Management of Product and Materials Movement
When preparing to ship a product overseas, the exporter needs to be aware of packing, labeling, documentation, and insurance requirements. Because the goods are being shipped by unknown carriers to distant customers, the new exporter must be sure to follow all shipping requirements to help ensure that the merchandise is:
- packed correctly so that it arrives in good condition
- labeled correctly to ensure that the goods are handled properly
- arrive on time and at the right place
- documented correctly to meet U.S. and foreign government requirements as well as proper collection standards
- insured against damage, loss, and pilferage and, in some cases, delay
Because of the variety of considerations involved in the physical export process, most exporters, both new and experienced, rely on an international freight forwarder to perform these services.