Variant helps its clients to reduce customs duties and other indirect taxes, improve cross-border supply chain functions and processes, and manage import/export risks on a global scale.
Free Trade Agreements
The adage "there is no such thing as free trade, only freer trade with more rules" holds true, especially today. There are now some 400 different trade arrangements between countries, creating a complex web of preferences for some, and barriers for many. Variant leverages its extensive experience and knowledge of regional and bi-lateral free trade agreements in the Americas, Europe and Asia, diving deep into the details, interfacing with authorities, and developing practical solutions to maximize your global procurement opportunities today, and tomorrow.
Free Trade Zones (FTZs)
From the customs and international trade regulatory perspectives, Foreign Trade Zones (U.S.) and Free Trade Zones provide some of the most flexible and efficient platforms for companies to produce, store and distribute merchandise. Variant can support your FTZ initiatives by performing operational feasibility and cost-benefit analyses, facilitating application and activation processes, and developing solutions to help manage on-going compliance and optimization.
The "right" answer is often times a matter of perspective and position. As such, an appreciation of the nuances inherent in many trade matters is critical to effectively framing – and then conveying – your unique facts and circumstances to government authorities. This is even more true in emerging markets where your on-going quest to remain compliant with local laws and regulations is continually challenged by lack of precise information and limited access to decision makers. With ruling requests, protests, disclosures and other public-sector interface/advocacy efforts focused on getting to the "right" answer, Variant can help you navigate bureaucracy to facilitate positive outcomes for your customs and trade matters.
The benefits of participating in the various cross-border supply chain security initiatives are well documented. Participants in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's C-TPAT program, for instance, experience significantly less compliance and security reviews at the border, helping to maintain the velocity of their supply chains and high levels of customer service. Throughout the validation, application and implementation processes, Variant offers you practical support and guidance to achieve the proper balance between cross-border business and government requirements – in C-TPAT, AEO, FAST, TSA and other global security programs.