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Every day almost 1 billion tons of goods are sent abroad to destinations from Argentina to Zimbabwe. But almost as numerous as the locations and goods themselves are the sometimes obscure international shipping and customs rules exhibitors face. You'll see what we mean in this month's quiz when you match the clues to the answers to see if you really know your ship.

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1. Promotional items in China attract high import fees because they are considered ______, which means they have commercial and/or resale purposes.
a. Consumption Entries
b. Foreign Commodities
c. Taxable Gifts

 
2. Any food items containing animal by-products, such as milk or meat products, from countries with livestock diseases exotic to the United States require a _____ before they can enter the country.
a. Hoofstock Clearance
b. Livestock Stamp
c. Veterinary Certificate

 
3. Customs agents in more than 200 countries use a set of six-digit number codes called the _____ for identifying products that are being imported.
a. Generalized Identification and Categorization System
b. Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System
c. High School Locker Combination

 
4. The _____ is an international customs document that allows you to temporarily import certain items into a country without having to pay duties or value-added taxes on those items.
a. ATA Carnet
b. Import Certificate
c. International Rider

 
5. _____ has different customs-import zones, with fees sometimes varying from zone to zone.
a. China
b. India
c. Russia

 
6. Bringing back any kind of food, even chocolates, into the United States after an international show requires Federal Drug Administration and United States Department of Agriculture clearance, and what's known as a _____ to U.S. Customs.
a. Consumables Clearance Form
b. Document of Edible Origins
c. Pre-Arrival Notice

 
7. When shipping any items that use _____, remember that during transit they must be installed in the equipment they operate.
a. Lithium-Cell Batteries
b. Proprietary Software
c. SIM Cards

8. Nothing wooden that is shipped to Brazil – e.g., packages, pallets, and cases – will be allowed in unless one obtains a _____.
a. Document of Entomological Approval
b. Lumber Fumigation Certificate
c. Phytosanitary Treatment Stamp

9. Truck traffic in _____countries is mostly banned on Sundays and often on Saturdays, meaning your shipments might need to arrive several days earlier for trade shows that start on a Monday.
a. Baltic
b. European Union
c. NATO

10. Cleaning products that are packed in aerosol cans or contain alcohol along with some types of oil are considered flammable and must often travel as _____ with many airlines.
a. Dangerous Goods
b. Secured Stowage
c. Specialty Freight

11. Passed originally in 1900, the _____ requires anyone shipping wooden items – even pencils – into the United States from a show abroad must fill out a form describing the type of wood and then pay an additional fee.
a. Gramercy Act
b. Lacey Act
c. Woodchuck Act

12. Australia will toss you on the "barbie" if you try to bring in _____ light bulbs that could stymie its efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
a. Halogen
b. Incandescent
c. Neon

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