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How to Use the Fillable Commercial Invoice for Exports

David Noah | December 16, 2020 | Export Forms

For exporters shipping their products internationally, a commercial invoice is one of the most important documents completed in the export journey. This legal document is required to accompany your exports for customs clearance, duties and taxes purposes.

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The Pros and Cons of Creating Your Own Export Shipping Forms

Hubspot System | November 30, 2020 | Export Forms

How much time are you willing to waste today?

If you think that's a ridiculous question—but you're still searching for or creating your own export form templates—this article is for you. You may be underestimating the time and effort it costs to create your own export documents.

Here is a list of pros and cons to help you decide if the do-it-yourself route is profitable, or if you'd save time, money and hassle with an off-the-shelf software product.

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U.S. Origin Invoice Declaration for Exports to Israel

David Noah | November 2, 2020 | Export Forms

For years, exports from the United States to Israel would include the green U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel form if the goods qualified under the rules of origin of the free trade agreement (FTA). As of April 2018, not only is that form no longer required—it is no longer allowed.

Instead, U.S. exporters or producers of qualifying goods must sign the new U.S. Origin Invoice Declaration. This declaration must appear on a commercial document—typically the commercial invoice.

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3 Keys for Correctly Preparing Your Export Proforma Invoice

David Noah | October 14, 2020 | Export Forms

The proforma invoices you use for your exports are quotations prepared to resemble commercial invoices. They lead your negotiation process, and if they are correct, the final commercial invoice you prepare for your buyer will closely resemble the proforma.

As straightforward as these documents appear, it’s important to carefully complete the document, paying special attention to these three things:

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3 Mistakes Exporters Make That Stunt Their Growth

David Noah | September 28, 2020 | Export Compliance, Export Forms

At Shipping Solutions, we talk to dozens of exporters each week who are looking for information and help to grow their exports. These people typically recognize that something in their export process is broken, and they want to find a way to fix it.

But too often these people become frustrated by the pushback they get from their company leadership, their co-workers, or even their freight forwarders or customers when they try to implement changes. It reminds me of a well-known anecdote about collective behavior that illustrates how difficult change can be:

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Getting Started with Shipping Solutions Export Documentation and Compliance Software

Lisa Nemer | September 8, 2020 | Export Forms, Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Shipping Solutions has released an eight-and-a-half minute introductory video for its export software.

Getting Started with Shipping Solutions Export Documentation and Compliance Software shows you how to store your contacts and products in the Shipping Solutions databases, create shipments, print documents, file your electronic export information through AESDirect, comply with export regulations, and much more!

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When to Use a Certificate of Origin Form for Your Export Shipments

David Noah | August 12, 2020 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

The certificate of origin is a document issued by an exporter that confirms and certifies the country of origin of its products.

Alternatively, it might be a separate letter or form that incorporates a statement indicating the country of origin is as stated on the commercial invoice and certifies the document is true and correct; it is then signed by the exporter’s employee.

It is issued by the exporter, stamped by a Chamber of Commerce, and supported by a commercial invoice declaring the same information.

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House Bill of Lading vs. Master Bill of Lading

Arnesh Roy | August 10, 2020 | Export Forms

If you are involved in shipping or logistics, you've probably heard of a master bill of lading and a house bill of lading. But if you're like many of us, you might not understand the difference between the two.

Before we unpack the difference between these two types of bill of lading, it is important to understand what a bill of lading is in general.

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

David Noah | July 22, 2020 | 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.

We spoke with Wendy Baggett, president and CEO of American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, to find out what exporters need to know about that process.

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Using the Right Certificate of Origin for Your Exports

Catherine J. Petersen | July 20, 2020 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

As an exporter, you are required to provide documents to accompany your international shipments. The number and kinds of documents that you must prepare will vary depending on where, what and how you are shipping.

A certificate of origin (COO) may be one of the export forms you need to produce.

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