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Glossary of terms used in exporting

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The terminology of international trade

In the world of exports and international trade, there are a large number of terms that you need to be aware of. These terms are used in international marketing, in international finance, in international documentation, in international payments, in international logistics, in international law, in international economics, and in exporting in general. Some of the terms are extremely technical and their misinterpretation can have dire consequences on your success in exporting. It is for this reason that you should ensure that you understand exactly what is meant by these various terms.

List of glossaries and trade terms

To this end, ExportHelp is in the process of developing a database of export terms that you can use. In the meantime, we have provided you with a list of international trade glossaries that you can turn to for clarity's sake. We provide a link to each of these glossaries and also provide a description of each these lists of terms.

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Please note that these glossaries are for general guidance only and are not intended as a substitute for appropriate investment and legal advice. If you are dealing with export contracts, get expert help! We provide a list of lawyers that specialise in international trade matters. Take the effort to visit one of these lawyers and get their advice - it could cost you dearly otherwise.

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