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February 1, 2016

Need to Improve FDA Import Data

Most foreign shippers are aware that specific documentation requirements such as commercial invoice and the use of appropriate Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes are required for a commercial shipment to enter the United States from abroad. When an import shipment is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), additional data elements can make the

December 28, 2015

An In-depth Look at PREDICT for FDA Import Clearance

Have you ever heard of PREDICT for FDA import clearance? When a shipment regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arrives at the US border, there are two options: It can either be released immediately by the federal agency without further examination, or it can experience a delay at the American port of entry.

November 10, 2015

Crossing U.S. Borders: Facilitating the Clearance of Critical Healthcare Shipments

Healthcare supply chains are becoming increasingly global and complex. Biopharma products are often manufactured in one part of the world and sold in another, while clinical trials are conducted in remote populations with limited access to medicine. As a result, healthcare shipments have to cross borders and even continents for package contents to reach final

January 7, 2015

Struggling to comply with DSCSA for prescription drugs? FedEx TranSmart® can help!

Many regulations and initiatives worldwide aim at further securing and controlling the complex supply chain of healthcare shipments. The US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), also known as Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), was signed into law on November 27th, 2013. It represents a staggered approach towards serialization, and electronic track-and-trace for human prescription drugs in finished dosage form.

November 25, 2014

Measuring Up When it Comes to Temperature-Controlled Transportation

Performance measurements in the form of metrics or key performance indicators help companies in streamlining operations and improving the bottom line. When logistics metrics are shared externally among stakeholders, for instance between healthcare shippers and transportation providers, this may lead to an improvement in the supply chain and a better customer experience overall. Were your shipments delayed? You can find out why by accessing reports and having regular discussions. Transportation providers have established general metrics to report shipping performance.

August 12, 2014

Mode Shift in Freight Transportation

Have you ever heard of “mode shift” in the shipping context? It refers to the change in the type of transportation used to move your shipments around. Mode shift is a trend that is often on the agenda at transportation conferences as many shippers choose ocean freight forwarding rather than air cargo freight for intercontinental