Posts Tagged ‘hazardous goods’

The essentials of exports

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Forrest Paint Company is locally owned and operated in Eugene,Oregon. Since our inception in 1973, all of our manufacturing has taken place here. What some of you may not know is that we also have warehouses across the United States and Canada with product and application experts available in Australia, New Zealand, France, China, and the United Kingdom.  Forrest Paint was even honored to receive the Oregon Exporter of the Year Award in 2005, and the Export Achievement Certificate from the Unites States Department of Commerce in 2011.

I am very privileged to take part in our International Business. Our Export Manager and I work with freight forwarders to obtain the best freight rates and provide all the documentation necessary for Customs clearance. It is truly amazing the differences in export logistics verses domestic logistics. Not only are international shipments subjected to more U.S. regulations, they are also subjected to the regulations of whatever country you are shipping to. Knowing their regulations is imperative in achieving smooth shipments.

With a domestic shipment, about the only thing that can hold up a shipment is weather. With international shipments, one wrong word on a document can cause weeks of delay in Customs, as well as, possible fines. So, being a manufacturer of hazardous goods, knowing where our products are accepted (or not) and what the proper product shipping names are plays a huge role. The good thing is that there is an abundance of freight forwarders that can help with questions, as well as, many different training options. IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) training programs can now be purchased to receive all online certifications.

by Brenda Williams