The benefits of exporting

Demand is growing worldwide for goods and services related to renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE). Supplying technology or expertise to global markets can be a great way to diversify your customer base and to increase your company’s bottom line.

Many U.S. businesses think that they are too small to compete in the world market. In fact, 97 percent of all U.S. exporters are small businesses.

U.S. companies that export are:

  • Better prepared to respond to foreign competition and global market trends.
  • Able to diversify their portfolios and weather changes in the domestic economy.
  • More competitive in all markets and less likely to go out of business.
  • Able to extend the sales potential of existing products and to stabilize seasonal markets.

I’ve never exported before. Where can I go to learn about exporting?

Get an overview of the basics, register for instant access to market research, or assess your export potential at's Begin Exporting website.

I’ve successfully exported to one market. How can I expand to others?

Read about four easy steps for any exporter that wants to try new markets at's Expand Your Exports website.

How can the National Export Initiative help me?

In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama outlined a National Export Initiative (NEI) to double U.S. exports in five years to support 2 million new jobs.

Under the NEI, the U.S. Government is committed to sponsoring an unprecedented number of trade missions, to creating and maintaining new markets for exporters, to engaging U.S. Ambassadors in commercial diplomacy, to expanding export promotion to small and medium-sized enterprises, and to increasing access to export credit. As part of the NEI, President Obama has proposed a $134 million increase in funding for export promotion programs for fiscal year 2011.

As one of the most innovative and competitive sectors of the U.S. economy, RE&EE technologies and services are expected to be among the major export markets during the course of the NEI. The U.S. government is committed to helping U.S. companies take advantage of these opportunities.

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