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Preparation Is Everything When Shipping

Commercial Invoice and EEI When shipping goods internationally a commercial invoice is required by most countries for non-document shipments. If your goods are valued over $2500usd an ITN # will need to be issued by filing your export information with the US government. Information below covers details regarding a commercial invoice and filing of Electronic Export Information. When preparing your commercial invoice have the information below available: Company Letterhead: Use your official company letterhead Incoterms® 2010 Rules: “Incoterms” is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce. Incoterms® rules are... Read More >>

Common Documentation When Exporting

We often receive questions surrounding common documentation required when exporting from the US. The following shipping documents are commonly used in exporting, but specific requirements vary by destination and product. Shippers Electronic Export Information (EEI). Filing with EEI creates your ITN# which is required for goods valued over $2500usd. Commercial Invoice: A bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer used to determine the true value of goods when assessing customs duties Certificate of Origin: Only required by some countries. In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead will suff... Read More >>

10 Tips When Importing

I am sure that some of you will agree there are times that international shipping can be a hassle. Below we have provided some tips that will help when importing goods. Some or all of these tips may apply to you. 1) Learn the lingo: INCOTERMS such as DAP, DDP, Ex Works, Free Onboard Vessel... all can positively or negatively impact you. 2) Know the rules: Learn the import dos and don'ts, and requirements for wherever you source goods. A good source is Trade Automation Services (TAS) database will  help you get to know all the latest preferential trade agreements between the U.S. and the rest of the w... Read More >>

Five Crucial Questions

Crucial Questions When Importing To Or Exporting From The US Whether importing or exporting to any of hundreds of international markets, it is critical that you work with someone who has the experience and backing to help you reduce the hassle, cost and time spent processing your shipments. When selecting a shipping partner, here are five crucial questions to ask. If the answers you receive are vague or incorrect, you may face problems down the road. Possible questions for your shipping partner: 1)      Do you have an in-house licensed customs broker? To import and export shipments into a country a “Lice... Read More >>

Temporary Entry - Simplifying Customs

ATA Carnet (Temporary Admission or Merchandise Passport) is an international customs document that simplifies customs procedures by using it as the entry document in place of customs documents for temporary importations. A Carnet is not always needed for temporary entry but when used for the right situation when shipping internationally is very useful. Carnets facilitate international business by avoiding extensive customs procedures, eliminating payment of Customs duties and excise taxes, and eliminating the purchase of temporary import bonds The Carnet simultaneously serves as a bond and the entry document for articles under vario... Read More >>

Is A License Needed To Export

Whether you need an export license or not, it will be determined by the nature of the goods being exported, the destination concerned and the ultimate end-use of the goods. You may classify the item using the Commerce Control List (CCL) or write to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for a commodity classification ruling If a particular item is classifiable on the CCL, it likely will require a license for export, or re-export only to certain designated countries Items not specified on the CCL may generally be shipped without a license unless they are destined to an embargoed country, to an end-user of concern, or for restricte... Read More >>

Are Your Goods Controlled?

This story is an addition to the story titled "Is A License Needed To Export". Are your goods controlled? Ensure that your export is under U.S. Department of Commerce jurisdiction at: or under the U.S. Department of State (DOS) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) at: Classify your item by reviewing the Commerce Control List or U.S. Munitions List (USML) If your item is classified by an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) or USML category, identify the reasons for control Goods Subject to Export Controls The fol... Read More >>

Limit Duties & Taxes

I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes international shipping can be real hassle, especially when it comes to duties and taxes. Here's a good example: an InXpress client recently received a duties & taxes bill from DHL that seemed rather high. When they reviewed the bill more thoroughly, they found that their supplier overseas used an incorrect Harmonized Tariff Schedule (“Schedule B”). It resulted in U.S. Customs charging an amount to our customer (via DHL) that was roughly twice what it should have been. In these cases, please know that we and DHL can help you fix this with a little bit of information! The DHL ... Read More >>

A Brief Introduction to International Shipping

A Brief Introduction to International Shipping

Making the jump to international shipping is a huge step in the life cycle of any small business. By introducing your goods to an overseas market, you take a calculated risk that has the potential to utterly change the course of your company’s future. Take Air Tractor, for example. This small manufacturing company from rural Texas was able to weather the worst of the recent economic recession – and even report consistent revenue growth - by exporting its products to European markets. Before you commit to bringing your business overseas however, some careful research is warranted. Even powerhouse corporations such as Wal-Mart... Read More >>

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