Integration Point already helps clients on every major continent.

Now we’re exploring trade opportunities in Antarctica.

IP NEWSWIRE, ANTARCTICA, December 20, 2017—This holiday season, as employees travel home to visit family, one of our very own--Ippy the Penguin-- traveled back to Antarctica. When he wasn’t relaxing and fishing, Ippy spent his time scoping out Antarctica for trade opportunities.

As the employee best suited for the job, Ippy flies to Antarctica to scope out global trade opportunities.

What was he looking for?

  • Strategic locations for ports (with loads of good fish)
  • Determine who benefits from a Free Trade Agreement with Antarctica
  • Exploring the lack of a Duty Deferral program.
  • New Integration Point office spaces, an igloo office park

Ippy packed his bags to travel more than 16,000 miles to the icy continent, facing fierce winds and below-zero temperatures. Nevertheless, it was business as usual in his quest for Integration Point.

Ippy is a dedicated Integration Point employee and an expert in Global Trade Visibility—even in whiteout conditions. For more than 15 years, the flightless bird has helped executives and trade compliance departments bring discipline to data collection and analytics with Integration Point solutions. Always the professional, he lets the every changing world of global compliance regulations slide off his back like water off a….um, duck. He’s accustomed to clever customer support calls: “What do you call a cold penguin? A brrrr-d!”

It wasn’t Ippy’s first time through U.S. Customs. He and his frosty friends are always allowed passage using “Harmonized Tariff Schedule 9503.00 and making good use of the “mound” of solutions within Integration Point Global Content. When not analyzing snowflake and Supply Chain designs, he builds his expertise in SCC. Ippy was instrumental in aiding manufacturers around the globe import $9.6 billion stuffed penguins into the U.S. in 2016.

In blizzard conditions, Ippy is mindful of The Antarctica Treaty, knowing that the snowy continent is designated only as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science. And despite a 15-foot drift of sparkling snow, the nosy penguin poked into global trade opportunities discovering a glacier of information.

Emerging from his accommodations, and temporary Integration Point office, the sea mammal visited a few long-lost relatives among the thousands in his familial colony. In a flurry of activity, Ippy also slipped into The 13th Annual Antarctica Ice Marathon Race, winning flippers down with the average speed of a penguin—22 mph!

Dive into Ippy’s scrapbook of photos of his adventure in Antarctica to stake Integration Point’s claim. Click Here to discover his icy travels. 


FYI: Did You Know?                          

In 2013, Antarctica exported $27.6 million in goods. During the last five years, exports have increased at a rate of 64 percent. Refined petroleum represents 66 percent in exports. Planes, helicopters, and the spacecraft industry fulfill the remaining exports. Imports represent the same industries with $23.9 million in 2013.




Part 1: Secure Trade Lanes: First in a Four-Part Series on U.S. CBP Priorities

The road for global trade opportunity, security and compliance during the next four years will consist of four distinct lanes, while United States Custom and Border Protection (CBP) policies will serve as the “guardrails,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Trade, told attendees of the East Coast Trade Symposium this month.  

The four lanes comprising CBP’s trade strategy include:

Secure Trade Lanes--prioritizing CBP effort to protect against high-risk goods moving into and out of the U.S.

Next Generation Facilitation --which looks at opportunities for deregulation and new business models, or what the CBP is calling a move toward an updated 1993 Customs Modernization Act, or “Mod Act 2.0.”

Intelligent Enforcement --which calls on CBP to integrate its resources across the U.S. government and apply them to enforcing trade laws and regulations.

Resource Optimization--which focuses the agency’s attention on getting the best value for the U.S. dollar, and determining what level of resources CBP needs and the willingness of its stakeholders to invest in the agency.

Why wait until 2018 when you can reclassify your impacted Tariff Numbers now? With Integration Point Global Classification, you can get a jumpstart on reclassifying for 2018.

These countries have already provided 2018 tariff updates -

  • US (HTS and Schedule B)
  • European Union TARIC
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Vietnam
  • Azerbaijan
  • Macedonia
  • More coming as countries publish updates

The Integration Point Global Classification solution provides the necessary tools for companies to streamline their entire product classification process. Global Classification manages the manual and time-consuming process of classifying and reclassifying products, allowing companies to access international regulatory data via the web in one secure, centralized location. Having this information readily accessible allows companies not only to classify their products more efficiently but also to share that information with others in their supply chain.