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How to Complete a Dangerous Goods Declaration without Blowing Up

9/17/14 12:30 PM | David Noah | Dangerous Goods, Export Forms (Export Documents)

Dangerous goods declarations are important when you’re shipping dangerous goods, but they’re also tedious and complex. When you’re faced with exporting different types of dangerous goods, it’s up to you to responsibly and safely ship your products. Here are a few questions you must consider in order to help you complete a dangerous goods declaration without blowing up.

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10 Reasons Why a Shipping Packing List Is an Important Export Document

9/15/14 8:00 AM | Catherine J. Petersen | Export Basics, Export Forms (Export Documents)

The packing list is often seen as an afterthought, a triviality, and a nuisance. It is the lowly packing list. It doesn't get much respect, and it is begrudgingly issued with the details necessary to make it a useful document to the exporter, the importer, the freight forwarder, and the customs broker.

But the shipping packing list deserves respect!

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How To Export: The Beginner's 4-Step Path To Success

9/10/14 8:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics

Exporting your goods can be a terrific way to grow your business and your revenues. But, before you jump into exporting wholeheartedly, we wanted to give you some tips on how to export by keeping you focused on the right things.

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Consistency Is Key for Getting Paid under an Export Letter of Credit

9/8/14 8:00 AM | Roy Becker | Letters of Credit, Export Basics

Exporters find ways to export a wide variety of interesting goods and receive payment by a letter of credit. While reading the merchandise description, keep a sense of humor.

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Surprise! You May Be an Exporter without Even Knowing It

9/3/14 8:00 AM | David Noah | Export Regulations, Export Compliance, Deemed Exports

What is an exporter, anyway?

Since you’re reading this, chances are you already have a good idea what an exporter does. Most people think an exporter is a person or company who sells to people, companies and/or governments in foreign countries.

But did you know that exporters don’t transfer only physical good? 

You can be an exporter without even knowing it if you are transferring knowledge. That is called a deemed export.

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The High Cost of Ignoring Hazardous Materials Regulations: A $91,000 Can of Paint

9/1/14 2:37 PM | Robert Smith | Dangerous Goods

That paint was expensive!

Understanding the regulations for shipping hazardous materials such as paint can be confusing, but the cost of improperly preparing and classifying your hazardous materials can be incredibly expensive. And yet, once again, we see the fallout from several companies who shipped undeclared hazardous materials improperly packaged by untrained staff.

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Conquering the Trade Barriers Small Businesses Face When Exporting Globally - Part 2

8/27/14 8:00 AM | David Noah | Export Markets, Export Regulations, Export Strategies

In our last article, we identified some of the major trade barriers small-to-medium-sized businesses often face when exporting internationally. But we didn’t want to stop there. As an exporter, you know—and may even have firsthand experience with—the problems. What you may not know is how straightforward it is to begin solving them.

Exporters sometimes ask us what they should do when they face trade barriers, so, with the help of the International Trade Administration, we’ve identified the steps small- to medium-sized businesses can take to be successful in attacking trade barriers in the global marketplace. Here’s what you can do to get beyond the roadblocks.

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Best Practices for Filing through the Automated Export System

8/25/14 7:53 AM | Catherine J. Petersen | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

The U.S. Census Bureau offers free or low-cost instruction to everyone involved in international trade. They provide newsletters, suggestions and recommendations on AES best practices. They have worked diligently to develop regulations that we can read and readily understand.

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The Secret to Completing a Commercial Invoice More Quickly

8/21/14 7:39 AM | David Noah

Completing a commercial invoice can feel a little tedious at times.

Most likely, if you've been trying to complete export documents, you want to know how to speed up the whole process. Let's face it, nobody wants to take more time on paperwork, right?

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Twelve Steps for Success with AES Filing

8/19/14 7:51 AM | Catherine J. Petersen | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

If your company exports, there is a good chance that you need to file the electronic export information (EEI) with the U.S. Census Bureau through the Automated Export System (AES). The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), 15 CFR 30, specifies when data needs to be submitted, what information must be included, and who must do the filing.

The regulations for mandatory AES were issued in 2008 and updated in 2013. The 2013 update included two additional data elements that must be reported in an EEI: the ultimate consignee type and the value designated on the export license that corresponds to the commodity being exported, if relevant.

While exporters should read and act based on the minutiae of the regulations, companies must achieve the most cost effective method of meeting the regulation's requirements. How can you be practical, compliant and protect your company when it comes to AES filing?

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