When shipping a product overseas, the exporter must be aware of packing, labeling, documentation, and insurance requirements. It is important that exporters ensure that the merchandise is:
- Packed correctly so that it arrives in good condition;
- Labeled correctly to ensure that the goods are handled properly and arrive on time at the right place;
- Documented correctly to meet U.S. and foreign government requirements, as well as proper collection standards; and
- Insured against damage, loss, pilferage and delay.
Most exporters rely on an international freight forwarder to perform these services because of the multitude of considerations involved in physically exporting goods.