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David Noah

David Noah is the founder and president of Shipping Solutions, a software company that develops and sells export documentation and compliance software targeted specifically at small and mid-sized U.S. companies that export. David is a frequent speaker on export regulations and compliance issues and has published several articles on the topic.

David is also the publisher of the International Business Training website www.i-b-t.net, an online educational resource for importers and exporters. IBT has twice been named one of the 100 Essential Sites for Entrepreneurs by Twin Cities Business Monthly Magazine.

Articles Written By David Noah

HS Codes 2022: What Every Exporter Needs to Know

David Noah | January 5, 2022 | Import Basics, Export Basics

As new products come on the market and existing products change, the harmonized system numbers used to classify them need to be updated. To make these changes, the World Customs Organization (WCO) undertakes a formal process.

On Jan. 1, 2022, a new version of HS numbers, called HS 2022, went into effect. In this article, we’ll discuss the changes to HS classification and how exporters can stay up-to-date when classifying products.

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10 Terms You Need to Know to Get Paid for Your Exports

David Noah | December 22, 2021 | Export Finance, Export Basics

What’s the most rewarding, and sometimes frustrating, aspect of being an exporter for you? For many, it’s simply getting paid on time, in the correct amount.

The rewarding part is self-explanatory. Obviously, we need to be able to earn a living! But the frustrating part is worth considering.

Take a look at these 10 terms and see if they can help you better understand the payment process (so you can make a profit sooner!).

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What Are the Top U.S. Exports?

David Noah | December 20, 2021 | Export Markets

As the world’s largest trading nation, with more than $5.6 trillion in exports and imports of goods and services in 2019, the United States is a cornerstone of the global economy. Currently, the U.S. has trade relations with more than 200 countries, territories and regional associations around the globe.

In this article, we’ll share the top U.S. exports based on recent numbers and explain how exporters can pursue exporting to these markets.

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Incoterms 2020 CPT: Spotlight on Carriage Paid To

David Noah | December 15, 2021 | Export Basics, Incoterms

Incoterms 2020 rules are the latest revision of international terms of trade published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They are recognized as the authoritative text for determining how costs and risks are allocated to parties conducting international transactions.

Incoterms 2020 rules outline whether the seller or the buyer is responsible for, and must assume the cost of, specific standard tasks that are part of the international transport of goods. In addition, they identify when the risk or liability of the goods transfer from the seller to the buyer.

In this article, we’re discussing the Incoterm CPT, also known as Carriage Paid To.

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The Export Shipping Documentation Process

David Noah | December 8, 2021 | 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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Advantages and Disadvantages of Exporting

David Noah | November 29, 2021 | Export Basics

Deciding to jump into the world of international trade isn’t an easy decision—or one you should enter into lightly. And being an exporter isn’t for everyone! However, in my opinion, deciding to export is the single most important thing you can do to grow your company and increase your sales. After all, more than 95% of the world’s population live outside of the U.S.!

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Surprise! You May Be an Exporter without Even Knowing It

David Noah | November 22, 2021 | Export Compliance

Since you are reading this article, 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 goods?

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

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Incoterms 2020 CIF: Spotlight on Cost, Insurance and Freight

David Noah | November 15, 2021 | Export Basics, Incoterms

Incoterms 2020 rules are the latest revision of international terms of trade published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They are recognized as the authoritative text for determining how costs and risks are allocated to parties conducting international transactions.

Incoterms 2020 rules outline whether the seller or the buyer is responsible for, and must assume the cost of, specific standard tasks that are part of the international transport of goods. In addition, they identify when the risk or liability of the goods transfer from the seller to the buyer.

In this article, we’re discussing the Incoterm CIF, also known as Cost, Insurance and Freight.

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What Is Country of Origin Labeling? An Overview

David Noah | November 3, 2021 | Import Basics, Export Basics

Country of origin is known as one of the last areas of definition under international trade, and it’s one that has no formal definition. (Even the World Trade Organization’s developed protocol has been interpreted differently.)

One subset of this incompletely defined area is marking and labeling. Despite the fact that 130 years have passed since the McKinley Tariff Act (also known as the Porcelain Marking Act), the way we label goods still isn’t standardized. In fact, we continue to legislate country of origin labeling today!

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CAFTA-DR: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

David Noah | October 18, 2021 | Free Trade Agreements

CAFTA-DR is a free trade agreement among the countries of Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States that went into force in 2006. It was designed to promote trade between these countries by eliminating tariffs over the course of 15 years. In other words, the main goal of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement is to stimulate trade among these nations by making it more cost effective than ever.

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