Sep 12, 2019 | Education
When it comes to importing, exporting, and dealing with domestic freight, the differences are vast. Seriously, we create intelligent software to handle this stuff for a living, and we’re not afraid to let you know that we think it can be incredibly complicated. In fact, that level of complexity and intricacy is exactly why Magaya exists, in the first place—but more on that part later.
Like we were saying, dealing with import, export, and freight regulations can be tricky enough.
Not only do you have paperwork to deal with, third-party companies to vet, live-tracking guarantees to sort through, but you also have a tangle of fees, documentation, duties, and more to handle. Tack on the big jumble of differences in regulation between international and the U.S. and you’ve got yourself a pretty big mess.
The good news? You’re not alone in thinking this. In fact, that’s exactly why we exist. In other words—we’re here to help.
As an importer, exporter, business owner, logistics manager—whichever title you claim (maybe more than one, even) you’re probably already pretty well-versed in a lot of these rules and regulations.
In other words, you don’t need us to go through every little detail with you explaining what the basic differences are between importing and exporting and domestic freight. But we can help with is spelling out the differences in regulations among those three types of things. Then, we’ll take it a step further and explain the specific differences between U.S. and international regulations, too. In fact, we’re going to take it a step further and explain to you the regulatory differences via air, sea, and land travel, too.
Translation? Buckle up—we’re about to dive deep into the regulatory differences you’ve always wanted to understand.
At Magaya, we find the best way to really dive into this information is to first break it down to the basics, so, that’s precisely what we plan to do.
Basic Overview—U.S. Policies for Land and Sea
For importing and exporting into and out of the United States, there are several guidelines, rules, and regulations you’ll need to follow—in fact, there’s about a 200-page document (linked here) from the government that can dive super in-depth for you, but we’re just going to summarize:
Basic Overview—International Policies for Land and Sea (Latin America Edition)
For starters, let’s acknowledge this: speaking about international rules and regulations can get pretty dang tricky because, well, let’s just say it—the world is a big, confusing place, and everyone has their own regulations. So, for simplicity's sake, let’s focus on just a smattering of countries—for this example, we’ll talk about Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
Let’s Talk Panama:
This is the part where we spell out how Magaya can help in a very real, concrete way. Our software is uniquely designed to help those who need to import, export, or use domestic freight to get their cargo from point A to point B, sans complications.
When it comes to imports, you can use our software to either take direct control of the import yourself or use our software to find a business partner within our own private Magaya network to help with the process - all done within the Magaya system.
If you’re selling goods to entities outside of the country and you need to control the export of that cargo, you can do, well the exact same thing—use our software to track and control that export, or work with someone within our Magaya Network to get the job done correctly.
Further, the Magaya Supply Chain software can help you keep your cargo on track at all times—even before you send it off. With Magaya, you can track and complete the paperwork that needs to be filed on time and with the correct entities, like Customs, book the correct type of cargo space (FCL or LCL) for your exports or imports, automate charges and set up tariffs, and partner with freight forwarders by exchanging data via the Magaya system.
Find yourself dealing with customs via air, land, or sea? Or, specifically with ocean-related imports or exports? No problem—we can help with our diverse set of plug-ins that help to deal with compliances set by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, the Automated Commercial Environment (formerly known as the AES), Importer Security Filing, ABI Integration, the Automated Manifest System, and more.
At Magaya, we’re proud to create functional logistics software that doesn’t just help you automate your business, but also helps you to improve your workflow dramatically. Sure, being in the business of importing, exporting, and domestic freight transporting can be confusing—but that’s why we’re here to help. Our fundamental goal is to simplify our customers’ logistical chain by solving any and all problems that might arise—we’re not just the solution to one problem, rather, the solution to all of your logistical problems.
Find yourself asking more questions about the rules and regulations that go hand-in-hand with importing, exporting, and more? You’re not alone.
Request a demo to learn how Magaya helps you stay compliant and optimize your customs workflows.