One of the more challenging aspects for any company is trying to understand the import/export requirements from a government. And that is not just about harmonized tariff codes or expert control numbers; it is also about Federal FCC and FDA restrictions on goods.
One of the best examples of this is when tablets first came out a few years ago. When this happened, not every country allowed the tablets to come in. There is a very popular story about how people bringing in the newest tablets to Israel had them confiscated.
Why? Because the company had failed to register the wireless chip in the tablet with the government. So, for several months until the issue was resolved, anybody who tried to bring a tablet into the country was stopped and had it confiscated at the border. Needless to say, Israel was not taking shipments into the country either.
The lesson to take away here is that global trade compliance is very challenging and is getting more complex everyday. It is also difficult to keep track of the constant changes to the rules and variances in protocols from country to country. The iTRAC Global system helps you by tracking each country that you might be doing business is and storing that data for you.
Avoiding law enforcement and penalties from the various governmental bodies involved is not a simple task, as the rules for import and export are multifaceted and perpetually evolving. If you have any questions or need help with import or export compliance, please feel free to contact us.