end,  I suspect the "paper-to-data capture" likelihood of customs forms ranges somewhere on a spectrum like this:Third world Customs Guy has paper to show he did his job, paper gets thrown out at end of shift. ------  We keep all the papers! everything is scanned as you pass by customs and unique barcodes identify which flight/gate/area the form was handed out at, so we co-ordinate with cameras in the airport and have captured your image.  We also know exactly how much vodka you brought into the country. :)

How can I send my parcel weighting 1 kg with 1 saree to Canada? I don’t know which form will I fill for customs clearance.

No forms required. Print a Proforma Invoice declare ‘No commercial value - Free Gift’ you need to declare a value for Customs Purposes. It can be sent through any international courier such as DHL, Fedex etc.,

What are your experiences moving back to India from the western countries? Are you happy with your decision?

Nagarajan Srinivas (நாகராஜன் ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ்) : Thanks for the A2A.First a disclaimer:Like Nehru: “ I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere.” I have lived in several places and I believe there are no perfect places and no terrible places. Each place has something to offer and something that is terrible. We just have to make peace with it.My experience largely stems from staying in Chennai over the last 2.5 years though I have extensively travelled in the south and made many trips to places in the North.Downvoters alert. Don’t shoot this down.No one cares for rules: No one cares for rules, more so on the road. People drive through red lights, make illegal U turns, come on the wrong side of the road. Worse, if I were to stop at a red light, there are people honking behind me feverishly as if something is on fire.No respect for life: I have seen accidents happen on the roads that could have been easily avoided. It was mortifying to see a 2 wheeler with 4 people being hit by a truck and the 2 children dying. The irony is that I had warned the rider of the 2 wheeler a week before the actual accident (he works in a shop that I frequent) that he is driving dangerously. He now blames everyone — the truck driver, the by-standers, the ambulance and the hospital. I can’t explain the feeling of carrying a dead child in my arms for his father’s fault.People judge a lot and without reason: People are judgemental. Needlessly. And without any basis. Why should they be bothered about my life style or the lights in my room at 3 a.m when I am not bothering them?People don’t learn the lessons:People witnessed the rainfall in December 2015 exceeding normal limits by over three times, a drainage system that isn’t functional, creeks and culverts that are blocked due to excessive dumping of garbage as well as the administration’s failure to ensure timely de-silting. Did they learn the lesson? NO. We saw a similar occurrence in 2017 as well. The garbage dumps have just grown in those areas.People die due to causes that could be avoided: In an area not far from my house, 2 people died due to dengue. There is water stagnation and there is garbage floating around. Frustrated, I went and talked to the people in the locality and asked them to get themselves organised and clear the swamp. After 4 months, nothing has been done. They are happy to blame a non-existent Corporation, but they are prepared to risk dengue and other diseases.Queue jumping: Very common at almost all public places — petrol station, supermarket, any ticket counters. They almost seem to believe that people who wait in the queue are just fools and that they have lots of time.Punctuality: Rarely is someone on time. A 30 minute delay is not at all a “big deal”. Worse, I have yet to hear anyone apologising for coming late. Detailed explanations are always on offer.Too much intrusion in one’s personal affairs: They would just not be satisfied of how many children I have and what they are doing now, but also want to know why I am not serious about getting them married. Even a very noted and highly respected religious and spiritual leader after knowing the family details suggested that I should get my children married. The organisation has been sending horoscopes though I never made any request and following up with me.Hypocrisy and double standards are part of our life: A famous Professor in a top 20 MBA school and holding a very responsible administrative position teaches Business ethics and waxes eloquent about ethical transgressions in public life. Yet, I have seen him do dubious deals, run his own private consulting practice without informing the school. Multiply this a 100 times.Everyone wants to reach the top of the ladder too soon: Rather tomorrow. They always look for shortcuts and some jugad.No “please’” or “thank you” We don’t have a “please” or a “thank you”: Perhaps it is not in our culture, so one should stop expecting it.Noise/Gossip has become entertainment: Rather than enjoy the performance being offered by dedicated artistes especially in concerts, most people chat and gossip and really spoil the mood of the aficionados. They want to be seen at the concerts, wonder whether they came for any musical experience.People here try to imitate the western culture, but only the superficialities.I am very pained when I write this:People have such high capacity to create filth and mess up the places that they don’t even spare temples. At least 3 of the ancient temples that I have visited had so much filth and dirt and that too inside the temple precinct that it was unbearable . No one— not the devotees, not the priests, not even the temple authorities seem the least perturbed even when it was pointed out to them.I am not happy with the decision, but I convince myself with some of the positive things that I see. I know I can only change so much and do all things possible. I end with the prayer"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

How does the customs clearance process affects the performance of freight forwarders?

Like all good answers I'll start with it depends....Two potential answers based on the context of your question:1.  From the customer perspective.2.  From the freight forwarder perspective.1:   Customer Perspective.Customs clearance is often included in the metrics that customers use to measure freight forwarders.   A customer who is knowledgeable will understand this and measure the performance of the freight forwarder in segments.    Some customers expect and measure the freight forwarder based on their ability to enable the clearance.From a customers perspective if they do not employ a freight forwarder and customs broker separately they will expect the freight forwarder to manage the process.  This means that the forwarder will need to make sure all documentation is accurate, the goods are as they should be, and that both goods and documents / information (data) get to the right place at the right time (ideally earlier than needed) so that the process occurs to achieve an expected service.2.  Freight Forwarder Perspective.Freight forwarders are impacted by customs clearance as the total act of enabling an international transportation experience can start and in almost every case end with some form of filing or clearance with customs.This means a high quality forwarder will understand and be knowledgeable of the requirements both for export and import.   They need to be an expert for the customer.Incorrect documentation at origin can slow exports which will impact cost and service.   Incorrect documentation at destination can result in goods being seized and result in a loss to the customer.   An expert will prevent this from happening.There is also a compliance or legal responsibility for forwarders in many countries to comply with regulations. Not having this process fully in control can result in forwarders being fined or in some cases I have seen examples of criminal charges against management of forwarders who have violated export and import laws.The short answer is, customs processes are part of what a forwarder needs to support customers with.   Customers need to be confident they are working with a forwarder who will protect both the customer and the forwarder by being compliant and managing the process as it is defined in each country a shipment will transit.To find quality forwarders you can get some insights at Go Fleet!

We want to ship directly from China to the end user in Canada (with the customer in Canada handling the customs clearance on their own) without them finding out who the manufacturer is in China. How?

I used to do this when I worked at a trading company. So when the goods have been shipped you will get a copy of the Bill of Lading with the supplier as the ‘shipper’ and your company as the ‘consignee’. You can send a ‘Switch Bill of Lading’ request to the shipping line (or freight forwarder) that is handling the shipment to request that they switch the details to your company as the ‘shipper’ and your customer’s company as the ‘consignee’. They would do this for a set fee, then you will have to provide the customer (importer) a copy of the new Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, Packing List (and any other required documents). Note that all of this would have to be done before the shipment arrives into port (ideally 1 week before).Read how Importers and Exporters connect to share shipping information and documents..

What did your boss do or say to you that made you quit your job?

One of my very first jobs was at a small, independent car dealership. I was there for over 2 years and joke that I held every job at that company except owning it or working on the cars. I was excited for it because it was my first office job and my chance to get out of retail, plus I love cars. I definitely learned a lot during my time there.It was a small company that had 5 employees when I joined and 10 when I left but during my time there I counted 44 employees who came and went. Yes, 44. I sat down once and listed all the names and of employees who came and left and counted. Why such high turnover? It was a pretty toxic environment thanks to the owners. The company was owned by a husband & wife (after working there I vowed to myself I would never work for a husband/wife team). The wife thought she was a big shot and I'm pretty sure the husband was bipolar.I remember one time a guy came in for an interview with the wife. He arrived a few minutes early and waited. 25 minutes after their scheduled interview time the wife strolled in, drinking her large iced tea from her favorite coffee shop. When I mentioned to her the candidate was there she came out of her office and told him, "I'm sorry, I actually don't have time to meet. Can we reschedule?" The candidate understandably became upset and mentioned he had been waiting for nearly half an hour. She got defensive and said "Well if your attitude is like that then we definitely shouldn't meet. There's no need to do the interview anymore." I remember her looking at me with disbelief like "Can you believe this guy?!" as she walked away from him. He dodged a bullet.Remember how I said I held many roles at the company? I started as title clerk, filling out purchase and licensing paperwork by hand, and then got promoted and moved to other roles a few times. Several months before I left they made me go into sales. I discovered I hate sales. I love educating people but do not like to pressure someone into making a decision I don't think is right for them.Initially I was making decent money, I was salaried and received a bonus based on my sales. Then they kept changing the bonus structure and a couple months before I left they put me in a commission structure. That extra bit of pressure did the opposite of encourage me. I was so bad at my job that with the commission structure, I went months not making sales numbers and essentially earned only minimum wage. I couldn't afford bills and went home crying every night, feeling like a total failure. My boyfriend I was living with at the time knew I was trying but struggling and took over all the household bills for those months.One Saturday we were really busy. We had finally switched over to computerized paperwork a year prior so thankfully that process was quicker than when I did it. That's the awesome thing about technology, it does many things faster than humans. Except when it doesn't work which is what happened that day. So we had several buyers wanting to complete their purchases and the one poor title clerk had to fill out all the paperwork by hand. By this point they had added more paperwork so she had to fill out even more for each purchase than when I used to do it.I was trying to help the title clerk where I could but I also had buyers the male owner of the company wanted me to keep on site until their paperwork was signed. At one point I was in a back office talking with the sales manager and the male owner and both asked me questions at the exact same time. It was information overload so I just said the first answer that came to mind which happened to address the sales manager and then I answered the owner's question.Right after that the sales manager left the office to help with customers, the owner became really angry with me because I didn't answer his question first. I remember he started going off and swearing at me, "Don't you dare fu(king go and answer his question before mine! When I ask you a fu(king question, you answer it!" as he pounded his fist against a table and right at that moment another colleague walked in and overheard, slowed to a stop when she saw my face and he just continued. I'm pretty sure I was red faced at that point, both from embarrassment and anger. I simply said, "I'm going back to my customers," and left the room. That was the moment I realized I had had enough and my resolve to find a new job was set.The owner later apologized to me saying he was really stressed and felt bad about taking it out on me like that. Nothing specifically about swearing at me or doing that in front of someone else. I simply thanked him for his apology. Several weeks later I received an offer for a new job and turned in my resignation.I learned a couple things from that challenging time at that job:I will not tolerate being berated and sworn at by someone I work with or for, especially in front of others. That's the minimum level of respect I expect.A guy who's willing to support me emotionally and financially during a difficult time I'm trying to work through is an amazingly supportive guy.As a result of my lessons I always keep my eyes out for red flags at an organization I'm interviewing at. And I married that boyfriend.

In an interview process, they have asked me to fill out a survey asking how much my current base salary is. What should I consider as I fill it?

I will give you advice from my personal experience. It may or may not work for somebody else, but it does work for me. This is a tricky question, I know. You put a number too small, you risk appearing to not value yourself enough and may get less salary than the employer had initially considered. You put your number too high and you risk scaring off the potential employer as having unreasonable expectations. I  usually tell them that salary is just a number and it not a top priority, that I do not want to miss out an opportunity because of a number, and if both parties are very enthusiastic, we can find a reasonable amount (this is an honest opinion, for me salary is not the decisive factor). But many headhunters/recruiters are very insistent on knowing your "expectations". If you are asked directly about your current salary, you can top it off with a few grands ,) No harm in that, but not too much. If asked about your expected salary, I recommend doing a little market research. Visit several websites and find a reasonable number adequate to your new title/responsibilities. If you think you are better than the average (and there's 50% chance you are), you can top it off with a few grands as well.In your situation, since there is no negotiator, only you and the paper, I would recommend putting your salary, or if you find it too low, you can find an average salary on the market for people with similar experience, and put that number.

What is a security clearance within US national security? Is something wrong with the current process to provide security clearances? How does individual revocation help the president?

What is a security clearance within US national security? Is something wrong with the current process to provide security clearances? How does individual revocation help the president?-What is a security clearance within US national security? It more or less means the government has completed a very in-depth background check and then trained you to not tell people the government's secrets. The back ground check helps determine if you get a clearance and if so can you get top secret or just secret. If you pass all of that you get your security clearance and get access to classified information. Security clearances are often revoked, but nothing is said about it unless it's politics. Part of keeping your clearance is how much trust the government can give you. If someone who has a security clearance and goes through a divorce, they will sometimes revoke your clearance. If you get into too much debt, they will revoke your clearance. It boils down to the government deciding if someone can bribe you. It might be to make sure you get custody of your kids or pay off a big debt.-Is something wrong with the current process to provide security clearances? I personally don't. I think we would prefer to be safer t than to regret it later. If anything can be improved on it would to do more psychological examinations. Because Bradley Manning should not have had a security clearance.- How does individual revocation help the president? It helps the president the same way it helps you. It keeps our countries secrets, secret. If other countries knew our capabilities they would know or weakness v and hit us there. If the government needs to revoke someone's clearance, the should.
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