When it comes to exporting, U.S. companies don’t have to “go it alone,” there’s plenty of help available through the U.S. government and its state and local partners. For example, the U.S. Commercial Service has a global network of trade professionals with “boots-on-the-ground” expertise around the world. Services are varied and wide-ranging: trade experts can help with export planning, navigating customs and documentation issues, locating pre-screened overseas buyers, finding the best foreign export markets, trade show support, international market research, and more. To address other specific exporting needs, such as trade financing and risk mitigation, trade professionals work in partnership with agencies like U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Export-Import Bank. Learn more by viewing Export Counseling, the fifth of five videos in the Plan Your Market Entry Strategy set.
Last Published: 6/19/2018

Exporting to Foreign Markets

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U.S. Commercial Services Export Programs and Services

Export Counseling                                            

  • Develop effective market entry and sales strategies.
  • Understand export documentation requirements and import regulations of foreign markets.
  • Navigate U.S. government export controls, compliance and trade financing options

Business Matchmaking

  • Connect with pre-screened potential partners.
  • Promote your product or service to prospective buyers at trade events worldwide.
  • Meet with international industry and government decision makers in your target markets

Market Intelligence

  • Analyze market potential and foreign competitors.
  • Obtain useful information on best prospects, financing, laws, and cultural issues.
  • Conduct background checks on potential buyers and distributors.

Commercial Diplomacy

  • Overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter international markets.
  • Benefit from coordinated U.S. government engagement with foreign governments to protect U.S. business interests.
  • Access U.S. government trade advocacy for your foreign government procurement bids.

Get Help

Export.gov, the U.S. federal government’s export assistance portal, links to many resources, including the following:
  • View a short video on U.S, Commercial Service export programs and services.
  • Many new-to-export companies reference A Basic Guide to Exporting as a valuable resource in mapping their export strategies.
  • Country Commercial Guides provide the latest market intelligence on more than 140 countries from U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
  • The above resources are excellent steps in advance of contacting your nearest U.S. Commercial Service office. Each year, our trade experts—located in 100+ offices across the United States and in U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 75 countries—assist thousands of companies in exporting billions of dollars in goods and services.

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