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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

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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

Please note: Russian Customs laws, export and import regulations and procedures are subject to change. DHL updates site content on a regular basis and will work to ensure that information and links are as up-to-date as possible. DHL recommends that both novice and experienced exporters and importers check the news or announcements sections of relevant sites as they prepare applications, declarations, and other transactions to ensure that they are following correct and current procedures.

The most important thing to know about exporting is that no business is too small to develop a base of international customers. Although Russia’s exports dropped during the financial crisis, they returned to growth during 2010. The country’s primary export commodities include petroleum and petroleum-based products, natural gas, wood, wood products, metals, chemicals, and defense equipment. Russia’s most important export markets are the member states of the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent states as well as China and Japan. The following guides offer the information you need to join other business owners like you who are earning money in the global marketplace.

Exports play a key role in every country’s strategy for sustainable economic stability and growth. Businesses of any size can take advantage of the revenue generating potential that export activity offers. The following resources support your company’s participation in this profitable area of the global economy.



What You Need to Know about Importing

Please note: Russian Customs laws, export and import regulations and procedures are subject to change. DHL updates site content on a regular basis and will work to ensure that information and links are as up-to-date as possible. DHL recommends that both novice and experienced exporters and importers check the news or announcements sections of relevant sites as they prepare applications, declarations, and other transactions to ensure that they are following correct and current procedures.

There has been a considerable increase in Russia’s imports since 2010, and demand for imported goods may create growth opportunities for your business. Russia’s primary import commodities include vehicles, industrial machinery, plastics, medicines, chemicals, iron and steel, consumer goods, and foodstuffs. The primary sources of its imported goods are the member states of the European Union and Commonwealth of Independent States as well as Japan, China, and the United States.

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.