By Don Buehler

It’s that time of year again. The time when organizations begin to evaluate how they’ve performed over the past 12 months, and what they’ll do to improve that performance next year. Thankfully, most businesses do a better job of planning their expenses than our elected officials in Washington, D.C.

That said, there’s always room for improvement in any organization. In my experience, there are two types of companies – those who plan ahead, and those who are continually surprised by unexpected costs. This includes adequately planning for your costs to comply with export control regulations. The failure to plan for your company’s efforts to develop, improve and maintain its compliance can cause big problems throughout the year.

We offer a good solution to this problem. One that enables companies to access top-notch expertise while, at the same time, controlling their costs. We call it Managed Services and, like all of our services, it is designed to meet the real needs of the client. Managed Services is an outsourced compliance solution where we become your trade compliance department. It allows you to significantly reduce your personnel and benefits expenses, while also greatly improving your company’s compliance.

Here’s how it works: We meet with you to identify your goals, challenges and needs. Then we propose a solution to address all of this for a mutually-agreeable annual fee, paid in monthly installments throughout the year. Once we begin, Export Solutions becomes your “go-to” team for all of your organization’s import/export compliance needs. We take care of everything for you. And we can even create a custom email inbox and shared-folder site so that all of your employees have one point of contact for all things related to export control. It’s simple, seamless and saves you a lot of money from hourly billing rates.

This approach gives you the support you need, without the additional transactions, Purchase Orders, proposals and unknown costs. Now, you can budget for your export compliance activities throughout the year.

We have a number of clients using Managed Services and they are well pleased with our support. Give us a call at 1-800-290-8705, ext. 0, or send us a contact request today, and let us show you how we can significantly upgrade your compliance efforts at a sustainable cost.

Don Buehler is founder and president of Export Solutions, Inc., a consultancy firm which specializes in helping companies comply with ITAR and EAR.