Spotlight on Southeast Asia

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As I sat along the streets of Hanoi one winter morning in January, observing the patrons at surrounding tables over a bowl of phở, I couldn’t help but notice a familiar sight. From the fragrant yellow teas in Vietnam to the thick sweet milk varieties of Bangkok and Jakarta, same same – to borrow a popular Thai catchphrase, communal tea drinking seems to be the common thread binding 600 million inhabitants who call Southeast Asia (“SEA”) home.

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Topics: Asia

5 Lessons in the First Year of Reconciliation in ACE

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It has been almost one year since the industry filed its first reconciliation entry in ACE. While there have been many hurdles and many successes, we thought that we would share our top 5 lessons of what we have learned so far.

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Topics: Reconciliation, ACE

Being on Top of Asia Regulatory Changes and Updates

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Staying abreast of the customs and trade regulatory changes in Asia can be a challenge from many aspects:

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Topics: Asia

The Carrot and the Stick - Australian Goods Compliance Update


The final compliance update from the Australian Border Force (ABF) for any year is always an interesting one. Not only does it snapshot the operational statistics of what is, for many, the busiest few months of the year, but it also can potentially give us some insight into the tactical approach of ABF compliance activities for the coming year.

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Human Trafficking & Anti-Slavery Regulations: Do they affect your business?


In order to combat slavery and human trafficking throughout the world, many governments have implemented regulations that require companies to disclose their efforts in ending this worldwide epidemic.
An estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern slavery around the globe. This includes 24.9 million in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage. Based on these figures, this means that 5.4 people out of every 1,000 are victims of slavery. One in four of these victims of slavery are children.1

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