Updated: Dec 31, 2021
International trade is something many U.S.-based corporations are involved in or eventually get involved in at some point. This is largely because The United States is the world’s largest trading nation, with over $5.6 trillion in exports and imports of goods and services. The United States also has trade relations with more than 200 countries, territories, and regional associations around the world. This information is based on statistical data provided by the Office of the United States Trade Representative in 2019.
With this type of statistical data, it’s quite easy to see why many corporations decide to expand their product or service offerings into international markets. But let’s not forget the importing of foreign goods and services. Importing allows companies to obtain foreign products or services at minimal cost in order to increase their profit margins. The earning potential for any business involved in global trade whether it’s importing or exporting is astounding.
So you currently have a new or existing Delaware corporation and would like to start conducting business in other countries. The process of conducting business internationally is not as simple as it seems. There is a bit of preparation that’s required if you're looking to conduct business overseas. One of the most important of these preparations is getting a Delaware Article of Incorporation Apostille. Without this, you will be very limited in what you can do in regard to conducting business abroad.
When you first establish your Delaware Corporation you must file Articles of Incorporation to establish your corporation. Approval of this document by the Delaware Division of Corporations secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Once approved, your corporation can apply for a necessary tax ID and business licenses, sign contracts, and also conduct business. Though sometimes confusing, in some states such as Delaware, Articles of Incorporation are called Certificates of Incorporation. The two terms mean the same thing.
Now that we’ve established what Delaware Articles of Incorporation are, and why you need them, let’s further discuss why you would need a Delaware Article of Incorporation Apostille. As previously mentioned, you would need a Delaware Article of Incorporation Apostille if you intend on conducting any business overseas. This is because many foreign countries often require a Delaware Article of Incorporation Apostille in order to conduct business in their respective region.
Once an Apostille has been attached to a certified copy of your Delaware Articles of Incorporation, your company will be legitimized internationally. This international legitimacy will be in line with the Hague Convention of 1961. By attaching an Apostille to a notarized or certified copy of your Articles of Incorporation, the document is then recognized as legitimate by all countries party to the Hague Convention. If a country is not a party to the Hague Convention, American Apostille & Notary Services can still obtain authentication and legalization of necessary corporate documents. This additional process is a little more involved, and is more time-consuming; however, we will make sure it is done in the shortest amount of time possible.
Obtaining a Delaware Article of Incorporation Apostille may sound quite tedious because it often is. This is why American Apostille & Notary Services offers our services to new and existing Delaware corporations that are looking to conduct business abroad. Our understanding of the Delaware Secretary of State and the Delaware Division of Corporations’ guidelines for Delaware corporations makes us the right choice for your necessary Apostilles. We can assist in the proper preparation of your Delaware Articles of Incorporation Apostille so you can focus on other business matters. Contact us today at 848-467-7740 for a free consultation and business needs assessment.