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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. The opportunities for growth through export are significant: Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade reports that the country’s domestic exports grew by 35% in 2009. 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.
Export information source from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Customs and ExciseExternal Link / New Window

What You Need to Know about Importing

Indonesia now has political and macro-economic stability, prompting international investors to look at a country that has significant growth potential: a large domestic market, youthful and cheap workforce, abundant natural resources and strategic location in fast-growing region. Those potentials is a great opportunity for import business. Indonesia is endowed with generous natural resources, including crude oil, natural gas, tin, copper, and gold. Its key imports include machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, and foodstuffs. Indonesia has been a hot destination for foreign investors in the past three years due to its resilient economic growth.

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.
Import information source from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Customs and ExciseExternal Link / New Window