All countries regulate international trade transactions covering activities such as imports, exports and financial transactions. For example, all inbound merchandise entering the commerce of a country must clear customs prior to being released and delivered to the recipient. At customs, merchandise is examined for compliance with regulations and assessed for the payment of duties and taxes, where applicable.
It’s important we all keep the following points in mind:
- Make sure a thorough check of all regulatory requirements has been performed before attempting to import and export merchandise. Regulatory requirements apply to both the merchandise and the documentation.
- Documentation must be complete and accurate, including description, prices and the parties to the transaction.
- Internal controls must be established to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, including any recordkeeping obligations.
As a Walmart associate, you must be familiar with the various trade rules and regulations that apply to your work, including not only the trade laws of your own country, but also the laws in all other countries that may affect your work at Walmart. For example, some governments may administer a variety of trade restrictions, such as embargoes and sanctions against a number of countries, including nationals of those countries. Transactions with certain designated individuals and organizations, such as terrorist organizations, narcotics traffickers and weapons proliferators, also are prohibited even though those individuals or organizations may not be associated with any particular country’s embargo. Always consult the Compliance Department prior to entering into international trade negotiations or transactions.