Export readiness checklist

Export readiness checklist

How do you know if you are ready to export?

As an exporter, it is important to make sure that you have all your ducks in a row before engaging in foreign trade. You have to make sure you adhere to local and international legislation. All your official documents must be in order. You also have to make sure that it is financially viable to export your product. Doing your homework beforehand will help you avoid any nasty surprises down the line.

This export readiness checklist will help get your business ready to export in no time:

  • Determine whether you will need to charge VAT.

  • Identify if any of your export goods are regulated and require a special permit. For assistance, contact 0861 0 TRADE (87233) or enquire online.

  • Decide on insurance cover. Your logistics company can advise you on this.

  • If you are arranging the shipping, obtain freight quote. You will need the following information to obtain a quote:

    • Size and weight of the shipment
    • Whether the goods need to be air-freighted or sea-freighted
    • Tariff code
    • Shipping terms
    • The suppliers contact details and collection address
    • Your contact and delivery address

Now you are ready to export!

For more resources to assist you in your export journey, visit our Calculators page. For advice and assistance with getting your business export ready, contact us on 0861 0 (TRADE), or fill out this form and we’ll contact you.