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Equipped with the latest technology, the finest team of estimators, and a reliable
staff of account managers, 84 International Division was created to service builders
and developers around the globe.
A typical transaction
So where do you get started? The easiest way is to start with a phone call to one
of our international account managers at
send us an e-mail.
At this point be prepared to give us an accurate description about the materials
you'll need, including the approximate quantities, and the port of destination for
your product. You will receive a material quote which will include delivery per
your instructions. Most often the quote will include the following Incoterms.
CIF - Cost, Insurance, Freight (named port of destination) Seller must pay the costs
and freight to bring the goods to the port of destination. The seller must procure
and pay for the insurance. Maritime transport only.
EXW - Ex Works
The seller makes the goods available at its premises. This term places the maximum
obligation on the buyer and minimum obligations on the seller.
FAS - Free Alongside Ship (named port of shipment) The seller must place the goods
alongside the ship at the named port. The seller must clear the goods for export.
This term is typically used for heavy-lift or bulk cargo.
FOB - Free On Board
The seller must load themselves the goods on board the vessel nominated by the buyer.
Cost and risk are divided when the goods are actually on board of the vessel. The
seller must clear the goods for export.
Here is a brief overview of some of the forms you're likely to run across during
a typical export transaction.
Air freight shipments require Airway bills, which can never be made in negotiable
form Airway bills are shipper-specific.
Bill of Lading
A contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier (as with domestic
shipments). For vessels, there are two types: a straight bill of lading, which is
non-negotiable, and a negotiable or shipper's order bill of lading. The latter can
be bought, sold, or traded while the goods are in transit. The customer usually
needs an original as proof of ownership to take possession of the goods.
Certificate of Origin
The Certificate of Origin (CO) is required by some countries for all or only certain
products. In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead will
suffice. The exporter should verify whether a CO is required with the buyer and/or
an experienced shipper/freight forwarder or the Trade Information center.
A bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. These invoices are often
used by governments to determine the true value of goods when assessing customs
duties. Governments that use the commercial invoice to control imports will often
specify its form, content, number of copies, language to be used, and other characteristics.
Export Packing List
Considerably more detailed and informative than a standard domestic packing
list, it lists seller, buyer, shipper, invoice number, date of shipment, mode of
transport, carrier, and itemizes quantity, description, the type of package, such
as a box, crate, drum, or carton, the quantity of packages, total net and gross
weight (in kilograms), package marks, and dimensions, if appropriate. Both commercial
stationers and freight forwarders carry packing list forms. A packing list may serve
as conforming document. It is not a substitute for a commercial invoice.
Electronic Export Information (Shippers Export Declaration)
The EEI is the most common of all export documents. Required for shipments
above $2,500* and for shipments of any value requiring an export license. SED has
to be electronically filed via AES Direct (free service from Census and Customs)
Automated Export System (AES)
Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Free Trade Agreements
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Schedule B Export Numbers
Shippers' Export Declaration
Trade Rules and Regulations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Incoterms are 13 standardized definitions of commonly used shipping and trade terms
that cover control of goods and financial responsibilities such as payment of cargo
insurance and freight. Incoterms provide traders with a common set of rules outlining
each party’s obligations, thus reducing misunderstandings.
Here is a brief description of incoterms:
EXW: EX Works
Main carriage not
paid by seller
FCA: Free Carrier
FAS: Free Alongside
Ship FOB: Free On Board
Main carriage paid
CFR: Cost and Freight
CIF: Cost, Insurance and Freight
CPT: Carriage Paid To
CIP: Carriage and Insurance Paid to
DAF: Delivered At Frontier
DES: Delivered Ex Ship
DEQ: Delivered Ex Quay
DDU: Delivered Duty Unpaid
DDP: Delivered Duty Paid
View Incoterms Responsiblity Chart