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CHAPTER: Accessing Foreign Markets
1. What foreign trade barriers might affect my access to particular markets?
  ANSWER: Exports are subject to customs duties and taxes in the importing countries. The applicable amounts are published, but if high enough could price your products out of the market. Also, each country has its own policies, laws, regulations and business practices that may or may not be import friendly. These can include import quotas and other quantitative restrictions, licensing and exchange controls, tough health and technical standards, lax treatment of intellectual property rights, and the like. They affect what you're allowed to or should do to protect yourself in the market. It's best to research potential problems in each country and seek counsel from an international law firms if needed.

Trade regulations by country and product are available from several sources in the CITD Trade Information Database, including:

The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) chapters on “Trade Regulations and Standards” and “Investment Climate” examine each country’s trade regulations and investment practices.

FAS Foreign Import Regulations and Standards provide country-specific requirement for agricultural imports.

Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices are annual surveys of trade barriers by country.

Market Access Database can be searched by country, industry or barrier type to find barriers that apply to specific products in specific countries.

International Legal Resources provides links to web sites that specialize in international trade laws and regulations by topic and country.

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