Import & Export. Secure compliance and Total Quality Assurance of your shipments with the expertise of Intertek. Focus on selling your products to your target . A container ship carrrying goods for export. Licensed from iStockPhoto. noun. The definition of an export is something that is shipped or brought to another country to be sold or traded. An example of export is rice being shipped from China to be sold in many countries. The party bringing in the good is called an importer. An import in the receiving country is an export from the sending country. In international trade, the importation and exportation of goods are limited by import quotas and mandates from the customs authority.