Category Archives: Foreign Trade Regulations

Featured Video: What is a Freight Forwarder? Part 1



These videos are taken from a series of Export Videos produced jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To view a complete list of all our videos, go to our website … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Requirements for Importing a Rough Diamond?



By: Erin Days Earlier this year, I was in a geology class and was assigned a project on different minerals; I chose rough diamonds. In my search to buy one, I found this one carat rough diamond for about $60 from … Continue reading

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Featured Video: A Quick Guide to the Foreign Trade Regulations



  These videos are taken from a series of Export Videos produced jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To view a complete list of all our videos, go to our … Continue reading

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What is required for me to ship charity goods to Japan?



By: Omari Wooden On Friday, March 11, 2011, a major earthquake struck northern Japan, devastating the area and triggering a tsunami. Many U.S. residents and organizations are generously donating food, water, medicines, and other supplies to aid in the relief efforts. … Continue reading

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Proposed changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations



By: Omari Wooden On January 21, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR), also in pdf, for revisions to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Most of the clarifications and changes reflect a need to update the … Continue reading

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How Do You Report a Drop Shipment?



By: Omari Wooden How do you report a drop shipment in the Automated Export System (AES)? First, let’s discuss a hypothetical scenario that involves a drop shipment. A foreign party purchases a product from a U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI), … Continue reading

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Exporting Software: To file or not to file? Part 2



By: Omari Wooden In my last post, I discussed the requirement to file exports of mass market software. Now, I’ll discuss and clarify the requirements of reporting intangible products such as customized software or products. The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) recognizes … Continue reading

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Exporting Software: To file or not to file, Part 1



By: Omari Wooden The Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) mandates the filing of Electronic Export Information (EEI) in the Automated Export System (AES) for shipments of physical goods. The key word here is “physical.” In order for an item or product to be … Continue reading

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Selling Stuff Online?



By: Sean Kline If you’re like me, you’ve probably sold something online before. Most of the time, people are selling relatively inexpensive items in small quantities. So, what happens when you sell tangible items to a foreign buyer via the Internet … Continue reading

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Who is the USPPI Anyway?



By: Sean Kline Determining who the USPPI is in an export transaction can be challenging at times. There are five different parties that can be the USPPI. Those parties include: U.S. Seller U.S. Manufacturer U.S. Order Party U.S. Customs Broker Foreign … Continue reading

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