Are you ISO-certified? ISO stands for International Standards Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 9000 helps organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders - particularly for European and U.S. sales - on product quality assurances in purchasing agreements. It does this by way of international management standards that are relevant to organizations seeking a competitive advantage through the implementation of a quality management process and more.
Read: Are You ISO-Certified?
JETRO (www.jetro.org), a program run by the Japan External Trade Organization, is a non-profit government related organization established in 1958 to aid Japan's postwar export drive. They have six different branches located across the United States: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Their task is to find American companies with products that can be sold in Japan and to help them do it. What a gem!
Here's a look at some of the things that JETRO can do for you.
When deciding where to concentrate your sales efforts, a range of motivations comes into play. You might choose a market that intrigues you or offers a challenge, and then consider products that you might want to sell there. You will be visiting this market frequently and getting to know its people intimately, so, just as you should pick a product that will delight you for years to come, you should plan on importing/exporting to/from a country that delights and fascinates you.
The following article will help you think-through your foreign market entry approach and come up with a plan that both suits your passion and offers plenty of customers.Read the entire article: Foreign Market Entry
Are you seeking provocative business quotations about exporting for your blog, newsletter, white paper, presentation or e-commerce site? The following quotes, including one by Thomas L. Friedman, will cause people to stop and think more deeply about exporting goods and services around the world.
Read the entire feature: Provocative Quotes on Exporting Goods and Services
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of U.S. Government regulations that requires all manufacturers, exporters and brokers of defense articles, defense services or related technical data to be ITAR compliant. If your company falls under these categories, the following information will help answer some of your questions as to whether you need to become ITAR compliant and how to go about it.Read: Are You ITAR Compliant?
Stumped on how to comply with the United States government regulations on import and export trade? Look no further. The Export Compliance Training Institute holds seminars (including e-seminars) around the world to help you fully understand import and export trade compliance.
Read more here.
You've landed a sale overseas. Now you need to get paid. One easy option for payment is PayPal, an online payment service. Every account type that PayPal offers allows you to accept and make international payments. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? Are you signed up? If not, you must have a few reservations. Let's examine why establishing a PayPal account can be a good thing while working in the import/export industry. (Full disclosure: I do not work for PayPal, nor do I have any vested interests in the organization.)
Read entire article: PayPal: A Way to Pay or Get Paid Across Borders
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting global small businesses the world over. Instead of more than 100 million people coming together to ShopSmall®, let's gather a billion people (and yes, still use those American Express cards along with others!) to ShopPlanet.
Will you continue to support the local businesses--I hope so--or will you expand your purchases to include all over the world?
Let's do it! For more information, read: Global Small Business Sunday: Shop the Planet
One of the first things you should do before officially setting up your import/export business is to find yourself a good lawyer, a knowledgeable accountant and a savvy banker, each of whom should specialize in international transactions. You may feel that you can't afford these professional services, but in truth, you can't afford to do without them.
The following article outlines the benefits to each expert's capabilities.