Non-export tooling is tooling built outside of the US that cannot be transferred from the molder/mold maker. Tooling will often be built to non-standard specifications using local steels. It will have a stated tool life. At the end of the tool life a new tool will have to be purchased in order to produce more parts.
The most important part of "Non-Export Tooling" is the non-export part. The tool is considered proprietary and cannot to leave the molder's facility. That means you cannot change molders for any reason using this tool.Why would I want Non-Export tooling?
Non-export tooling is almost always substantially cheaper depending on the configuration. It is a good choice for short run, limited production parts or when a product life time is not known. For tax and accounting purposes it is often considered a non-recurring engineering fee (NRE) not as an asset.
Unless explicitly requested APP does source non-export tools on any of our tooling programs.