Effective management of supply chain and operations on a global scale presents numerous region-specific circumstances, challenges, and risks. In order for supply chain managers to navigate these variables successfully, they must obtain a thorough knowledge of the educational, economic, political, social, and religious variables of each point in the supply chain. They must also understand the laws and regulations relative to doing business in each country, including those affecting banking, monetary exchange, the import and export of materials and products, ownership of intellectual property, and safety. A country's natural environment, transportation infrastructure, technological capabilities, and even its culture, including security, trust, bribery, and corruption issues can effect supply chain operations. Access the various resources linked on this page in order to locate the above information for specific countries. Best practice is to consult several sources and to critically analyze the information you discover.
Policy and regulations regarding trade, imports and exports, banking, taxes, along with information about the economy, education, environment, foreign policy, and political system of a given country can often be found on a country's official web site. Use any search engine to locate these sites. Below are some examples: