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Everything You Need to Know about Starting an...
Find out what is required to start a profitable import/export business.
10 Insanely Great Websites to Help You Build an...
Websites to visit to build and grow your import/export business.
Direct Exporting: Advantages and Disadvantages...
What is direct exporting and what are the advantages and disadvantages to this method of foreign market entry.
Naming Your Import/Export Business
This article helps you choose a name for your import/export business.
6 Things to Know About Becoming a Customs Broker
What you need to know to become a licensed customs broker.
3 Steps to Getting an Import Permit Internation...
How to get an import permit anywhere in the world.
Countertrade: The Pros and Cons
In this article I focus on the most common form of countertrade, bartering—why it is used, which company has put it to use and what the pros and cons are.
Indirect Exporting: Advantages and Disadvantage...
This article highlights methods of indirect exporting, including the distinction between an export management and export trading company, as well as providing the pros and cons of using one or both as part of your overall export sales strategy.
How to Hire a Good Customs Broker
Here is a look at what a customs broker is, what they do and how to find one.
Why Develop a Global Marketing Strategy?
This article examines why it’s important to create a global marketing strategy for your business (no matter what size it is) and what the benefits are to crafting one.
What You Need to Know About International...
A look at the most commonly used foreign trade terms provided by the International Chamber of Commerce’s Incoterms rules.
What Is An Inspection Certificate?
Country governments as well as importers and exporters oftentimes require inspection certificates. This article outlines how inspection certificates protect importers and exporters against fraud, mistakes and poor quality performance. Companies who conduct inspection certifications is also covered.
Understanding Country of Origin Certificates
This article discusses the meaning of a country of origin certificate and why it's important on import/export shipments.
The Top Four Global Business Intelligence...
Here are four companies worth a look in the field of global business intelligence.
How to Find a Supplier for the Product You Want...
This article helps you with the process of finding a supplier for the product you want to import.
5 Ways to Make Global Sourcing a Success
This article provides tips on how to make the most of global sourcing.
Commercial Invoice: How to Prepare a Commercial...
This article outlines what is a commercial export invoice, why it is important and how to prepare it.
What You Need to Ship Cargo By Ocean or Air
This article covers the two types of bills of lading for an import-export shipment, the ocean bill of lading and the airway bill.
Eleven Questions a Logistics Specialist Will Ask
Eleven questions to address before moving goods from one country to another.
Import and Export Packing List: Packing List
This section describes what a packing list is and what it includes as it accompanies the commercial invoice on an international shipment.
Export Shipping Documentation: Export Sale
This article outlines the basic international shipping documents required to complete an export sale.
How to Prepare a Proforma Invoice
This article details how to put together a proforma invoice on an export sale.
50 Questions to Ask An Overseas Distributor
Think you've found the perfect overseas distributor? Here I've created a checklist of all the questions you should ask to pre-screen distributors.
International Shipments: Break Bulk and...
Here are a variety of common options and techniques for loading your international shipment. We focus on break bulk versus container loading.
How to Become an Import or Export Middleman
What is a middleman (or middlewoman), what do they do and how do they work? Here you will find out.
How to Choose a Product to Export
This article helps you decide on a product to export.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Global...
This article discusses how a global strategic alliance works and what it can and cannot do for you.
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Starting...
Once you select a product, how do you know it will sell? Will you make money selling it? How should you price the product? These are the questions addressed in this article, which is part II of a III-part series.
Spot Versus Forward Foreign Exchange
How do you protect your business and your profits? One way is to learn the ins and outs to foreign exchange. In this article, I talk about the difference between a spot versus a forward foreign exchange and how to hedge against currency fluctuations.
International Franchising: A Global Strategic...
In this article, I look at what is international franchising, its benefits, how to get started in franchising and where to look for additional help.
How to Determine If a Foreign Company is Legit
How do you determine if a foreign company is legitimate? Here are seven ways to find out.
How to Price Your Product Competitively For...
This article discusses how to price your product competitively for import and export markets and what criteria you should consider for determining just how high or low you can go on your markup.
Entering a Foreign Market Through Licensing
In this article I take a look at what licensing is and what are the benefits to licensing. All in all, licensing is a great way to penetrate a new foreign market.
The 7 Signs of Import/Export Business...
This article offers seven signs that serve as early detectors of import/export business deterioration.
How to Develop an Import/Export Business Plan
This article defines what an import/export business plan is and how to develop one that allows you to measure results.
A Guide to Working With an International...
This article examines what an international distributor does and what you need to know before appointing one.
6 Ways to Save Money Importing
Here are six ways to save money importing.
Insurance Coverage For Export Shipments
Insurance coverage for export shipments is as vital to your product delivery plans as safe vehicles and good sturdy cartons. In this article, we look at four points to consider when securing air or marine export insurance.
How to Prepare Your Products for Import/Export
This article shows you how to prepare your product for sale in a new market.
Japanese Economy and Distribution System
Japan's distribution system can benefit exporters who take the time to learn its workings and plot their marketing strategies accordingly. This article shows you how to put Japan's distribution system to work for your business.
How to Access U.S. Import and Export Trade...
This article examines seven key offerings from the U.S. Census Bureau on Foreign Trade which is the official source for U.S. import and export statistics.
Are you ISO-Certified?
This article describes the features and benefits to obtaining ISO certification (9000, 9001 and 14000).
10 Secrets to Managing a Successful Blog
In this article we outline ten simple rules for managing a successful blog. Knowing your audience is a start.
How to Find Importing Wholesalers For Your...
This article provides a short list on how to find a good overseas wholesaler and how to pre-qualify them to insure that they are a reputable firm.
How to Avoid Bribes in International Business
Here we examine a bribery scenario, learn about Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and discover how to avoid or handle bribery disputes.
Export Potential in Indonesia
In this article, we take a look at Indonesia and why you should consider this vibrant market for exports and sourcing products.
How to Determine if a Product Requires an...
Learn how to determine whether a product requires an export license and, if so, which export license you need and whether any restrictions apply.
How Technology Helps Businesses Go Global
The use of technology helps business owners and executives go global. Here's how.
CHINA
How to do business with one of the world's largest economies: China.
Where Do I Start with an Import-Export Business?
An Australian-based reader emails me expressing his interest in becoming a middleman on a product line where he would import a product on an exclusive basis and resell it to his customers. Here's what we discussed.
Leading With a Global Mindset
How to develop the necessary skills and behaviors for import/export success.
How to Become a Certified Global Business...
This article examines how to become a certified global business professional and what are the benefits.
Eight Tips for New Importers
Once you have crafted a plan on what type of product you want to import, the following tips will serve as a guide in the import process.
What is Parallel Importing?
In this article, I define what parallel importing is, provide an example of parallel importing and touch on the lawfulness of parallel importations.
14 Incentives For Importing/Exporting
Find out 14 incentives (benefits) for importing/exporting!
Scripting Your Communication to the Manufacture...
This article guides you on how to script a communication to find a manufacturer for an import or export product.
14 Funny Mistranslations From Around the World
This article provides examples of funny mistranslations that could have been avoided had the companies slowed down with their communication process.
The Gold Key Service: How to Find Customers The...
Are you stuck on how to find and meet with pre-screened potential cross-border business associates? Whether you are seeking a single customer, agent, a distributor or a joint-venture partner -- it's all covered here with details about the Gold Key Service (GKS).
How to Select a Product to Import
This article helps you learn how to select a product for import.
Japan Business: 5 Ways to Build Harmony with...
Two important guidelines for doing business in Japan are: honor all of your own obligations scrupulously, but help your associates avoid incurring them. This article highlights five ways to put these principles to work.
How to Set Up a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ)
In this article, I define what is a foreign-trade zone, what are the benefits and how to set one up.
From Chaos to Creativity: How to Foster...
Here, I talk about six ways to tap into a bountiful source of creativity that might be right in front of you and how to make creativity a way of life.
Carton Markings For Export
This article offers several considerations that govern your shipment marking.
Choosing Your Form of Organization (Part 1 of 2)
How to decide which legal structure is best for your import/export business.
A Guide to Working With a Sales Agent
This article examines what an international sales agent does and what you need to know before appointing one.
Contract Manufacturing
This article examines what contract manufacturing is and what it can do for your import/export business.
7 Factors to Consider When Outsourcing
In this article, I discuss seven factors to consider when looking to outsource from around the world.
Service Exports: A Dynamic Export Option
In this article we discuss exporting a service and how it differs from exporting a product.
8 Common Pitfalls with Importing and Exporting
In this article, I highlight areas where international traders experience the most turbulence.
International Trade Credit Insurance
In this article, I ask David Barrett, sales agent for Euler Hermes North America, a leading provider of trade-related insurance solutions, a range of questions about international trade credit insurance. The first question: What is trade credit insurance?
Global Marketing Campaigns: How to Get It Right
Here's an example of a firm who didn't get it right on a global marketing campaign and two firms that did.
Importing: Entry of Goods
In this article, I address what is required in the import entry process, who can make the entry, what documentation is required and what happens if no person files for entry of goods (you’d be surprised at how often this happens).
A 10-Point Checklist to Expedite Clearance of...
In this article, I’ve prepared a 10-point checklist to use as a guide for expediting the clearance of your goods on an import transaction.
How to Develop An Export Marketing Plan
Market research is a powerful tool for exploring and taking control of your global territory. It also enables you to develop an export marketing plan. Take it look at how it's done.
Get Yourself An Online Export Education
This article examines online export training resources to help you further develop the skills you need to become a better exporter.
How to Comply with Import Regulations
Are you complying with both state and federal government import regulations? Here’s how to find out.
How Trusted Travelers Can Move Fast Through...
Here we describe eight programs that serve to protect and expedite your international travel.
10 Places to Look for Import and Export Help
In addition to the Import and Export site, here are ten other places to turn for help with importing and exporting.
3 Global Mobile Trends to Watch in 2016
How are consumers and businesses alike looking to buy products and services in 2016 and beyond? That’s easy. Here are three global mobile trends.
Global Trademarks: A Start Up Guide to Global...
This article addresses what a trademark is, how to select a trademark, how to establish rights to a trademark and where to turn for additional help.
Are you ITAR Compliant?
The information in this article will help answer some of your questions as to whether you need to become ITAR compliant and how to go about it.
Inspiring Quotes On Globalization, Importing...
Here are a few noteworthy quotes on globalization, importing and exporting.
8 Big Import Compliance Challenges
What are the most critical issues affecting importers today? Here are my top eight.
What’s Needed on a Commercial Import...
This article tells you how to prepare a commercial import invoice to ensure a smooth delivery.
7 Places You Need to Contact for International...
Even if you are short on time or have limited funds, these places will help you get primed for taking your business global.
International Business Travel: Packing Smart...
Here are some essentials for a one-week business trip, including wardrobe, accessories and documents.
Export Promotion and Development
This article defines what export promotion means and how it affects a government’s export strategy, such as the National Export Initiative (NEI) in the United States. It will also help you increase the export sales of your products.
Deliver on Your Promises
Delivering on your promises is doing what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. This article provides specific examples of how delivering on your promises matters in the global marketplace.
Free Trade Agreements: Top Free Trade...
This article examines free trade agreements (FTAs) that are pending along with those that are under negotiation. Page 2.
What Is the Export-Import Bank of the United...
Find out how the Export-Import Bank of the United States can finance the export of U.S. goods and services.
The Dos and Don’ts of Import Compliance...
A webinar that covers the dos and don'ts of import compliance. Here's an outline to help you take notes.
What to Do: An Overseas Sales Agent, Distributo...
This article outlines steps to take before setting up an international sales or distributorship agreement, which will protect you should something run afoul.
Factors to Consider When Choosing An Import...
Factors to consider when choosing an import method.
Five Ways to Satisfy Your Overseas Customer
This article highlights five steps to ensure that your overseas customers are happy ones.
Packing For International Shipping
Whether importing or exporting, you must ship your product from one country to another in an undamaged condition. This article outlines ten factors to consider when packing for international shipping.
Health Inspection and Certification
This article examines health inspection and certification issues as it relates to importing and exporting agricultural products.
An Export Sale: How it Works
Here are six major components to an export sale. These may not be all that you need to pay attention to, but they are a good starting point.
The Mysterious Triangular Trade
Here you will find out what triangular trade is and how it occurred during the colonial era in American history.
How U.S. Companies Should Pay Overseas Suppliers
Seven frequently asked questions related to how U.S. companies should pay overseas suppliers are addressed here.
6 Ways to Execute a Perfect Global Growth Plan...
To prepare for success, start to put a gigantic global growth plan for your business in place for the future. Here are six ways to go about it.
Global E-Commerce: 3 Ways to Turn Your Website...
Here are three ways to turn your website into a global e-commerce money-making machine
Communicating Across Cultures
Tips and advice from two books that will keep you at your best while negotiating international business deals.
Exporting Resources You May Not Know About
Here are three fabulous resources you might not know about that will help you understand trade regulations, access market intelligence and find money for market development.
PayPal: A Way to Pay or Get Paid Across Borders
This article examines why establishing a PayPal account can be a good thing while working in the import/export industry.
Save Money While Exporting: Tips to Cut...
Ten ways to cut expenses on export sales.
What You Need to Know Before Starting an...
Here I cover sounding out the market before you tap into it, mastering the regulatory environment and locating a few good customers or suppliers well before you open your door to the world for business.
How to Position Your Business for Global Success
Here are ten ways to position your business for global success.
Escrow: Money Held By a Third Party in...
Ready to export your goods? Don’t want the hassle of a letter of credit but want your cash upfront? Perhaps an escrow service is the answer.
Six Biggest Stumbling Blocks to Going Global...
Six basic, simple reasons for not going global and how to overcome them.
How to Find an Ideal Distributor
In this article, I talk about insights that will help you find the ideal distributor.
Choosing Your Form of Organization (Part 2 of 2)
How to decide which legal structure is best for your import/export business. We examine the differences between a partnership, corporation, subschapter S and limited liability company (LLC).
Everything You Should Know About Foreign Trade...
This article offers a short course in foreign trade regulations and how it can impact your import/export business.
What Constitutes a “Made in USA”...
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How to Get Paid by International Customers
In this article you will learn how to get paid by international customers, whether you should negotiate in multiple currencies and what are the best ways to send and receive a payment.
eCommerce and Online Shopping Sites Worth...
Many online retailers are looking at India as a possible destination for global expansion. Here’s why.
How an Architectural Firm Expands from Local to...
In this interview I ask Michael Ellis, managing partner at Hollywood, Calif.-based architectural firm 5+design, about how his start-up grew to become an internationally recognized organization.
Let’s Appreciate and Applaud Those Who...
This article celebrates the people who, day in and day out, pursue exporting on purpose.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Trade Booster...
Karen Kerrigan talks about Trans-Pacific Partnership, how it will benefit small business owners, and when the agreement will go into effect.
How to Select a Profitable Overseas Market
Once you have a good idea of what you want to export, you must decide which overseas market you are going to enter. Here I look at a variety of factors that play into the decision-making process.
Twelve Tactics for Creating Powerful Global...
In this article, I talk about why interactions matter with people and how you can become a much better leader to fully engage those you lead.
The Go-To Websites for Agricultural Export...
There are a plethora of resources available under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website that help American companies export food products. Here are eighteen
5 Trends That Are Reshaping a Brighter Future...
Find out how small businesses will leap from local to global over the coming years.
Global Mobile Marketing: Conducting World...
Here we offer compelling facts on global mobile, tips on what works in global mobile and a case study to move you to action.
Small Business Globalization Through the Years...
What was the climate like for small businesses that wanted to expand internationally in earlier years? Find out here and at the same time, discover four significant business developments that are taking place in the global economy of the 21st century.
Shipping Global Cargo in the Internet Age
Cargo shipments are coming into the Internet age and promise to reshape the transportation industry. Let’s take a look.
Making the Case for a Global Brand
In this article, I spell out what a global brand is and five reasons to develop one.
Establish Your Import/Export Dream Team
In officially setting up your import/export business, here are the experts you need on your dream team.
Launching Your Start-Up Globally
This interview was conducted by GrowBiz Media with me, Laurel Delaney in July 2012. I spoke with GrowBiz Media about launching a start-up globally since anyone in the world who has an Internet connection can access a website.
Five Strategies For Developing Overseas Sales...
This article explains five creative yet reliable strategies that demonstrate cultural and social sensitivity, gain customer confidence and respect, and generate steady sales.
Exhibiting at Trade Shows
Here's how to maximize your next trade show experience.
Blissfully Mistranslated Slogans, Posts and...
In this article, I discuss the necessity of getting translation letter perfect and how even the best of intentions can run afoul if we are not careful.
Designing for Foreign Cultures
When designing for a foreign audience, consider these five factors.
Developing a Meaningful Mentor Relationship for...
This article takes a look at how to develop a mentor relationship, what a mentor can offer you, how to find one and how to establish expectations in the relationship.
Shipping By Air: An Interview with Fauad...
In this interview with Fauad Shariff, Crescent Air Freight Ltd., we talk about the biggest mistakes companies make when shipping by air.
How to Make the Most of Global Mobile Commerce
Here we examine what’s driving the explosive growth of global mobile commerce, how it is going to redefine the way business is done all over the world and how to leverage it to sell more stuff.
How to Identify International Opportunities
In this article, you will learn how to identify international opportunities by utilizing online resources and other methods.
Exporting: Will Your Product Succeed in Your...
How to turn your exporting ambitions into a concrete strategy based on market realities by asking and answering smart questions.
Tariffs: Taxes Levied on Imports
In this article, I cover specific tariffs and how tariffs can discourage imports, making imported goods more expensive than locally produced goods.
7 Lessons Colleagues have Taught Me on...
In this article, I examine the perils with conducting business in China and offer seven lessons to help treat some of the pain points.
Where to Source Products and What to do if You...
Here I cover where to source a new product and what to do if you receive crappy product samples.
Singapore: The Entrepreneurial Capital of the...
This briefing offers stats and tips on doing business in Singapore and an understanding of why Singapore is considered the entrepreneurial capital of the world.
Growing a Global Business: Getting Started
This interview with Laurel Delaney (Part 1 of 2) explains how to get in the global game and, once you're there, how to use social networking tools to grow your business global.
Borderless Business
Discover why there is no turning back to the outmoded way of strictly operating a small local business. It’s pure global business -- the world is your market.
Go Beyond Expectations
Want to know how to exceed the expectations of customers who are thousands of miles away? These ideas will help you astonish your customers so they keep coming back.
How To Prepare Packaged Goods For Overseas...
Here are seven guidelines to consider that will help you minimize risks when shipping goods internationally.
Market Research: Dreaded Chore, a Powerful Tool
How to conduct import/export market research.
3 Must Have Apps for Global Travelers
Let's take a look at three must have apps for global travelers.
Make Customers Your No. 1 Priority
This article outlines how to make international customers your No. 1 priority.
6 Reasons to Love E-Commerce
Here we examine six reasons for loving your e-commerce site after it’s set up.
Global Branding for Small Businesses
This article talks about how to create a global branding campaign for your small business without making it into a costly endeavor.

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