With offices in more than 100 U.S. cities and 80 countries across the globe, the U.S. government offers U.S. companies exporting information, advice and cost-effective end-to-end international business solutions. Whether you are new to international sales, trying to enter a new market or looking to expand your business in a specific market we have a variety of services available to help you.
International finance includes not only financing, but also insurance that can cover export transactions and overseas investments and grants to help you conduct feasability studies or to train the foreign business community and government officials on U.S. business practices, regulatory reform and other economic development activities. Become familiar with the various government programs designed to help your company finance its export transactions, and give it the capital to carry out its export operations.
When shipping a product overseas, the exporter must be aware of packing, labeling, documentation, and insurance requirements. Most exporters rely on an international freight forwarder to perform these services because of the multitude of considerations involved in physically exporting goods. Learn about international logistics to make sure that nothing has been forgotten.
Some exports require an Export License before you can ship your product. Some foreign countries have standards that you should be aware of. Lastly, there are some countries that you cannot sell to. Use Licenses & Regulations as a primer to familiarize yourself with the licenses, standards, and legal considerations that may apply to your product(s).
Trade data can help companies identify the best countries to target their exporting efforts. Companies can gauge the size of the market for their product as well as develop a price strategy to become competitive.
Trade barriers and unfair practices take many forms and all of these can make exporting your products difficult. When you run into a trade problem, find out how to report and what we can do to help.