As your business expands internationally, so should your knowledge of other cultures’ business customs. Understanding professional etiquette of the country or region that your business is entering is crucial to your company’s success internationally.There are some actions customary in American business that can send the wrong message in other parts of the world. When doing business in a new country, the goal is to impress your potential business partner, not offend them.

It is extremely important to do your homework on international business etiquette to grow relationships – and your business. To get you started, DHL has compiled these helpful hints on the do’s and don’ts of conducting business abroad.