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Company Description

Established in 1993, Global Contact is in the business of publishing an on-line and hard copy printed registry of thousands of companies seeking to sell their products and services both domestically and internationally. On an annual basis Global produces, updates and distributes three separate publications including the Directory of U.S. Companies, The Asian Register and the NAFTA Register to thousands of registered businesses covering all 50 states as well as Asia, Europe, South America, Canada and the Middle East.

In addition to direct customer distributing, the ability to offer our directory to U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world provides a core competitive advantage by providing our registered customers quality exposure in multiple foreign markets. Foreign companies seeking to import goods will utilize these resources to obtain an unbiased list of qualified companies in an effort to pursue potential alliances for the purpose of doing business within our country. By incorporating this practice over the past 18 years, Global has established itself as a proven resource in providing information on shipping companies, non-vessel operating common carriers, potential existing competitors and other areas critical to the formation of strategic alliances and on-going business relationships.

A valuable addition to the hard copy printed registries was recently added through the creation and enhancement of the on-line registry and company website. With the ability to instantaneously translate the computerized information into 52 different languages at the push of a button, our internet capabilities gather trade leads from various sources including the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Commerce and channels these leads via email directly to registered customers of Global Contact according to industry type. These internet listings provide each customer direct access to worldwide markets on a daily basis.

Business Model

In addition to the national market, Global utilizes its international exposure to pursue growing opportunities in importing and exporting markets. According to the annual U.S. Census Bureau statistics on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services for 2009 these markets present an opportunity to service an industry that generated an additional $1.3 Trillion in annual transaction volume.

Global seeks to expand business operations by gaining market share among various industries both nationally and abroad. Through the utilization of regional representatives, Global seeks to continue to expand importing operations in a continuing effort to fully realize additional opportunities in the foreign-to-foreign import/export markets and other non trade related foreign industries. In doing so, Global anticipates realizing the corporate potential of a nation who currently boasts a Gross Domestic Product in excess of fourteen trillion dollars.


Trade Exchange

Global has established and maintained a solid network of international trade affiliations in the importing and exporting arena. Through this network, Global has developed an opportunity to facilitate exclusive import rights with various overseas companies. This opportunity may be further expanded to present registered domestic customers the ability to obtain and distribute products exported from around the globe at wholesale discounts through the creation of a brokerage partnership with Global on a transactional basis.

Trade Leads

By cross-referencing each directory through product codes or company description, Global provides customers the resources to identify and locate potential business alliances quickly and easily. Customers utilize this information to generate sales leads tailored to a specific trade or service that is disseminated via email among registered members. Coupled with the ability to translate each directory into 52 different languages, the benefits offered through Global's website create an opportunity for market share expansion on a worldwide level.

Foreign Corporation Establishment

For the past eighteen years, Global has developed and grown its diverse client base solely through the quality and reputation of the Directory itself without the benefit of a national sales presence. Global has an extensive database of USA Importers, distributors & wholesalers nationally that can be tapped into to expand sales of products or services.

Global Contact now offers a service that will allow your company to develop and maintain ownership over clients in the United States. Through direct corporate representation, Global will:
  1. Incorporate your company under U.S.A. laws and act as your in house agent for all domestic (USA) transactions. Your company will own 100% of stock of corporation;
  2. Collect all funds in US Dollars and convert currency on your behalf or hold USA bank accounts in your U.S. Corporate structure;
  3. Manage the import & logistics process from start to finish including US Customs Clearance and all government agency registrations and compliance;
  4. Handle all USA tax matters;
  5. Maintain legal requirements to assure corporations products are in compliance with all US Laws and government agency requirements;
  6. Establish and maintain USA Corporate Web Presence;
  7. Proper Labeling requirements are met on products;
  8. Hiring and monitoring of Sales Representatives, by region or nationally;
  9. Warehouse & distribution services; sample & product delivery.
  10. U.S.A. Import US Customs, Compliance.


Expert Help When You Need It

Global Contact's trade and technical services team Licensed Customs Brokers, Attorneys, Tax Accountants, Import Specialists & Translators. This team includes experts in compliance to help you navigate the continually evolving scope of import. This team is available to consult on any trade services issue including:
  • C-TPAT
  • Web design
  • Translations & American
  • Culture adoption
  • Compliance procedures development
  • Harmonized tariff classifications
  • Trade program qualification
  • U.S. Customs Clearance
  • Vendor compliance management
  • Corporate Start-up in USA
  • Tax Advice & Annual Return Filing
  • USA Labeling Requirements
  • USA Government Agency Licensing
  • U.S. Sales Representation, Warranty & Agent Services
  • Logistics, Warehousing & Distribution
Classification and Reconciliation

Goods classification in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is an important part of the entry process. Determining the proper HTS number requires knowledge of the product, its composition, construction,use, and its value - you'll know all of that. Other essential knowledge includes historical customs rulings, court cases, outcomes, and previous CBP treatment - we know all of that.

We have experts who can classify any commodity and any number of products and we are regularly engaged to classify entire product lines for clients.

Should some important details of the product be unavailable at the initial time of classification then we can turn to reconciliation. GLOBAL CONTACT can handle both entry-by-entry flagging reconciliation and blanket reconciliation - we manage the entire process so you don't have to.

Incoterms (2010)
Listed are the Incoterms codes with brief definitions and descriptions of each term. Incoterms define the terms of international transactions, covering benefits and risks between buyers and sellers. Knowing these terms will assist you in making the right choice for your import and export transportation needs.

FDA Food Facility Registration Input System
GLOBAL CONTACT will help you register your food facility through our easy to use input system.

Chamber of Commerce:
Chamber of Commerce links referring to United States and International Commerce: International Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Business Information Providers/Publications:
Legal Resources:
National and international resources on trade law and international shipping.
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
Legal Information Institute

U.S. Government Agencies:
For questions or issues regarding your international cargo, import/export needs, or any domestic transportation matter, please visit the respective government agency below.
Bureau of Census
Bureau of Industry and Security
Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Wildlife and Fish Service
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Travel Warning
Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Communications Commission
Government Printing Office
Code of Federal Regulations Server
U.S. Coast Guard
Federal Maritime Commission
Library of Congress
Office of U.S. Trade Representative

World Airports:
For a complete list of global airport and airport codes, visit World Airport Codes for more information.

Sea Ports:
Visit for detailed information about global Sea Ports.

Industry Associations:
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)
American Association of Museums (AAM)
American Institute for Imported Steel (AIIS)
Animal Transportation Association
Association of Food Industries (AFI)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Chemical Customer Service Management Group (CCSMG)
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)
International Compliance Professional Association (ICPA)
International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters (ICEFAT)
International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA)
International Wood Products Association (IWPA)
Meat Importers Council of America (MICA)
National Coffee Association (NCA)
United States Association of Importers of Textile and Apparel (USA-ITA)
National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc (NCBFAA)
National Retail Federation (NRF)
Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Trade Support Network

Air & Ocean Transportation:
International customs departments and transport associations catering to the air and ocean transportation industry.
International Air Transport Association
HM Revenue & Customs
Britain Forestry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Australia Customs Service
New Zealand Customs Service
Hong Kong Customs Excise Department
General Administration of Customs of People's Republic of China
Singapore Customs
Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs
European Commission
UK's Only Export Directory
British International Freight Association
British Airways World Cargo
Global Publishing e-Marketplace

Import and Export:
We've listed important agencies and administration centers to assist you in your importing and exporting needs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Cargo Examinations
Quota Status Update
International Trade Administration
U.S. Export Assistance Center
Philadelphia U.S. Commercial Service
Foreign Division of Bureau of Census
U.S. Census Bureau - Foreign Trade
Foreign Country Requirements for Export (Trade Information Center)
Export Schedule B

Airfreight Partners:
British Airways
United Cargo
US Airways
Cathay Pacific Cargo
Fed Ex Cargo
American Airlines Cargo
Eva Cargo
Virgin Atlantic Cargo
Air Canada Cargo
UPS Cargo
Korean Air Cargo
Singapore Airlines Cargo
Asiana Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo
Polar Air Cargo
Air China Cargo
China Airlines Cargo


Links regarding international security laws and regulations, import and export trade rules, container security and more.
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
Automated commercial Environment (ACE)
Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS)
Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS)
Automated Manifest System (AMS)
Container Security Initiative (CSI)
Advance Manifest Rules for Cargo Information
Food Facility Registration from FDA
International Ship and Port Facility Security
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002
EU Legislation on Maritime Security


EXW - Ex Works (named place)
Seller: Goods are made available at their location, completing requirements of the transaction. They have minimum responsibility, risks, and obligations.
Buyer: Responsible for all charges with potential greater responsibility of risks for bringing goods to final destination.

FCA - Free Carrier (named place)
Seller: Goods are cleared for export and handed to first carrier appointed by the buyer at named place. Pays for carriage to named point of destination.
Buyer: Selects named location.

FAS - Free Alongside Ship (named loading port)
Seller: Places goods alongside ship at named port and clears goods for export.

FOB - Free On Board (named loading port)
Seller: Loads goods on board ship appointed by buyer and clears goods for export.
Buyer: Advises seller of ship and port where goods are to be loaded.

CFR - Cost and Freight (named destination port)
Seller: Pays costs and freight to bring goods to the port of destination.
Buyer: Bears risk of goods once goods have crossed ship's rail.

CIF - Cost, Insurance and Freight (named destination port)
Seller: Pays costs and freight to bring goods to the port of destination. Also procures and pays for insurance for buyer.
Buyer: Bears risk of goods once goods have crossed ship's rail.

CPT - Carriage Paid To (named place of destination)
Seller: Pays for carriage of freight to point of destination named by buyer. Risk transfers to buyer upon delivery of first carrier.
Buyer: Selects point of destination, bears risk when goods are handed to first carrier.

CIP - Carriage and Insurance Paid to (named place of destination)
Seller: Pays for carriage and insurance to named destination point. Risk transfers when goods are handed over buyer upon delivery of first carrier.
Buyer: Selects point of destination, bears risk when goods are handed to first carrier.

DDP - Delivered Duty Paid (named destination place)
Seller: Responsible for delivery, duty and transportation costs of goods to named destination/country.

DAP - Delivered at Place
Seller: Pays for carriage to named place with exception of import clearance costs, assumes all risks of goods prior to unloading of goods by buyer.
Buyer: Names destination, unloads goods from seller and assumes risks upon unloading.

DAT - Delivered at Terminal
Seller: Pays for carriage to terminal, except for import clearance costs, assumes all risks of goods prior to unloading of goods at terminal.

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