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The Export Shipping Documentation Process: An Overview

David Noah | January 17, 2018 | Export Basics, Export Forms

In a previous article, I explained the purpose of several common export documents and the information they typically include. This article expands on that discussion and explains how to use them in the export shipping documentation process.

Here’s how they work together:

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Training Employees Ensures Compliance with Hazmat Shipping Regulations

Robert Smith | January 15, 2018 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat

Hazmat compliance is not to be taken lightly. Compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) hazmat regulations really starts with the hazmat employer taking responsibility as an offer or of the articles or substances that are deemed classified as hazardous materials.

These materials must be offered for transport with a statement included in the shipping papers that certifies that a hazardous material shipment is in full compliance. Most bills of lading have wording similar to this incorporated in the fine print somewhere near the bottom of the page:

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8 Documents Required for International Shipping

David Noah | January 10, 2018 | Export Basics, Export Forms

You’ve heard people talk about how to do the sexy part of exporting—the research, the schmoozing, the travel, and all the marketing and sales stuff that people think about when they think about the glamour of international trade.

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Invoice Requirements for Exports

Arnesh Roy | January 3, 2018 | Export Forms

Most of us have a pretty good idea what an invoice is. If you buy something on terms from a business, they will most certainly send you an invoice that indicates how much you owe, when payment is due, and how to remit that payment.

Certain data may be required on an invoice for exports that may be unnecessary on a domestic invoice, because an invoice for exports serves not only as a bill of sale, but also as an important customs document needed to meet the requirements of the customs authority of the country of import.

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8 Things Every Importer and Exporter Should Do for the New Year

Catherine J. Petersen | January 1, 2018 | Import Basics, Export Basics

Exporters and importers should do some light housekeeping to make sure they remain in compliance with U.S. export and import regulations.

By following a few simple steps at the beginning of every new year, you will ensure that your company meets the best industry practices while putting you on track to full export and import compliance.

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No Bull: Export Compliance Means Watching for Red Flags

David Noah | December 20, 2017 | Export Compliance

If your idea of a red flag revolves around a conquistador and a bull, I hate to tell you this—the myth that bulls charge at red flags has been debunked. (In the popular series Mythbusters, it was proven that the bull is actually lured by the waving of the flag more than the color.)

So, if bullfighters don’t need to worry about red flags, who does?

You do.

Exporters, you must know what a red flag is, why it’s important, and what U.S. export regulations say your responsibilities are regarding red flags. This will help:

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Top 10 International Trade Blog Posts of 2017

Lisa Nemer | December 19, 2017 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

It's hard to believe, but 2017 is coming to a close. In keeping with year-end traditions, I have compiled lists of our most popular blog posts of 2017.

The first list shows the most viewed posts on our entire International Trade Blog. The second list shows the most viewed posts written specifically for our Shipping Solutions customers.

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International Trade Risk: Assessing Banks and Bank Risk

Roberto Bergami | December 18, 2017 | Export Finance, Letters of Credit
This is the seventh part in my series of articles on assessing risk in international trade.

In the last two article of this series, I concentrated on the issue of country competitiveness and fairness of trade. In this article I will discuss the role banks play in international trade and the potential risks you should be aware of.

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Exporting to Mexico: What You Need to Know

David Noah | December 13, 2017 | Export Basics

The relationship between Mexico and the United States has been highly publicized as of late—often negatively. However tense our trade relationship may seem, U.S. exporters should still consider Mexico an exciting growth opportunity.

This article looks at the history of U.S. trade with Mexico; the process of exporting to Mexico, including documentation and compliance requirements; and the benefits and considerations for U.S. companies looking to break into the Mexican market.

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Delivered Duty Paid: An Incoterm Exporters Should Use Carefully

Catherine J. Petersen | December 11, 2017 | Incoterms

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has developed several publications providing sellers and buyers with guidance on the use of Incoterms 2010. My favorite is Incoterms rules, Publication No. 715e.

According to the ICC, Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) means:

[T]he seller delivers the goods when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer, cleared for import on the arriving means of transport, ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all the costs and risks involved in bringing the goods to the place of destination and has an obligation to clear the goods not only for export but also for import, to pay any duty for both export and import and to carry out all customs formalities.

The ICC was succinct in its description of obligations for the seller in this paragraph. However, there’s more detail to consider for the seller and for the buyer when establishing a contract that references DDP.

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