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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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A Primer on the Export Proforma Invoice

David Noah | February 20, 2019 | Export Basics, Export Forms

Before your goods are transferred, flown, shipped or driven out of the country, a proforma invoice will set the stage, serving as a negotiating tool between you and your international customer and a blueprint for the entire process.

As one of the first documents prepared in an export transaction, a proforma invoice acts like a quote and looks like a commercial invoice. This document, when correctly completed, contains several key pieces of information that will be used on many of the export forms you'll need to create later on.

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What Is a Bill of Lading?

David Noah | January 23, 2019 | Export Basics, Export Forms

Bills of lading are issued every day, but the transportation professionals who truly understand their significance are in the minority. With that in mind, we spoke with transportation law expert Brent Primus, J.D., CEO of Primus Law Office, P.A., and CEO and senior editor of transportlawtexts, inc. to discuss the Bill of Lading and its purpose.

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How to Correct Errors in Your Export Paperwork

Catherine J. Petersen | January 14, 2019 | Export Forms

Dear Cathy:

We have an export customer who placed a telephone order for a shipment of goods they needed quickly. They gave us a purchase order number and instructed us to bill one of their subsidiaries.

We processed the order quickly and shipped with all the documents showing the customer as the subsidiary company as requested.

When we received a hard copy of the purchase order it was actually from the parent company and not the subsidiary. Now they are telling us that the parent company is the customer and that all paperwork should match the purchase order.

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Export Compliance: Using the Proper Value on a Commercial Invoice

Catherine J. Petersen | October 22, 2018 | Export Compliance, Export Forms

Whenever you work on an export transaction, there are dozens of steps you must follow to successfully complete the process. One of these steps is issuing a commercial invoice. That is true whether your firm sells hundreds, thousands or millions of dollars worth of merchandise.

Occasionally, you may have a customer who requests that you ignore export compliance regulations and alter the invoice value to allow them to save money on import duties.

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