International Document Legalization Q&A

International trade can require a considerable amount of paperwork and documentation to ensure all requirements set by governments in both the exporting and importing countries are met. 

Contracting parties (countries) that have signed on to adopt the Apostille Convention only require one document – the Apostille – to certify document authentication. Instead of having to go through a series of authentications and certifications, now only one certificate is needed and accepted across the contracting parties.

Generally speaking, if you are doing business with a country that has signed on to the Apostille Convention, document certification requirements are minimal and if required, an Apostille will suffice. However, if you find yourself doing business with a country that has not signed on to adopt the Apostille Convention, you may have some questions…

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