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Trading Internationally? How to Be Sure Both Parties are Compliant

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Being in the international trade market means that you need to know and follow the rules for each country. If you fail to do so, there could be grave consequences for your business interests. Here are some of the steps that you’ll want to take to ensure that both parties are being compliantly handled.

Know Point of Origin

The point of origin for your trade makes a difference in the amount of tariffs that may need to be charged. Keeping tabs on where your products and services are going or coming from needs to be carefully documented. In order to remain compliant, you need to be able to show this record to any authorities that may decide to question you. There may be other factors that need to be taken into consideration when you have international partners. Being aware of these factors will save you from potential fines.

Create a Contract

A contract is another important step because this will allow you to spell out the exact terms of your deal. It puts everything in writing so that you have another layer of protection. You can always pull this agreement up if you feel that obligations aren’t being met or if there is a compliance issue. Another good thing about a contract is that you can ensure that all of the international regulations are legally being double-checked.

Use Software for Assistance

Software programs can prove to be invaluable tools when you have international business interests. Name matching software for all of your business deals does more than just provide you with assurances about the other parties’ identity. It gives you more information about who they are and any other considerations that could affect the course of your business relationship. You don’t want to make a costly error by choosing the wrong international party.

Implement Audit Protocols

Even with the best laid plans, there may be issues that come up. Having a quality assurance plan in place will ensure that you can rectify any errors before they can become a larger problem. Rules and regulations may change from time to time and having a second check helps to keep everyone compliant. You may need to renegotiate the terms of your contract as these international changes occur. Being caught not playing by the rules can cost your business its reputation.

Engaging in international trade means that you need to step up your game. Use these techniques to help you through the process and maintain a high level of compliance.


Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber.


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