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Business Across Borders – Understanding International Trade

International trade is a complex process, but also an exciting business opportunity. DHL can help not only with global customs requirements and trade terminology but also with local import and export support and resources.

Learning the Language of Incoterms® Rules and Trade Terms

“Incoterms” is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce. Incoterms® rules and trade terms are recognized and accepted as the standard for international trading and are regularly updated as commercial conditions change.

Familiarity with Incoterms® rules will ensure you purchase goods from manufacturers abroad in accordance with applicable regulations, documentation and procedures.

Learning about Customs with DHL

DHL Express has been a global expert in international trade for well over 40 years and now processes several million customs entries every day. As one of the world's largest customs brokers, we use local expertise to understand diverse customs regulations.

That’s why, with DHL as a partner for your small business, its in-house experts are well positioned to help you navigate the complexities of customs compliance and all of the related terminology and guidelines. Understanding the processes and terminology involved will help you enter markets and build a long-term foundation for successful international trade.

What You Need to Know about Exporting

India is an export powerhouse in goods as well as services, which generate more than one third of the country’s total exports. Its leading export markets are United Arab Emirates, the United States, and China.

The most important thing to know about exporting is that no business is too small to develop a base of international customers. In fact, India’s Ministry of Finance reports that the small and medium enterprises sector generates 34% of India’s total exports. The following guides offer the information you need to join other business owners like you who are earning money in the global marketplace.

What You Need to Know about Importing

India’s 2010 import volume is estimated at $327 billion. Its major trading partners for imported merchandise are China, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Germany, and Singapore. The country’s two-decade-old move toward market-oriented economic reforms has included reductions in tariffs and other trade barriers, including quotas on more than 1,400 consumer imports.

Imports serve two important purposes. In addition to satisfying the global consumer’s appetite for goods not manufactured domestically, they provide domestic businesses with raw or partially finished materials needed to produce merchandise for re-export. Businesses of any size can take advantage of the revenue-generating potential that import activity offers. The following resources support your company’s participation in this profitable area of the global economy.