Depending upon the country and the type of good you are procuring, it may be advisable to obtain goods within your destination country. For the majority of in-country non-travel related purchases, Cornell's Procurement Card (pcard) is the recommended method of payment. Certain transactions are prohibited on procurement cards because the good or service requires additional review for reasons of tax, insurance, a contract or other regulatory issues. Download a complete list of prohibited expenses here.
There are a myriad of rules surrounding the shipment of goods from the U.S. to a foreign country. Sending or taking controlled information, technology, and items outside of the U.S., whether temporarily or permanently, is considered an export and may require a license of authorization. Depending on the goods and/or the destination, vendors may not be able to ship goods to you based on specific restrictions--or customs fees may be prohibitive and buying locally may be a more suitable option. The Export Controls team is available to help navigate the international procurement and/or shipping process.
Paying invoices in foreign currency
Information about paying purchase order invoices in foreign currency can be found at https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/accounting/topics/accountspayable/foreign