Exporting products around the world can help a business to grow exponentially. However, this process needs to be done correctly, or else the company in question might find that products won’t get to where they want them to in a timely manner. Worse, there are cases where a delivery doesn’t make it at all. This is because every country has different customs regulations. In order to achieve customs clearance, a company must have all the appropriate paperwork in place and pay any associated fees. This can be a bit overwhelming for the average person with no experience.
One of the first things an exporter needs to know is what is allowed to go where. Every country has restrictions on exported/imported products. For example, Australia doesn’t allow any wood products to be brought in unless they’ve gone through a specific sealing process. This means no raw wood products or woods with a wax sealant. If a company is selling raw rattan furniture, their products will never make it past customs.
Every country has specific instructions on how to identify products as well. China, for example, requires a detailed list of every item. If an exporter is sending unassembled furniture, they would need to provide a list of every part, including the nails, screws and washers. Without this information, the customs agent can delay or even refuse the shipment. Unfortunately, in many cases, items that aren’t fully identified simply disappear, leaving the business with no recourse.
There are also different fees between countries. Some will allow the fee to be transferred to the recipient while others require it to be paid upon arrival into the customs center. Knowing which country requires what will prevent long delays. It can take months for a customs issue to be identified to the recipient or to the seller.
There are a number of other considerations as well. From size, type, cost, declarations and more, knowing this information in advance is a must for any exporter. Not doing this correctly can force a company out of business due to the fines and delays that come from getting it wrong.
If you’re considering starting an export company, you might want to begin by hiring a shipping company that specializes in exports. This will cost you a little money, but it ensures that every shipment you make gets to where it needs to be with little to no interference in customs.