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Working in other countries can be difficult.  Some of
the issues to consider include:

Make sure that you are paid in US dollars or other
hard currencies.

Make sure that you are paid as you go along. 
Preferably you are paid in advance of each phase.  If
the relationship goes sour you can find it essentially
impossible to collect.

Have a Lawyer knowlegable about the laws in the
foreign country review the agreement.  Include
provisions allowing you to sue in a stable counry.

Do not assume that they practice engineering the way
we do in this country.

Keep your foreign work small until you understand the
risks, the local conditions and have developed a good
relationship with your client.  In many countries you
have to associate with a local engineer.  Know who you
are dealing with.  

Know the liability laws.  I remember an article in ENR
about a project where there were some problems and the
US based engineers sent a represenative over to the
middle east to sort out the problem.  He was promptly
put in jail until the problem was resolved.

Mark Gilligan

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