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Export Guide

IC-DISC

March 16, 2022

What is an IC-DISC? The Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) is a tax saving vehicle for U.S. exporters. Eligible U.S. companies can recoup or exceed their tax savings on exported product (and in some cases services) revenue by creating an IC-DISC.

Qualified exporters can receive a permanent tax savings of 20 percent or more on Federal income tax from export profits by utilizing an IC-DISC.

If you are unsure if your company is eligible to set up an IC-DISC to take advantage of tax savings, ask the following questions:

  1. Do you have any transactions outside of the U.S.?
  2. Do you use overseas distribution?
  3. Does your product cross any borders?
  4. Are you generating operating income?

If the answer to any of these is yes, an IC-DISC may be a valuable tax savings option for your business.

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Visa Requirements and Work Permits

March 16, 2022

When traveling to a foreign country, you may be required to obtain a business visa or travel visa. Visa requirements vary depending on the purpose of your trip, such as tourism, business, or employment, and the country you will be visiting.

Work permit requirements also vary by country and trip purpose. It is often the responsibility of the employer, not the employee, to apply for a work permit. Permits are usually issued for a specific worker and a specific job.

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Foreign Exchange and Currency

March 16, 2022

One risk of foreign trade is the uncertainty of future exchange rates. The value of the currencies can change quickly, sometimes between the time a deal is concluded and when payment is received. If an exporter is not properly protected and knowledgeable, a devaluation or depreciation of one of the currencies could cause the exporter to lose money.

Exporters who choose to trade in foreign currencies can minimize foreign exchange exposure by using risk management techniques, such as spot exchange rates, forward hedges, options, etc.

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International Standards Overview

March 16, 2022

When exports market their products overseas, the products they want to export need to meet foreign product standards. Standards provide consistency for characteristics, guidelines, and specifications for products, services, and processes. The use of standards helps to make the industry more efficient and effective, and helps to break down barriers to international trade.

International standards organizations, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are examples of standards development bodies that develop guidelines and specifications for products, services, and processes.

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Foreign Trade Barriers

March 16, 2022

A trade barrier is a government-imposed restriction on the international exchange of goods or services. Barriers to trade are often called “protection” because their stated purpose is to shield or advance particular industries or segments of an economy.

When a country feels another country is “dumping” products into their market unfairly, it can impost import duties/tariffs to offset the discount and protect its domestic suppliers.

Categories of trade barriers:

  • Import policies
  • Government procurement policies
  • Export subsidies
  • Lack of intellectual property protection
  • Services barriers
  • Investment barriers
  • Government-tolerated anti-competitive conduct of state-owned or private firms
  • Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce
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International Marketing

March 16, 2022

The Seven ‘Ps’ of International Marketing:

  • Product: the packaging design, branding, trademarks, warranties, guarantees, and life cycles of a product or service
  • Price: setting profitable and justifiable prices
  • Place: the physical distribution of goods
  • Promotion: personal selling, advertising, and sales promotion
  • Portability: how easily a product or service travels
  • Politics: regulations, logistics, or local practices that may impact or prevent sales in a foreign market
  • People: the amount of disposable income and interest in your product or service