In today's connected world, international trade is open to more enterprises than ever. That's great news for companies that want to expand their suppliers and markets, but it does open up the possibility that companies will inadvertently violate one or more international trade regulations. export compliance training helps keep these violations from happening. No matter what products or services your business sells, every employee involved with importing or exporting should be trained in relevant trade regulations and the procedures to follow to ensure that violations don't occur.

Documented Procedures Minimize Confusion

In addition to having a company policy addressing international trade, every company that imports or exports should have documented procedures so that everyone understands their responsibilities with regard to trade regulations. For example, shipments that leave the United States may require a license from the State Department, the Commerce Department, or the Department of the Treasury. An export checklist requiring relevant employees to determine export classification, whether an export license is required, and who is receiving the shipment minimizes the chances of a regulation being violated. But while an export checklist is a great start, it isn't enough. Employees must be kept apprised of changes in regulations, which occur often.

Options for Training

Baseline training for employees in international trade compliance emphasizes the importance of knowing regulations and knowing procedures to follow to avoid violations. However, trade regulations change frequently, and follow-up training is necessary so that key employees are aware of changes to regulations and changes to procedures that have to take place in response. Training by trade compliance consultants can take place on-site or even online, so that employee travel expenses are minimized and disruption to the production schedule is minimized. Follow-up training also helps employees understand just how important it is to follow all trade regulations and the consequences that result when that doesn't happen.

Keeping Employees Up to Date

Making sure that all employees who deal with importing or exporting are adequately trained in following trade regulations should be done with a comprehensive approach. For example, in addition to training sessions, relevant employees should have compliance manuals for reference, checklists to ensure no step is forgotten and clear procedures to follow if problems or questions arise. Trade compliance should be built into the supply chain, production, and shipping just like any other form of quality control. It should be second nature to all key employees.

Small Steps, Big Rewards

The rewards of complying with all trade regulations may not be obvious, but they are very real. Overseas suppliers and customers don't want to be involved with American companies with sloppy import and export procedures. Furthermore, violations can result in damage to your company's reputation, even if those violations were not deliberate. No matter how small or large a company is, if it does business internationally, it has to comply with trade regulations if it wants to survive in the global 21st-century marketplace. You ignore trade regulation training at your own considerable risk.

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We Are Compliant provides export compliance training. Companies should not over look international trade compliance and we are here to help.