There is a global tide of protectionism that is revolving around the topic of crossing borders.
Each country has a large body of legal documentation, as well as agents enforcing regulations.
It is important to follow these rules for many reasons: preventing terrorism, ensuring consumer safety, balancing trade, and generating revenue.
To ensure goods are moved legally without complications, international trade is subject to numerous controls and regulations.
Nevertheless, goods of all kinds sometimes don’t get past checkpoints for several reasons, causing massive delays and ripples across supply chains – impacting the bottom lines of businesses.
The importance of proper product testing and documentation in global exports and imports is often underestimated by many.
As part of customs clearance, there are multiple government agencies involved – including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Fish and Wildlife.
It is possible to have incorrect or incomplete documentation if testing and certification are not performed before goods are packed for shipment. Before the goods reach the consumer, this becomes a show stopper for global shippers.
There are stringent rules when it comes to product testing and compliance when products cross borders, whether they are tomatoes, wine, plastic toy soldiers, or nail clippers.
It is often the government that stops shady goods from slipping through the cracks without being properly tested.
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