Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trade Sanctions and International Mail

Tags: international trade, trade sanctions, trade restrictions, international destinations, international mail

Countries have trade sanctions, from prohibitions on exporting or importing particular goods to complete bans on doing business with certain countries, companies, or individuals.  It’s not just high tech goods or weapons that are affected.  Some restrictions affect any business dealings.  Even though WorldVu LLC is a publisher, shipping books – nothing dangerous, no technological matter – worldwide, we must follow the U.S. restrictions and not do business with countries, companies or individuals as required by the U.S. government.

Why spend the time and effort to mail when any order must be rejected?  Check before you mail and before you ship products to avoid problems.  It’s not difficult, since many countries have this information online.  Search trade sanctions or trade restrictions (or their local language equivalent) along with the country name.  Look for a government or other official web site.

Here are the sites for businesses in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (Click on the Resources tab for specific sanctions programs and other information.)

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Be sure to check out the related links at the bottom of the page.)

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