Mistakes in exporting can be costly. To ensure your company is properly screening all exports, and avoiding the chance for penalties, avoid these top five common mistakes when screening your exports.
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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Screening Exports
Mistakes in exporting can be costly. To ensure your company is properly screening all
exports, and avoiding the chance for penalties, avoid these top five common mistakes
when screening your exports.
1. Believing that screening is not needed ? US Census has made it clear ? all
exports must be screened. Regardless of the products or quantity shipped or who is
on the ship to address, all exports must be screened prior to shipment. Violations for
not screening can result in both criminal and administrative penalties.
2. Performing an incomplete search ? A complete search includes screening not
only the ship to address, or person, but also the product, company and other parties
to a transaction. Many software solutions only provide one type of screening, but
Census is checking to make sure you have screened for all potential threats. This
includes shipping to embargoed countries, or shipping a product that could be used
as a potential weapon against the US to a party that does not have government
3. Using only a few lists for screening ? Only checking one or two lists does not
satisfy the requirement for a comprehensive export screening. Make sure you are
looking for possible denied people/companies, restricted products or embargoed
countries on all government lists, and that you have an audit trail that can be easily
retrieved to show your company has demonstrated ?Reasonable Care? when
4. Focusing on false positives ? False positives happen and the process of verifying
those false positives can be cumbersome. Instead of focusing on the re-occurring
false positives, use a system that provides an easy way to override false positives
without slowing down the screening process or causing data to not be reported
5. Utilizing only one search method ? Searching for denied parties correctly
requires a thorough screening. If you only search for a person or company and ask
for an exact match, you may be missing critical information. Be sure to perform
searches using ?exact match? and ?phonetic match? to receive the best and most
comprehensive screening results possible.
Tips provided by Clay Perry, SVP of Global Markets of Integration Point, Inc. Contact Clay
Perry and Integration Point at Sales@IntegrationPoint.com or 704-576-3678. For more
information on Integration Point, please visit www.IntegrationPoint.com.