Foreign Import Regulations | Export.Gov Exporting Basics Video Episode 7

[ Music ] >> As a U.S. exporter, you
have to comply with U.S. laws that regulate exports of certain
products to certain places, and to certain people. But, did you know that other
countries have regulations on imports, as well? These foreign import regulations
are in place to ensure safety, quality, and conformity
with environmental, energy efficiency, or other
regulations or standards of the importing country. The regulations may require
registration, testing, labeling, or licensing prior to the foreign customs
officer releasing your shipment to the buyer. As an example, you may
have noticed a CE marking, or a CCC marking on
products you use at home. These marks designate conformity to European Union
or China standards. If you plan to sell into
the European Union or China, your product might also need
to obtain this certification. In fact, most countries have
some sort of import regulations. Products related to agriculture
and food, health and beauty, medical, chemicals, electrical
or electronics, machinery and toys frequently
face import regulations. Please note that the packaging
you choose may also have to meet certain standards,
or need required markings. And all countries have required
documentation that will need to accompany your
product through customs. If you have a foreign
partner or distributor, they are usually an excellent
source of information on regulations and documentation
required for your product. Another source of information about import regulations
is You'll find detailed information
and links to resources on all aspects of trade. Sometimes, you think you've
done all your homework, but are surprised at the foreign
point of entry with a regulation or document request
you were unaware of. Or, you may encounter an
overzealous foreign official. For help, put in a call to
your local U.S. Commercial Service office. As representatives of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, they are uniquely
positioned to advise you on import regulations,
and may be able to assist with misunderstandings
at the border. In summary, when researching
the best foreign markets, and developing an export
plan for your products, make sure you understand each
market's import regulations and required documentation
that your product might face. Add to your export plan any
additional cost and time to meet these requirements, to consider when selecting
an overseas market. For more information
on the export process, you can watch another video in the exporting basics
video series, register online at to receive
valuable export information, and explore our export guides
and trade events calendar on the website. [ Music ]

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