Once you have identified your new foreign buyers you then need to consider how to ship your goods to your international customers efficiently, securely, and legally. You may want to check with a couple different international shipping companies to compare costs and available services. There are freight forwarders who specialize in certain types of shipments. For more information about the international shipping process, contact your local U.S. Commercial Service office, and watch this Exporting Basics video all about shipping. Shipping Your ProductThe hurdles you have to clear don’... read more

The GOI requires extensive documentation prior to allowing the importation of goods. Local customs brokers are acquainted with the procedures and required format of the documentation. At a minimum, the U.S. exporter or his agent must provide a pro-forma invoice, commercial invoice, certificate of origin, bill of lading, packing list, and insurance certificate. In addition to those documents additional certificates are often required by technical agencies with an interest in the content and conformance of the imported product such as food, pharmaceutical, seeds, or chemicals.The process of providing ... read more

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