In international trade, the question of who does what is often answered with a solid “not me.” But a “not me” answer can lead to added costs or stranded shipments. It’s important to know who is responsible for which parts of the shipping process before hiring a freight forwarder.
US businesses that actively source raw materials, components, or finished goods from other countries must understand—and adhere to—the trade regulations for every country involved in their supply chain. Failure to do so can lead to fines and severe penalties.
When companies don’t comply with trade regulations, they face fines, penalties, and potentially late delivery of their goods.
An FDA ruling put in place in 2017 seeks to ensure that all countries meet minimum food safety requirements to prevent foodborne illness.