Documentation, Export Licensing, and Other Procedures

One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags, and no countries and the only passport will be the heart.

—Attributed to Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana

In these past several chapters, I’ve walked you through the somewhat-complex process of getting your export shipment together with the help of your global freight forwarder. In this chapter, I’ll go over another set of painstaking but critical details—the preparation of shipping documentation to coincide with your transport and payment methods. I will also address the often anxiety-producing (but needlessly so!) issue of the exporter’s licensing responsibilities. Finally, I will provide a checklist for a final ...

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