Chapter 1

Organizing for Export and Import Operations

Smooth, efficient, and compliance-oriented (and, therefore, profitable) exporting or importing requires that certain personnel must have specialized knowledge. The personnel involved and their organization vary from company to company, and sometimes the same personnel have roles in both exporting and importing. In small companies, one person may perform all of the relevant functions, while in large companies or companies with a large amount of exports or imports, the number of personnel may be large. In addition, as a company decides to perform in-house the work that it previously contracted with outside companies (such as customs brokers, freight forwarders, consultants, packing companies, ...

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