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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

The most important thing to know about exporting is that no business is too small to develop a base of international customers. Nearly half of the Swiss economy’s corporate earnings are generated by exports. Most of those exports go to the EU, the country’s largest trading partner. By adapting its own legislation on key trade issues, Switzerland has achieved limited economic integration with the EU, which allows it to benefit from trade with that market. As more Swiss companies consider expanding to EU countries and beyond, it is more important than ever for you to have access to reliable exporting resources and information. This guide should help you build a solid base of information for doing business in the international arena.

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

In 2010, Switzerland imported 84.1 billion euros worth of goods, most of which were consumer goods, raw materials, equipment, and energy. While its primary trading partner is the EU, Switzerland is looking further afield and actively pursuing stronger economic relations with countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The country remains committed to maintaining a competitive market that is open to both importers and their business partners.

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.