Daily Archives: February 21, 2024

Need to Trade More Confidently? Maybe You Need Trademo to Monitor Your Supply Chain!

As you should be well aware by now (as we recently gave you a 10-part series on supply chain risk), supply chains are fraught with risks — that you need to manage, and that, in many cases you can only manage with visibility. In particular, multi-tier visibility down to the source raw material. You also need insight into key areas of regulatory compliance around H(T)S codes for trade (and ECCN for defense trade), sanctions and denied parties, and (known) forced/slave labour violations by any supplier in your multi-tier supply chain.

One application that can give you multi-tier visibility, detailed insight into key areas of compliance, supplier discovery, and even trade intelligence is Trademo. Centered around a global supply chain knowledge graph on over 5M buyer and supplier entities with over 100M relationships built upon public trade (import/export) data from over 140 countries, Trademo can provide unique multi-tier visibility and insight into your supply chain, and the supply chains of your competitors which can help you find potential suppliers who could also serve you and even identify other supplier locations that could be more relevant for you.

There are three main parts of the Trademo platform.

  1. Global Supply Chain Intelligence
  2. Supply Chain Visibility & Resilience
  3. Global Trade Compliance

We’ll discuss these in reverse order, as that is the typical order in which organizations generally seek out, implement, and use these solutions.

Trademo‘s Global Trade Compliance module supports an organization with

  • HS Tariff Search, Validation and Classification across 140+ countries
  • ECCN Search
  • Sanctions Screening across over 640 global sanctions list
  • (Import/Export) Controls (and Embargo) Search
  • Product Master
  • Landed Cost Calculator

HS (Code) Search is by country, trade direction (import or export), and partial code or product keyword. (HS codes could be classified either by referring to the built-in tariff tree structure or using the AI model to classify the HS Codes.) it brings up all the matching codes based on the product key word (or partial HS code), as well as the computed match relevance. You can then select the code of interest and see the associated tariffs and duties, controls, and any associated rulings.

ECCN search is similar to HS (Code) Search and is by country and ecn/ml number or keyword and brings up the relevant subcategories that you can dive into and get relevant details.

Sanctions screening can be ad-hoc, bulk, or advance. Adhoc allows a sourcing / supply chain professional to enter a person, company, or vessel name and screen against any set of sanction lists of interest (one, some, or all). Bulk allows the same, but against a list of uploaded persons, companies, and/or vessels. Advance screening is similar to adhoc, but allows the user to limit to countries, specific locations, and even set thresholds for partial match retrievals. The user can also setup blacklists, so that any attempt to associate a product in the master with a supplier that is blacklisted fails, any search on it returns its status, and any export includes the blacklist status. The user can also setup watchlists (for daily monitoring) and any time a new sanction, control, etc. is detected for the person, company, or vessel, an alert is created in the tool and sent to the user through e-mail.

Sanctions screening are against rules that define collections of sanction lists that are relevant to the user and the types of screenings they usually do. For example, if the organization only sources from and/or two 20 countries, they may not care about any sanctions or embargoes against the remaining countries for which sanctions and embargoes are encoded in the system. In the Trademo system, rules are sorted into list groups (global sanctions, PEP, OFAC, health & human service, banking & investments, enforcement, and maritime) and then sub-groups by source (country, entity, etc.). The buyer can select what interests them, a threshold for matching, define a rule name, and then easy peasy search just those lists going forward.

When a sanction is found, extremely detailed information is returned and generally includes the entity name, the list, the country, the authority, all known entity (operating) aliases, effective date, expiry date (if a limited embargo, for example), company address / vessel birth and identifiers / personage citizenship or address, etc. A user can also bring up the full citation and download everything in PDF if they desire.

Controls bring up, for an import country or ISO Code and/or export country and ISO Code and/or country of origin and ISO Code and/or a HS Code, all related controls and embargoes along with their type (such as import permit or export permit), the controlling authority, and the scope of the control. As with a sanction or HS code, the user can click into a control of interest and see the complete details and download the source (as a PDF) if they so desire.

The Product Master allows the organization to manage their product database down to a SKU level, along with all countries of import, export, and associated HS codes. This makes it easy for the platform to automatically monitor for relevant changes to HS/ECCN codes, duty rates, controls, embargoes, etc. and notify the user when these changes occur.

The Landed Cost Calculator is very useful for sourcing professionals as it allows them, for a lot, to enter some basic information and source unit and carrier costs and get a complete total landed cost based upon the HS / ECCN code and all import and export tariffs.

The user needs to simply enter:

  1. Country (of import, export, and origin), duties of interest (default, preferential, or both), and HS CODE
  2. Mode of transport, incoterm, currency, value (and, optionally, unit of measurement & total quantity)
  3. Freight, insurance, and any other known (sur)charges

The platform will then calculate the total landed cost that will include all the duties and tariffs on the lot, the known merchandise processing fees, the known vessel fees, the known port fees, and other known fees and give the user a total landed cost (where the user can see a 200K buy become a 250K or 300K or more buy and truly understand the cost of global sourcing). the user can also compare the landed cost across different sourcing markets.

Moving on to Trademo‘s Supply Chain Visibility & Resilience solution, it is essentially a supply chain mapping solution that allows an organization to see all of their 1 to n suppliers (3 by default, but more if they want) and filter into suppliers by tier, country, HS code, and associated trade lanes. They can create product groups by brand or region and just see the associated supply chains for those brands and regions as well. The default view shows them the supplier name, domicile country, HS codes supplied downstream, trade lanes used, tier 1 connection, and total shipment value. From this complete list, the user can select a subset of suppliers by country, HS code, and/or trade lane and see a graphical representation of their supply chain, augmented with trade value. It’s simple, but quickly informative and very useful to discovering just who is in your supply chain, as well as who is in a certain region / on a certain trade lane that was just impacted by a natural disaster or border shutdown and you need to react.

Finally, there is the foundational Global Supply Chain Intelligence intelligence offering (Trademo Intel) that is based on their core supply chain knowledge graph and all of the public trade data it incorporates. The entry point to Trademo Intel is the shipment search screen which allows the user to search across all bills of lading in all categories and retrieve all associated shipments, which can then be filtered by shipper details, consignee details, ports, cargo, and freight details, and see a summary, for the selected timeframe, of total shipments, total weight, and total value. They can then drill into (top) importers, exporters, and more detailed analytics. If the amount of data is overwhelming, they can limit to specific product categories, HS codes, shippers, or consignees before starting the search.

It’s a great tool for exploring your competitors’ supply chains, which, when limited to certain product (categories), allows you to discover potential suppliers you might not have known about otherwise. Furthermore, you can see the volumes they are capable of supplying globally and the trade lanes they are already navigating. While most risk solutions will give you credit, cyber, compliance, and/or sustainability risk, they don’t give you deep insights into products supplied, locations supplied from, lanes the supplier is using (which indicates which global regulations they comply with), and so on. When you click into an entity, you can see all of their trading partners, total shipments to/from each, HS Codes supplied, and associated shipments. They can then drill into any and all shipments of interest and see complete details. The analytics are super helpful in identifying the top HS codes, HS sections, modes of transport, and routes used by the entity.

It also allows an organization to keep tabs on global trade from a certain region and whether it is increasing or decreasing, which could signal tidal shifts that could affect future cargo availability, rates, and risks if there is over saturation or under saturation of a trade region predicted.

If you need global trade support around HS codes, sanctions or embargoes; supply chain visibility; and supplier discovery (and deep trade insight in this discovery), Trademo is a solution that should definitely be in your RFP short list. It’s easy to use, powerful, and already validated by a number of Global 3000 companies. Check it out and TRADE MOre confindently!