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Chapter 21. Legal Issues > International Law

International Law

Any business planning to buy or sell its wares internationally must comply with all international import/export laws. Not only do individual countries each possess a distinct set of laws governing its particular commerce, but the United States regulates certain types of goods and services that companies may wish to export to these other countries. Given the esoteric nature of international business law, it is essential for a business desiring to reach out to other countries to consult an expert in the field.

It may be said that it is easier to run afoul of international commercial law in a cyberspace setting than it is to violate the same laws through traditional means of trade, given the ease with which information is communicated. The established infrastructure of international trade governance at present is not equipped to regulate Internet commerce. Import/export issues have traditionally been identified by third parties that facilitate and broker international commerce. Shipping companies and customs agencies process such transactions through a well-established system that has evolved over the years to guard against potential violations.


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