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How To's: Trade Questions Answered

As international trade professionals, we receive general questions and inquiries about trade on a daily basis. Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked trade questions. Should you require additional assistance or further clarification with any trade issue, please contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve greater profits through world trade.

Import How To
What is involved with importing? Where do I start?
No import process tutorial is comprehensive or 100% applicable to your import scenario, as every import is different. However the general requirements are the same for all imports to the US. To begin your import process education or refresh on the basics of a general requirement, please review the Import Process Tutorial.

What is included in a product description?
Developing a concise product specification and description is one of the first required pieces of information when importing. See our example for more details.

How do I determine what product specific or agency requirements exist for my import?
Page 105 of the CBP's Publication: Importing Into the U.S.

Do I need a license to import my product?
A common mistake made by new importers is the assumption that they’ll need a special license to import goods into the United States. Learn more about the license requirements.

What is an HTS number, why do I need it, and how to I find one for my import?
Get a quick overview of HTS here. Use the HTSUS to determine your HTS number.

How do I locate and contact a supplier?
Many online resources are available. Contacting foreign consular offices in the U.S. is another option. Next, develop a concise letter to request information. See our example for details.

How do I determine my landed cost? What is included?
View our example for details.

What are the basic required documents to import?
The following documents are commonly used in importing, but specific requirements vary by destination and product. For assistance with country specific documentation requirements, please contact us.

*Country specific requirements exist.

What are INCOTERMS?
INCOTERMS define the rights an obligations of the parties of the contract with respect to delivery of goods.

How do I know if I am conducting reasonable care?
Look at the checklist provided in the CBP Publication: Importing Into the U.S.

Export How To
How do I determine if my product needs an export license?
A relatively small percentage of total U.S. exports and reexports require a license, in fact less than 5% of total U.S. exports require a license. You, as the exporter, must determine whether your export requires a license. License requirements are dependent upon many factors. For more information, click here.

How do I determine my Schedule B number?
The Schedule B number is needed to complete the Shipper’s Export Declaration, Certificates of Origin and other shipping documents. Learn more about how to determine your Schedule B number.

What partners do I need for an international transaction?
The following are a list of partners you may need to complete your international transaction. See our Resources for a list of local contacts.

  • Professional Consultant
  • International Attorney
  • International Bank
  • Customs Broker
  • Logistics Provider/Freight Forwarder

What are the basic required documents to export?
The following documents are commonly used in exporting, but specific requirements vary by destination and product. For assistance with country-specific documentation requirements, please contact us.

*Country specific requirements exist.
**SED must be filed via AES Direct (free service from Census and Customs) online system.

What are INCOTERMS?
INCOTERMS define the rights an obligations of the parties of the contract with respect to delivery of goods.

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