You should already be aware that it is a Rule violation to export or import products or services offered through or by Amway outside of North America. But perhaps you’ve wondered why that Rule is in effect?
There are many reasons for this. Each country has its own product registration requirements, product formulas, and product label requirements that are specific or unique to that country. There are also trademark and trade name registrations to be considered for each country. Additionally, each country has its own import and export laws and other regulations that must be followed. And you know as an IBO, the Rules of Conduct require you to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and codes that apply to the operation of your Independent Business (Rule 4.14).
Because these laws are so important to the Corporation’s business and yours, Amway, with full support from the IBOAI®, adopted a rule prohibiting exporting and importing. Rule 4.18 of the Rules of Conduct specifically addresses exporting and importing.
IBOs are not permitted to export or import products or services offered through or by Amway to or from the United States or its possessions or territories or any other country, regardless of whether or not Amway or its affiliates have established operations or are doing business in that country. Similarly, IBOs shall not import or export products or services offered through or by Amway to or from Canada or the Dominican Republic. IBOs are also prohibited from selling to others who they have reason to believe will import or export.
If IBOs import or export or sell to others who they have reason to believe will import or export, they can place Amway and all IBOs in jeopardy, in both countries.
Simply put, product offered by Amway should not cross borders.
This Best Practices Message gives you a few highlights or reminders – but can’t cover everything you need to remember, so you may want to review Rule 4.18 for the full details of the prohibition against exporting and importing.