US Export HQ episode 2 —The Export Process

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Adria Chang reviews the US Export Process.

What is an ATA Carnet and How/Why is it Used?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013


The acronym ATA stands for Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission, or the ATA, and is a widely used International document.

ATA Carnet, Importance and Relevance

An ATA Carnet is used to simply move shipment from one country to the other without the need of a formal clearance or the payment of duties.  Its main function is to facilitate global trade.

ATA Carnet Categories

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Testing Products Prior to the Export

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Undertaking thorough testing of the products prior to exporting is strictly enforced by various nations. In some nations, the procedure is enforced in a genuinely strict way. Those nations have come up with a well laid out formula for the products that may be specially tested prior to the export. The procedure helps in maintaining the quality control, true value worth the investment by the buyer, and genuineness of the product.  …Continue Reading

Shipping Samples to Potential Customers

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Just like any other product purchase, the export marketing community too, relies on the sample examination of the products. In some the cases, the export market clients shy away from the if they are not able to determine the quality of the product by first receiving a sample. Therefor, using good quality sample products as a standard part of your export business is essential for securing additional export customers worldwide. …Continue Reading

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

We would like to take a moment to thank you all for your support and following!

We  wish all of you a wonderful Christmas Day, Happy Holidays (if you are not celebrating Christmas), and a Blessed and Successful New Year!!

Effective Shipping Methods

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

One of the vital factors behind a successful export business is the shipping procedure. Differences in shipping methods not only reduce your profit but may also damage your customer experience. On the other hand, even small export businesses have been able grow within their export industry by focusing on efficient shipping procedures. …Continue Reading

Labeling You Shipment for Export

Friday, December 21st, 2012

One of the vital prerequisites of the exporting business is the efficient and effective handling of all matters related to the product shipment. Labeling holds significant importance in the success of your export business.

Basic Export Label

In most cases, the exporter will paste a label on top of the shipment. The labeling often contains the address of the buyer, the shipping date and an order number as well as the number of pieces in the shipment. This may not be enough.  For newbie export marketers, the procedure of labeling could be a difficult job.

Here are some of the more known types of shipment labeling samples. …Continue Reading

Packing Your Shipment

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Continuing our coverage of the importance of packing,  you may know, professional packing plays a significant and vital role in any export shipment.  Absence of genuinely quality  shipment packing for export can cause any exporter dearly.

An exporter may follow few basic and well-tested procedures for packing international shipments.  Your product will indicate how it should be packed.  Fragile items are packed with proper internal and external cushions, air-bags, beans, etc.  Larger exterior boxes may be double walled (see picture) in order to withstand the weight of multiple boxes of the product being consolidated in a larger box.  Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Materials have specific packing requirements as well as labeling requirements to ensure the safety and well being of all those who come in contact with the shipment. …Continue Reading

Export Packaging

Monday, December 17th, 2012

As mentioned numerous times, one of the essential aspects behind the professional exports is the packaging. Professional packaging of an export item requires an overall approach starting from planning of packaging to the hiring freight forwarder for the transportation of your shipment.

Lets look at proper packing.  Improper packing could result in damage loss or even death. There are certain procedures that you must follow when packing your shipment for international transportation.

Packing and Insurance …Continue Reading

Countries Requiring pre-Inspection

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Is pre Export Inspection Required?

Prior inspection or pre-inspection is where the country where you are exporting your shipment to, requires that the shipment be inspected prior to it departing the US.

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How to Find the HTSUS Number for Your Product

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Part of your legal responsibilities as an exporter is to properly declare your products with the Department of Commerce.  This filling is done on the AES website.  You must file when you export shipments over $2,500 per commodity.  It is important that you file properly and correctly.

Defining the HTSUS

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I would like to first Thank You all for being part of our community.  It is a pleasure to receive your input and questions.  Please keep them coming.

Several readers have suggested that we create an FAQ tab, but our concern is that since we recently started posting on a regular basis, we wanted to ensure that the questions, concerns and areas needed more attention will come directly from our community.  This is the reason why we do not yet have an FAQ tab.  We will have one, once we see what questions and material you would like to learn more about.  To that, please keep your questions coming.  We are excited that you are interested in not only growing your business, but growing it globally. …Continue Reading

US Export HQ episode 1 – Introduction

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Adria Chang welcomes you to learn more about US Export HQ’s new audio podcast.

Why You Need to Know What Your HTSUS Number

Friday, December 7th, 2012


What is HTSUS?

Schedule B and HTSUS are the two different number classifications for US exporters. HTSUS is an acronym for ‘The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.’  The World Trade Commission (WTC) is responsible for establishing the harmonized classification system.  Practically all countries use the same classification system (same first 6 digits) in order to maintain a global standard reference.  Although both numbers can be used for exports, only the HTSUS can be used for classifying US imports. …Continue Reading

How to Prepare a Commercial Invoice for Export

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

We are all familiar with invoices and bills.  We see them every day when we open our mail. So what is the difference between an invoice and a “commercial invoice?”  A commercial invoice is simply an invoice used for international trade. Think of a bill/invoice that you receive at home (power/electricity, telephone/cell phone, credit card, etc.). What type of information do they contain? They contain the information that you will need in order to identify the goods or services that you have purchased and need to pay for.  When you receive an invoice for credit card purchase, it will include the date, what was purchased, where was purchased and the cost or price you pay for what was purchased. The same holds true for a commercial invoice. It must also contain all the basic information (and some specific information when it comes to certain commodities) that will be required by both your foreign buyer as well as customs in the country of destination. The commercial invoice is by far the most important document you will need for export shipments. Although there is no specific form that must be used, there are several items that you will need to have as you prepare the document. A properly completed commercial invoice will facilitate a quick clearance at destination country.  A poorly prepared commercial invoice on the other hand, may not only cause the shipment to be delayed, but it may also trigger an inspection which would cause an even longer delay and perhaps cost associated with the inspection.  …Continue Reading

Exporter Negotiation Check List

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

When working with overseas customers it is vitally important that both parties are fully aware and clear on the transaction that is taking place. This Export Negotiation Check List will help you focus on some of the key factors of exporting from the US.

Here are some export negotiation points that need to be agreed upon:

  • Currency

This is important due to:

  • Clarity –

Do not assume you are both talking about USD.  When working in a global marketplace identifying the currency will allow you


to better.

  • Currency fluctuation

This is a double edge sword and depending on the currency.  Although some exporters are willing to gamble and sell their …Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolution for 2013

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Happy December!  

Welcome to the last month of the year.  We are fast approaching the beginning of a new year.  It is the time of year where we not only take stock in what we have accomplished in the past year on a personal, family and business life but we plan what we would like to accomplish in the coming year.

A New Year brings us a clean slate and the opportunity to start fresh, to set goals and to get results!  New Year’s resolutions are common in many countries and are a practical way we permit ourselves a fresh start and wipe out any previous mistakes that have been weighing hard on our minds.  This is the time to start something new, fun, challenging and life changing.

What will your new year’s resolutions be this year? Will you finally start your new business?  Will you allow yourself to Dare? I hope you do!  That is how all of the great businesses have started.  They have ALL started with an idea and with someone allowing themselves to dare dream, dare try, dare Make it!

How will your life be different as you receive 2014 next year? …Continue Reading

Cultural Differences

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Export and Cultural Difference

The international trade has been in existence since man began to explore beyond their “known” areas.  Ancient empires spread their wings of domination throughout the world. Although we cannot compare the ancient empires’ abilities to trade with that of a present day’s exporter, we must acknowledge that we have been trading globally since ancient times. The trade has required the trader with the understanding and acceptance of cultural differences. Export marketing acknowledges and attaches a significant importance to the diverse aspects of cultural differences and divergence of diverse aspects of world communities.

The goal of an exporter is to grow their business globally.  To do so, you must be able to grow be able to have a few basic. …Continue Reading

Export Basics – Basic Flow

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


Getting Ready for Export Business

Export business has been an inseparable part of the long distance trade. Global empires found the export business to be one of the most appropriate ways of not only expanding and gaining territorial dominance, but of also uniting the culture on the countries that were being invaded. Looking back at the characteristics of the export business, the experts found it to be reasonably unchanged over the history of the human race. …Continue Reading

Export Shipping Documents – Part 3

Sunday, November 25th, 2012


Additional Documents for Specific Goods


Depending on the commodity/product that you are shipping you may find specific requirements needed for international shipping.

Dangerous Goods Certificate

When a product/commodity is classified as a dangerous good, it must be handled/shipped cautiously. This is why a dangerous good certificate is required.

If you are not certified (the certification is granted after taking a 3 day class and passing a written exam) you should not be handling dangerous goods shipments. A mishandled, mislabeled, incorrectly documented, incorrectly packed dangerous good shipment can cause injury and even death. Only Certified individuals must handle dangerous goods shipments.

All air shipments of dangerous goods must be accompanied by the Shipper’s Declaration of Dangerous Goods, which is required by the international air transport Association (IATA). The exporter is responsible for the accuracy and required information on this form. You are the owner of the product being exported. If you are not certified, you will need to hire a company specialized in preparing dangerous goods certificates. …Continue Reading