The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service and the Textile and Apparel Database, a brief introduction for exporters. This information is part of "A Basic Guide to Exporting" provided by the U.S. Commercial Service to assist companies in exporting.
Last Published: 10/20/2016
Industry Information
Industry-specific information is important in any exporting venture. There are many sources for up-to-date information:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) serves as the first point of contact for those needing information on foreign markets for agricultural products. The Office of Outreach and Exporter Assistance of the FAS can provide basic export counseling and direct you to the appropriate Department of Agriculture office to answer specific questions on exporting. The staff can provide country- and commodity-specific foreign market information reports, which focus on the best market prospects and contain contact information on distributors and importers.

Textile and Apparel Database
Prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel (, this database provides information on overseas markets and the rules and regulations affecting U.S. exports. The database provides specific country profiles, which include information on marketing and distribution, market-entry requirements, shipment and entry procedures, and trade policy. More general information, such as export procedures, potential buyers and  suppliers, current trade issues, and background on textile and apparel trade policy agreements,  is also available.

Private-Sector Product and Industry Resources
The U.S. and foreign private sectors publish numerous guides and directories that provide valuable information for your company. For specific references, consult your local U.S. Commercial Service office.
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