Exports and international markets

Delivery and documentation

Delivery and documentation

Resources to help with exporting fulfilment, including customs and tariff information.

Moving your goods and services

Once you’ve completed an export plan and understand the nature of trading with international markets, you need to establish processes for getting your goods or services to the people that want them. There are several areas to consider, from export licensing, customs declarations and tariffs to modes of transport and how to classify your products.

This phase of getting goods out to market, its associated processes and paperwork, can involve lots of exporting terminology. The Institute of Export (IOE)’s Key Exporting Terms is a useful, plain English, glossary of the most common terms.

Many Scottish exporters appoint expert support to help them organise some or all of their delivery arrangements and shipping, customs clearances, documentation and licensing. You may want to take on these processes yourself, in which case there are several useful webinars, training courses and supporting resources available.

This section provides links to specific advice from the UK Government, Scottish Government and support from third-party organisations if you need help in a particular area.

It addresses issues and considerations common across international markets. 

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Resources to help with delivery and documentation

Further training and support

In some areas of exporting, you or your staff may benefit from training or support from some of Scotland's dedicated business organisations. They provide a range of services, courses and materials to help you if you decide to deal with exporting and logistics processes within your business.

Find export support organisations

Global connections

We can connect you with specialists across the globe, whether you’re trying to understand a market or find the right person to talk to.

The GlobalScot Network is a free network which aims to connect organisations in Scotland with worldwide business who can offer one-to-one support, global market knowledge and vital contacts.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) have over 100 offices around the world.

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