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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

How To Complete an Electronic Certificate Of Origin

David Noah | April 24, 2019 | Export Forms

Have you heard about electronic certificates of origin (eCO) available for exporters? The online version of the certificate of origin form is cheaper and easier to complete than the traditional paper format—and equally secure.

In case you missed it, here are 3 Reasons Exporters Should Use an Electronic Certificate Of Origin. Here’s information on how to complete your eCO online.

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What Is the Destination Control Statement and Why Should It Be on Your Commercial Invoice?

David Noah | April 17, 2019 | Export Compliance, Export Basics

The Destination Control Statement is a legal statement required by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) stating that the goods you are exporting are destined to the country indicated in all the shipping documents. It is a necessary legal boundary clarifying what happens to shipments, and it essentially states that the buyer isn’t going to take the goods and forward them to another country.

Until recently, the statement required by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the EAR was different than the statement required by the State Department under the ITAR. That changed in November 2016 after both agencies published notices in the Federal Register of a single, harmonized statement that can be used by exporters regardless if their goods fall under the jurisdiction of BIS or State.

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When Do You Need a Certificate of Free Sale for Your Exports?

David Noah | April 10, 2019 | Export Forms

It's funny how you can go for years without knowing what something is and then all of a sudden be inundated with questions about that item.

The first time someone called and asked me about a Certificate of Free Sale, I had no idea what they were talking about. Now it seems that I get at least one query every week about that particular export document.

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The Chamber of Commerce and Export Documents: The Certificate of Origin

David Noah | April 3, 2019 | Export Basics, Export Forms

In my first article in this series, I discussed the role chambers of commerce play in exporting.

In this article, I'm focusing on one of the most useful services a chamber of commerce provides to exporters: export documents. Specifically, their role in helping you create a certificate of origin.

Here’s what you need to know about that process.

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USML vs. ECCN: What's the Difference?

David Noah | April 1, 2019 | Export Compliance

Wishing something were true doesn’t make it true.

This simple fact that some exporters ignore the truth came into focus for me at one of the two-day Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) export control seminars held across the country. I heard a licensing officer tell an interesting story about “wishing it were so,” and I want to share a paraphrased version of what he said:

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10 Steps for Correctly Completing a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction

David Noah | March 27, 2019 | Export Forms

Because it has some unique aspects, the shipper’s letter of instruction (SLI) is one exporting form some exporters can be reluctant to use—but they shouldn’t be!

In this post we’ll cover the importance of correctly completing an SLI and outline the 10 steps required to do so.

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How to Apply for an Export License

David Noah | March 20, 2019 | Export Compliance, Export Basics

Are you afraid to export goods that require a license? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked with exporters who are hesitant to export goods because they know the process would require an export license, and they don’t know how to begin to apply for one.

The good news for them (and for all exporters) is that the process of applying for an export license is not so bad at all. In this article, we’ll focus on the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Simplified Network Application Process Redesign (SNAP-R) process for applying for an export license.

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3 Reasons Exporters Should Use an Electronic Certificate Of Origin

David Noah | March 13, 2019 | Export Basics, Export Forms

“When I was an exporter, we had to fill out our certificates of origin—by hand—and walk two miles, uphill, in the snow, to get them certified!”

I know, I know, that’s probably not quite the story you heard about how easy you have it today. But as a modern exporter, life is easier! You no longer have to settle for the “old way of doing things,” and that includes how you create and get your certificates of origin stamped by a chamber of commerce.

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6 Things That Can Go Wrong When Creating Export Documents

David Noah | March 6, 2019 | Export Forms

“What could possibly go wrong?”

I cringe every time I hear someone make that statement. It seems like a guarantee for trouble, especially when it comes to exporting.

The truth is, a lot can go wrong if you’re not expecting it and taking steps to prevent it. Funny enough, by anticipating the mishaps that might occur, you’re actually setting yourself up for greater chances at success. As the old saying goes, “When you know better, you can do better.”

With that in mind, we’ve come up with six things that can go wrong when creating exporting documents. Take a look, learn from these mistakes, and then don’t let them happen to you.

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How and Why to Register for AESDirect

David Noah | February 27, 2019 | Automated Export System (AES)

Most exports from the United States must have the electronic export information (EEI) filed through the Automated Export System (AES). Depending on the terms of the export, the exporter, a freight forwarder, or some other agent may do the actual filing.

Even if your company isn’t submitting the EEI filing, it’s still important for all exporters to create an account on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) where this filing is done. In this article, we’ll identify how to register for AESDirect on ACE and why it’s a must-do for U.S. exporters.

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