The Diligence Report – Winter 2023

Young Company Newsletter

Dear valued clients and partners,

Season’s Greetings from ITC Diligence International Inc.!

As we approach the end of another year, I am thrilled to present to you our 4th Quarter Newsletter, offering a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of global trade and logistics.

2023 has been a dynamic and transformative year for our industry. Emphasizing resilience and adaptability, the global trade sector has shown remarkable agility in navigating challenges. This year's predicted contraction in global trade has unveiled new opportunities for growth and innovation. Notably, the ocean freight sector is poised for a significant evolution, with a forecasted change in average global FEU rates in 2024. This underscores the agility and responsiveness of our industry, ready to adapt and thrive amidst shifting market dynamics.

In these pages, you will find insights and updates that reflect both the challenges and opportunities of the current global trade climate. From the latest technology trends revolutionizing logistics, such as automation and AI, to policy updates that shape our operational landscape, we strive to keep you informed and ahead of the curve.

As we navigate these changes, our commitment to providing exceptional supply chain solutions and FTZ services remains unwavering. We continue to adapt, innovate, and lead, ensuring that your trust in us is always well-placed.

Thank you for being a part of our journey this year. We look forward to continuing our partnership in 2024, embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Wishing you a prosperous end to the year and a fantastic start to the new one.

Warm regards,

David Harlow

President & CEO,

ITC Diligence International Inc.

Supply Chain Solutions: Adapting to the New Normal

Navigating Post-Pandemic Challenges

The landscape of global supply chains continues to evolve rapidly with the pandemic in the rear view mirror. Companies are now prioritizing agility and resilience to navigate ongoing disruptions. This shift often involves diversifying supply sources, increasing inventory levels for critical components, and investing in digital technologies for better supply chain visibility and risk management.

Incorporating Sustainability

Sustainability has become a key focus, with businesses striving to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace eco-friendly practices. This includes optimizing transportation routes to minimize emissions, leveraging renewable energy sources in logistics operations, and adopting sustainable packaging solutions.

Leveraging Technology for Efficiency

Technology plays a pivotal role in modern supply chains. The integration of AI and ML is enabling more efficient logistics operations, enhancing demand forecasting, and optimizing inventory management​​. Automation in warehouses is streamlining processes and improving throughput​​. Additionally, IoT is being increasingly used for asset tracking and management, ensuring real-time visibility and control over supply chain operations​​.



FTZ Services: Updates and Opportunities

Current State of FTZs

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) continue to be a vital tool for businesses looking to enhance their competitive edge in international trade. Despite the global trade contraction, FTZs offer unique opportunities for duty deferral, duty reduction, and duty elimination. Recent updates to regulations, including changes related to the U.S. Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, have emphasized the importance of compliance and due diligence for companies operating within FTZs​​. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released a detailed report outlining the significant impact of FTZs on employment and the cost-competitiveness of products from firms operating in U.S. FTZs.

Let’s explore the report further.

In their findings, the USITC highlighted an overview of economic activities within FTZs across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, covering aspects like:

  • FTZ’s impacts on employment
  • Leading Sectors of FTZ adoption
  • Various Shipment Statistics
  • Various Export Statistics
  • Foreign Direct Investment in FTZ’s

This overview demonstrates the pivotal role of FTZs in boosting economic activity and facilitating international trade​​.

Additionally, one key aspect of the report is the analysis of the cost-competitiveness effects of current FTZ policies and practices. The report bolsters the message of how these policies influence relative production costs and U.S. employment, further underscoring the strategic importance of FTZs in enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. firms​​.

Overall, the USITC's findings reveal that U.S. FTZs significantly improve the cost-competitiveness of U.S. firms. This is primarily achieved through duty reduction on shipments entering the U.S. and duty exemption on direct export shipments from the FTZs. In 2021, businesses operating in U.S. FTZs experienced duty cost savings of $1.2 billion by utilizing these features, bringing to light the financial advantages of participating in the FTZ program​​.

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Emerging Trends in Digital Trade

In a remarkable shift within international trade, digitally delivered services have surged, now representing the fastest-growing segment. The value of these services has almost quadrupled since 2005, outpacing the growth of traditional goods exports. This growth is creating new opportunities across the board, from small businesses to global players​​.

Digital Trade: A Double-Edged Sword

While digital trade offers immense potential, especially for Last Developed Countries (LDCs) and small enterprises, it also presents challenges. The need to bridge the digital divide and enhance the readiness of developing economies to capitalize on digital trade opportunities is crucial​​.

Key Regulatory Updates Impacting Global Trade

Recent developments have significantly impacted international trade. The establishment of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council highlights ongoing collaborations in trade and technology. Additionally, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, targeting human rights abuses in China's XUAR, has introduced stringent import regulations, profoundly affecting global supply chains​​. Moreover, the modernization of customs broker regulations and proposed limitations on Section 321 reflect the evolving landscape of US trade policies​​.


Technological Innovations Reshaping Logistics

The logistics sector is witnessing a transformation through technology. Automation is becoming increasingly prevalent in warehouses and distribution centers. Blockchain technology is being leveraged for its transparency and efficiency, particularly in order tracking and procurement processes. Furthermore, the integration of AI and ML in logistics is enhancing supply chain decision-making, while IoT and TMS systems are revolutionizing asset management and route optimization​​.

Stay Informed with ITC Diligence International Inc.

At ITC, we understand the importance of staying ahead in this dynamic environment. Our commitment is to keep you informed and prepared for these changes, ensuring that your business not only adapts but thrives.

Fun Facts

Origins of Barcodes: Initially, barcodes were used for labeling cars on the railroads. Their success in this application led to their adoption in supermarkets in 1974, and since then, they have become ubiquitous across retail, logistics, and many other industries​​.

U.S. Investment in Transportation Logistics: The United States spends over $1.5 trillion on transportation logistics. This investment is critical for companies across various industries to achieve their business goals​​.

Job Creation in Logistics: The logistics industry is a major job creator in the United States, generating at least 300,000 new jobs annually. It's recognized as one of the most thriving and beneficial industries to work in​​.

Freight Transported by Truck: In the U.S., about 70% of freight is transported by truck. Annually, trucks move over $650 billion worth of manufactured goods across the country​​.

The Largest Logistics Ship: The largest ship used for logistics can carry and transport the Eiffel Tower with no problem. This fact underscores the immense capability of modern logistics and transportation infrastructure​​.

Client Spotlight: Spector & Co.

Innovative Leader in Promotional Products

Spector & Co. stands out in the promotional products industry for its innovative and high-quality offerings. With a commitment to creativity and customer service, Spector & Co. has established itself as a trusted partner for businesses seeking to enhance their brand presence through custom promotional items.

Collaboration with ITC Diligence International, Inc.

Proudly collaborating with Spector & Co., ITC Diligence International, Inc. has played a crucial role in streamlining their international supply chain. Our expertise in customs brokerage and logistics solutions has enabled Spector & Co. to navigate the complexities of global trade with ease. This partnership ensures that Spector & Co.’s diverse range of products are efficiently and compliantly transported across borders, aligning with their commitment to timely delivery and customer satisfaction.

A Partnership for Growth and Excellence

This successful collaboration exemplifies the power of combining Spector & Co.'s industry leadership with ITC Diligence International, Inc.'s trade expertise. Together, we continue to drive forward, setting new benchmarks in the promotional products industry and international trade.


Happy Holidays from ITC Diligence International Inc.

Celebrating the Season of Joy and Togetherness

As the holiday season comes and goes, we at ITC Diligence International Inc. wish to extend our warmest greetings and heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. This year has been a journey filled with challenges and triumphs, and your unwavering support and partnership have been the keystones of our shared success in the dynamic world of global trade and logistics.

Together, we've navigated the complexities of international trade, adapting and growing in an ever-changing landscape. Your collaboration, insights, and trust have been invaluable, enriching our journey and paving the way for continued innovation and growth.

Embracing the Future with Optimism

Looking forward to the new year, we are filled with hope and excitement for what lies ahead. Our commitment to you remains stronger than ever in anticipation of another year filled with partnership, progress, and shared success.

So, as we bid farewell to this year and welcome the new one, let's take a moment to celebrate our achievements and look forward to the opportunities that await us. From the entire team at ITC Diligence International Inc., we hope you had a joyous holiday season and we wish you a prosperous, vibrant new year!

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