Some possible sources of
Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America. Although some of the
MJSA provides is available only to members, I know they do
have a wealth of material about exporting. Call member services at
1-800-444-6572 to learn what’s available, and whether membership is a
good option for you.
AJM Magazine – AJM ran special series on exporting to Japan in early
1995 (January, I think.). You should be able to order copies of the
article by requesting them on AJM’s web site at
http://www.ajm-magazine.com, or by that same call to MJSA’s member
service department. The magazine has also published a number of other
articles outlining the basics of exporting that you might find
Export Assistance Centers, supported by the U.S. Department of
Commerce. Odds are, if you need to know about exporting, these folks
can tell you --and most of the services are free or very low cost.
There are Export Assistance Centers scattered around the country: the
one at Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, has worked
extensively with the local jewelry industry, including a series they
co-sponsored with MJSA at one point. You can learn more about their
programs at http://www.rieac.org.
You may wish to consider using a customs broker for shipping. MJSA’s
web site should be able to refer you to a couple companies that work
extensively with the jewelry industry – just use the ReferralNet
search engine on their web site at http://mjsa.polygon.net.