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Why Should You Care About the Origin and Substrates of Imported Products?

As governments tighten export and import regulations to tackle issues like tariff evasion and forced labor, the need for stringent compliance grows. In this environment, Visualogyx emerges as a key tool, offering advanced inspection and verification systems to ensure transparency and integrity in global trade.

Governments around the world are tightening regulatory frameworks for exports and imports, to address ethical, legal, and environmental concerns. These frameworks tackle challenges such as tariff evasion, dumping, forced labor, product origin, and the trade in critical minerals. They aim not only to enforce compliance through legal and financial penalties for economic malfeasance but also to protect human rights, promote ethical business practices, ensure product integrity, and foster fair trade.

In the United States, importers are required to conduct due diligence of their supply chains and certify the origins of their goods and extra care is required when sourcing minerals and products from regions at high risk of labor abuses or from regions with a history of circumvention of the rules. Importers and end-users cannot rely on an honor system, trusting that vendors and subcontractors will adhere to their responsibilities. The risk of liability is too great.

Trade circumvention by companies or individuals includes the act of taking steps to evade tariffs, quotas, dumping duties, or other legal restrictions by misrepresenting the nature or origin of their products. This often involves altering labels, documents, shipping patterns or product descriptions to hide facts and mislead customs and regulatory authorities. Product forgery or counterfeiting occurs when products of questionable provenance deceive regulatory bodies, intermediaries, or end-users, based on misrepresented labor, inputs, and substrate content. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has broad authority to investigate and impose severe regulatory penalties when such actions affect U.S. imports.  Such investigations are frequently undertaken unbeknownst to the importer until after a formal investigation is announced. Hence, a verification system is essential to discover problems and avoid doing business with bad actors.

To help combat these challenges, Visualogyx has developed a cutting-edge inspection and verification solution designed to empower transparency, inspire integrity, and outsmart fraud. Visualogyx serves as an additional robust tool in the battle against bad actors in trade offering businesses and regulators a proactive approach to uphold standards across global supply chains.

Visualogyx leverages advanced technology to provide real-time insights and analytics and seeks to make all aspects of a product’s journey—from origin to delivery—transparent and verifiable.

By integrating Visualogyx into their operations, companies can enhance their ability to track the provenance of goods and to verify the conditions under which they are produced. This not only helps in complying with stringent regulatory requirements but also boosts consumer confidence, as end-users are assured of the legitimacy and ethical standards of the products they purchase.

Furthermore, Visualogyx fosters a culture of integrity within organizations, encouraging all stakeholders to adhere strictly to ethical practices. With its detection capabilities, Visualogyx can serve as a deterrent to potential fraud, making it an invaluable asset for businesses aiming to maintain a clean, responsible, and compliant supply chain.

Visualogyx is not just a tool but a strategic partner that empowers organizations to maintain transparency, ensure product integrity, and effectively outsmart potential fraud schemes, thereby protecting both their operational standards and their reputations.

The information provided in this document is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. The content herein is a general overview that does not consider individual circumstances and may not reflect the most current legal developments. Readers are encouraged to consult with a trade attorney and a customs broker to understand the specific legal requirements applicable to them or their organization. When configured and utilized correctly, Visualogyx serves as a tool designed to enhance transparency and reduce the potential for fraud within the supply chain. However, it is not a substitute for legal compliance or due diligence. Reliance on Visualogyx does not guarantee compliance with trade regulations or prevent all or any potential fraud. Always seek professional legal and other advice to ensure a compliant trade program.
Visualogyx is a registered trademark of Visualogyx, Inc.

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About The Author
Jorge Woldenberg is co-founder and Chairman of Visualogyx, Inc., and has over 35 years of operational experience in international trade. He serves in the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center and as Chair of the Woldenberg initiative of Building Trust in Supply Chains. His expertise has led him to present as a panelist for leadership and strategy conferences for financial institutions as well as for think tanks.
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Visualogyx is an advanced inspection management platform that is specifically designed to optimize and simplify a wide range of essential business processes. With its powerful suite of tools and features, Visualogyx enables organizations to efficiently manage verifications, work orders, quality assurance, safety processes, asset inspections, and much more. By utilizing Visualogyx, companies can achieve greater efficiency, accuracy, and productivity in their operations, all while reducing costs and improving overall performance.

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