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Export Procedure

What do you need to be able to export your product or services? Below is a list of items which are required by you – the exporter- to allow your business to expand throughout the foreign markets.
•    Business Registration
•    Tax Identification Number
•    Identify Market
•    Identify Source of Products
•    Identify medium of transport (air/sea)
•    Identify a Broker
•    Export!

Procedures for Exportation of Forest Produce

The Forest Products Development & Marketing Council of Guyana Inc. (FPDMC) wishes to state that the information provided below is the general guide pertaining to the exportation of wood and wood products.

  • Lumber must be purchased from licenced Concessionaires, Sawmillers or Timber Dealers and copies of the prerequisite source documents such as removal permits, removal declarations, trans-shipment permits, receipts etc must be collected.
  • Lumber must be displayed in such a manner so as to facilitate grading by a licenced Timber Grader, who will grade the produce based on the Guyana Grading Rules for Forest Products and the specifications outlined in the buyer seller contract.
  • The grader will mark all lumber that meets the requirements of the contract by stamping it with his/her unique identification hammer number. The lumber will be sorted by grade and stacked accordingly.
  • The seller would then apply to have the lumber inspected by a timber inspector from the Guyana Forestry Commission; who will inspect the work of the grader using the Guyana Grading Rules for Forest Products and the buyer-seller contract specifications. The inspector will then stamp his/her unique identification number into the lumber inspected and approved for the corresponding grade.
  • The timber marketing certificate will then be stamped by the timber inspector and the corresponding documents such at the Commercial Invoice, the customs declaration form (C-72), the application for export of forest produce, certificate of origin etc. will be presented to the Guyana Forestry Commission Quality Control Section to be processed.
  • Upon processing of the documents a 2% commission (based on value stated on the commercial invoice) is to be paid to the cashier.
  • The documents can then be taken for processing at Customs Office after which the produce would be inspected by a customs officer and the container sealed (if it is an enclosed container).
  • The container would be taken to the intended wharf to await loading while the documents would be taken to the relevant Shipping Agency for processing to facilitate loading.

10 Steps to Exporting

Any business can export products or services but the process can be complex and challenging and success is far from guaranteed. Yet, when it is approached with careful deliberation, exporting can be a rewarding growth strategy for any business. Whether you are a sole trade offering consulting services or manage a 500-person manufacturing facility, exporting offers you opportunities for growth, increased sales and diversified markets. But a marketable product or service is only the beginning. Exporting takes time and effort. It also takes resources and a strong commitment to compete beyond your current borders. If you are focused and committed you must first assess your readiness to enter the global marketplace. Follow this 10 Steps guide to help to achieve success in exporting:

Step 1: Assess Your Export Readinessget-ready

The first step is perhaps the most important: assessing your readiness to export. There are certain characteristics that are common, but not necessarily essential to being an export-ready and successful exporter.

Step 2: Create an Export Plan

The creation of a carefully researched plan is widely considered to be the secret to success in exporting. Your plan should be your source of direction as you embark on your journey into foreign markets helping you to act rather than react to the challenges and risks encountered in international business. Additionally your plan can help you to obtain financial assistance, investors or other strategic partners that may be required to make your export venture a success.

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