If your small business is importing goods into the United States check out the US Customs and Broader Protection’s Reasonable Care Checklist to help meet your regulatory burden of ensuring reasonable care is exercised when importing merchandise. Also, your small business should look at US Customs and Boarder Protections’s Informed Compliance Publications, which detail a number of areas related to import of merchandise and discuss issues concerning specific goods. Some noteworthy Informed Compliance Publications are: Entry (describing getting your small business goods into the US); ABC’s of Prior Disclosure; Customs Value; and Recordkeeping. www.erskine-law.com
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) sets out Nine Principles for an Effective Compliance Program. Compliance with these principles may mitigate penalties levied against you as a small business exporter. Check out the the BIS web site that contains a publication entitled Don’t Let This Happen to You, which includes the nine principles (page 6) and a number of illustrations of non-compliance. There is also a short presentation concerning similar subject matter with a checklist tool that the BIS utilizes.
Looking for information on good practices to comply with EU regulations? Check out the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s website focusing specifically at these issues. The contains links to databases, topic, sectors, and more, which cover various areas relating to occupational health and safety.
Take a look at the Customs and Boarder Protection site, which contains a large amount of information concerning the importation process and policies affecting imports.
One site you might want to take a look at before exporting your goods from the US to a foreign nation is http://www.export.gov/
Explore the site and its information pertaining to Sales and Marketing, Logistics, and Trade Leads.
The site may prove useful in giving a small business owner a basic overview of the process of exporting goods abroad.
Also consider utilizing the U.S. Commercial Service to your company’s advantage. http://trade.gov/cs/