How to export Italian food products abroad
The trend of food exports has increased considerably in recent years and, given the particularly complex economic situation, more and more Italian companies are looking for new markets outside the European Union. But how to manage shipments with punctuality, safety and advantageous economic conditions?
High quality logistics is not only possible, but also fundamental to guarantee a competitive advantage to your business. We will discuss the topic in detail in this article.
Exports, exchanges and regulations
An export is a function of international trade whereby goods produced in one country are shipped to another country for future sale or trade. Exports are a crucial component of a country's economy, as the sale of such goods adds to the producing nation's gross output. The term export refers to the marketing of products to third countries, i.e. those countries that are not part of the European Union. The trade activities between EU member states, in fact, are called "exchanges" since they take place within the European Economic Area in which the rules and regulations which govern EU are different compared to non-EU countries.
In order to enter the territories of Third Countries, food products are required to meet general food safety requirements such as having been manufactured, prepared, stored, packaged and labelled under sanitary conditions through specific agreements and regulations that vary accordingly from one country to another and the product. These rules are constantly evolving because new markets are always being created for different types of products; in the same way, the recipient countries can impose health requirements to which the exporting countries must adapt from time to time.
Each importing country is very different from the other in terms of characteristics and traditions, therefore you must foresee not always homogeneous requirements. You are required to become familiar with all legislation that the food product may be subject to.
Under provisions of the U.S. law contained in the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, importers of food products intended for introduction into U.S. interstate commerce are responsible for ensuring that the products are safe, sanitary, and labeled according to U.S. requirements.
Customs: arrive prepared
Holding the products in customs warehouses results in a substantial loss of time and money for the importer per hour when the goods are in storage. If, then, the products are fresh or perishable, complications and difficulties increase.
As we have detailed in the article "Distribution logistics for the food & beverage sector", in fact, time, technology and a good partner are the three key factors to safely and soundly transport foodstuffs to their destination.
The importer is responsible for making sure these products comply with all U.S. requirements. Products which do not comply with U.S. requirements at the time of importation are subject to refusal of admission, so being prepared for customs entry means, once again, relying on a partner who has extensive knowledge of customs duties. The calculation of the duty, in fact, is the most complex thing since there are numerous categories and sub-categories of products to refer to.
In conclusion, exporting products from the food sector is a process that requires meticulous attention, especially with reference to fresh or perishable goods. We need to be knowledge concerning the export rules and regulations of the country where our goods will be destined, and the paperwork needed to deal and meet the various customs requirements with customs efficaciously.
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