If you’re looking to export your goods from the US, you will need to meet a number of legal requirements before you can begin exporting. Of course, we know compliance can be as annoying as your last boss. That’s why we want to make life easier for you. Here is a closer look at general export compliance and how you can begin exporting goods from the US:
If you plan on exporting goods from the US, the first thing you need is a registered company. You need to register your company if you plan to have even a small chance of exporting your goods. You need to clearly state what items you produce, their dimensions, and their intended and/or possible uses.
You Need 1 of 2 Export Licenses
Whether you have a small or large business, you need an exporting license if you want to export pretty much anything off US soil. In general, you will need 1 of 2 exporting licenses. You either need a General Exporting License or an Individually Validated Export License. However, at times, you can acquire exceptions in particular cases.
As the name suggests, a General Exporting License grants you the power to export wide variety regular, everyday “Average Joe” products from the US. An Individually Validated Export License is provided only to particular exporters and only to allow them to export a specific product, to a specific country, for a specific end-use and end-user. However, this type of license allows you to only export the product for a limited period of time.
Unlike the General Exporting License granted by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), an Individually Validated Export License is granted by the Department of Commerce. If you plan to export munitions, your Individually Validated Export License will only be granted after you complete the application and then acquire a license from the Department of State.
You Need To Comply With “Anti” Requirements
Whether it’s exporting goods, drones or even arms and munitions, you need to comply with the primary 3 “anti” requirements if you want to export anything.
The anti-boycott requirement states that if any foreign country, other than those friendly with the US, places a boycott on a country, you are required to ignore the boycott and continue to trade as always. In no way can you support the boycott through your trade.
Regardless of where you’re exporting to, you need a “destination control statement” before you are allowed to export. This document simply states that your goods will arrive at the specified destination and won’t be diverted elsewhere. However, you are exempt if you have a General Exporting License or are exporting to Canada for products consumed within Canada.
This law is set in place to ensure you are exporting in order to foster competition and ensure that you provide clients goods and services at the right price and only export what is legally exportable.
While it’s incredibly profitable, exporting from the US can be a rather costly and legally dangerous affair if you don’t know what you’re doing. Sure, it may not be a problem now but what if you export to China and your products end up in North Korea? Good luck cleaning that mess up!
The simple solution? Let us handle the exporting for you. We’ll cover your international bases while you cover the domestic ones. Trust us on this one guys. Letting us handle your exports is a lot easier than explaining why your shipment accidently arrived in North Korea.