Foreign Import Regulations

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Almost all countries require documentation for imported products and have certain regulations that must be met to ensure safety, quality and conformity, and which often vary country-to-country. In many cases, U.S. exporters will face additional regulations, testing, labeling or licensing requirements for their products before they can sell to foreign markets. When developing a time frame for your export plan, be sure to take these potential factors into account. Foreign Import Regulations, the fourth of five videos in the Plan Your Market Entry set, provides a roadmap for addressing these issues.

After reviewing the video, take a look at the many available resources on foreign trade regulations, including the following:

  • View the Country Commercial Guides. Written by U.S. embassies abroad, the Guides provide market intelligence on more than 140 countries. Specific information on foreign import regulations can be found in the Trade Regulations, Customs & Standards chapter of each Country Commercial Guide and verified through your local Commercial Service office.
  • Large U.S. freight forwarding companies (and their websites) may be able to provide information on the documents you need for specific countries.