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      Retail exporting of food & beverages - any restrictions from importing countries?

      As a new member I would very much appreciate it if anyone of you could be so kind as to enlighten me on the following:

      I plan to set up my first e-shop dealing with traditional and exquisite Cypriot food, beverages (incl.alcoholic drinks) and delicacies.

      My plan is to buy wholesale from selected local producers / manufacturers and sell RETAIL to interested customers around the globe.

      My main concern, due to the nature of that line of products, is this: Are there any special issues / limitations / legal requirements that I should adhere to in order to be able to sell to as many countries as possible? What I'm especially concerned about is if it is customary for an importing country to impose limitations on food & bevarages, even on an individual, retail import... Is there anything that I should pay particular attention to, if aiming at a viable project? Please take into consideration that every single product will be labelled and conforming with the EU legislation regarding food & beverages.

      Please send me your valuable advice!

      Thank you.

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      Hi Alphabet,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

      When selling food and beverages to overseas countries you should make sure that the products you plan to sell are in compliance with the local food & beverage regulations and standards of the country you are exporting to. These regulations and standards range from the ingredients used to produce the product, to how it is packaged and labelled. Since your products have been produced in the EU, and thus comply with EU standards, you can freely import and export these products between European member countries. When, however, exporting them to an other country we recommend contact the country's embassy to get more information about the products you want to sell in their country. Here is a list of worldwide governmental sites you can use to find what you need:

      - Worldwide Governments on the WWW

      If you want to export your products to, for example the US, then your products need to comply with US standards. You can contact the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) to get specific information on the products you are interested in exporting.

      When wholesaling your products it is essentially the buyer of your products who needs to make sure that the products he is importing are in compliance with his countries regulations and standards for food & beverages. Of course you want to make sure that your products can be sold worldwide so that you can attract as many buyers as possible.

      Create a list of countries you are interested in selling to and start getting information or their regulations and standards. When you have actively started selling you can start expanding you horizons by exploring more countries to sell to.

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      Thank you very much for your valuable advice... Only one thing I didn't get clear. You said "When wholesaling your products it is essentially the buyer of your products who needs to make sure that the products he is importing are in compliance with his countries regulations and standards for food & beverages..." But when I am RETAILING my products to a foreign country, is it not still the buyer's responsibility to know is such product(s) could be imported into their own country? Once again, a very warm "thank you" for your assistance.

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      Hi Alphabet,

      Yes you are correct. As a retailer you wouldn't be liable, it's always the importer that is liable for importing goods into his own country.

      You should still read up on the regulations recommended earlier For example, you may want to warn buyers from certain countries about regulations specific to their country and therefore that they should not purchase a particular product from your site. Nowadays you can easily detect the provenience of a visitor to your website (using IP address detection scripts), and display content conditionally to the visitor's location.

      Hope this clarifies the earlier comments

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      Once again, thank you very much... You've been of so great help... God bless you!

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