Comply with U.S. and Foreign Regulations

U.S. and Foreign Regulations and Standards

U.S. and Foreign Regulations and Standards

U.S. and Foreign Regulations and Standards


Successful exporters must comply with both U.S. regulations and foreign import requirements. When shipping to U.S. free trade agreement partners, you may qualify for reduced or zero tariff rates. Understand compliance issues and access useful tools to protect your business. 

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Export Regulations


There are various U.S. Export Regulations that cover whether or not you can export your product (export licenses) and if you can sell to a potential customer.

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Foreign Import Regulations


Learn about the different types of import requirements you may encounter. These include various Customs requirements, product regulations, privacy laws, and tariff assessments.

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Free Trade Agreements


There are also considerations when shipping to U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) countries. You can be more competitive since a major benefit of FTAs is duty-free access to select markets.

Tools to Comply with U.S. Export Regulations

U.S. Export Controls
The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) govern the export and re-export of some products, software and technology.
Consolidated Screening List
Check the CSL that identifies parties for which the U.S. Government maintains restrictions on certain exports, reexports or transfers of items.
Automated Export System
Federal law requires exporters to use the AES to report shipments valued at $2,500+ or if it requires an export license.
Obtaining an Export License
Learn when you need an Export License and from which agency in order to export your product.
Other Legal Requirements
Sometimes there are special cases with other legal obligations to consider.

Tools to Comply with Foreign Regulations and Standards

These are commonly used tools to navigate foreign country import requirements.
Custom Requirements and Documentation
The requirements needed to export can vary country by country. Use Country Commercial Guides to learn about specific markets of interest and avoid issues.
Product Standards
Standards and regulations in overseas markets can protect the health and safety of consumers or be barriers to trade. Region-wide standards include the EU CE mark and China CCC mark.
Tariffs and Free Trade Agreements
Taxes levied by foreign governments on your product can vary by country, and may be eliminated through free trade agreements with the U.S.
Discriminatory Barriers
When particularly burdensome or discriminatory barriers are imposed by a foreign government, a U.S. company may be able to obtain help from the U.S. Government.
European Union Privacy/Data Laws
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets the rules for the protection of personal data and for the movement of data in the EU.
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