Prepareing Goods for Delivery

To move the goods overseas, you'll need to pack, label, document, insure, and ship them.

Some of this preparation is to protect the goods from damage, theft, or delay in transit.
Some actions are legally required, either by the exporting or importing country. 

Packing for Export

Exported goods face greater physical risks on route than domestic shipments. They're more vulnerable to breakage, theft, and damage. At some ports, goods may be loaded or unloaded in a net or by a sling, conveyor, chute, or other method, putting added strain on the package. Goods might be stacked on top of each other or bump against other goods.

Overseas, the cargo might be dragged, pushed, rolled, or dropped. Moisture is also a danger. The cargo also might be unloaded in the rain. Some foreign ports do not have covered storage facilities. Goods can also be stolen when inadequately protected.

If you're not equipped to pack the goods yourself, use a professional packing firm. This service is usually provided at a moderate cost.

To avoid problems:

  • To deter theft, shrink wrapping where possible and don't list the contents or show brand names on the outside of the packages.
  • For sea shipments, containerize your cargo whenever possible. Containers vary in size, material, and construction and are best suited for standard package sizes and shapes.
  • For air shipments, you can use lighter weight packing, but you must still take precautions. Standard domestic packing should suffice, especially if the product is durable.

Export Marking and Labeling

Export packages need to be properly marked and labeled to meet shipping regulations, ensure proper handling, conceal the identity of the contents, and help receivers identify shipments. The buyer usually specifies export marks that should appear on the cargo, such as:

  • Shipper's mark
  • Country of origin
  • Weight marking (in pounds and in kilograms)
  • Number of packages and size of cases (in inches and centimeters)
  • Handling marks (international pictorial symbols)
  • Cautionary markings, such as "This Side Up."
  • Port of entry
  • Labels for hazardous materials

Mark containers clearly to prevent misunderstandings and delays in shipping. Letters are generally stenciled onto packages in waterproof ink. Markings should appear on three faces of the package, preferably on the top and the other two sides.

Comply with Trade Requirements

When exporting from India, there are certain things you must do. Basically, for exporting any goods, you require to get the goods approved by certain “Customs Authorities”.

There are a number of documents required. There are also many incentives that the government gives for export of certain goods. To completely understand all the requirements, legal formalities and procedures you must read "Procedures For Exports In India"  

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Table Of Contents

  1. Is exporting for you?
  2.    >> What is exporting?
  3.    >> Myths about exporting!
  4.    >> What is the possibility of success?  
  5.    >> Do you have the money to export?
  6.    >> Can you handle the "risks" of exporting?
  7. Developing an "export marketing plan"!
  8.    >> Market Research
  9.    >> Export Market Entry Strategies
  10. The process of Exporting
  11.    >> Finding over-seas "buyers" and "distributors"
  12.    >> Responding to inquires
  13.    >> Preparing goods for delivery
  14.    >> Getting Paid!