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The Bill of Lading Always Proves Shipment Ownership

Roy Becker | June 3, 2019 | Export Forms

How do you prove you own your car? You prove ownership with an official looking document called the title.

How do you prove you own a shipment of goods? Well, it’s a title of sorts, but it’s called a bill of lading.

The bill of lading (BoL or B/L) always signifies or declares the shipment’s ultimate owner (consignee).

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What You Need to Know about the Canada Customs Invoice

David Noah | May 27, 2019 | Export Forms

For many exporters, Canada is the first country they decide to export to, and it’s easy to see why trade with our neighbors to the north is a smart business decision. According to these facts from the U.S. Trade Representative:

  • Canada was the United States' largest goods export market in 2018.
  • U.S. exports of goods to Canada were $298.7 billion in 2018. That same year, U.S. exports of services were $61.8 billion.
  • According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods and services to Canada supported an estimated 1.6 million jobs in 2015 (the latest data available).

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The Beginner's Guide to the Shipper's Letter of Instruction

David Noah | May 15, 2019 | Export Forms

The golden glow of an early autumn sunset shone through my kitchen window. The smell of pumpkin bread wafted through the kitchen, and I quickly removed it from the oven as the timer buzzed.

Eagerly, I took a knife, cut a thick slice of the bread, covered it with a pat of butter, and took a big bite.

And then, I spit it out.

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8 Common Costly Mistakes Shippers Make on the Ocean Bill of Lading

David Noah | May 6, 2019 | Export Forms

When shipping goods overseas, you’ll need to correctly complete an ocean bill of lading. It’s just a standard bill of lading… how hard can it be?

Not so fast! Though the bill of lading forms are a template, they still require attention to detail in order to avoid mistakes that can cost you.

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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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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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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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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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