Taking the time to research markets may help you avoid obstacles later. Your ability to sell in a given market requires an awareness of any number of elements: standards and regulations, political and economic environment, consumer demand, and investment climate, among others. Learn more by viewing our “Due Diligence on Markets and Partners video".
Last Published: 3/6/2019
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Due Diligence Export Resources  
As you plan your export strategy, don’t overlook some practical export tools and proven expertise that can put you on the right path to new sales abroad. The U.S. Commercial Service—with trade experts in 100+ offices across the United States and in more than 75 markets—offers trade counseling, and a wealth of valuable market intelligence and customized services. Among these are several services that can help you identify the right market and right foreign partner for your product or service: 
  • Need insight on whether to pursue a given market? The Initial Market Check provides U.S. firms with an initial assessment of the market potential of their product or service in a targeted market.                                                                                                                 
  • Looking to find the right overseas partner? The U.S. Commercial Service’s Gold Key Service provides U.S. companies with prescreened business matchmaking appointments with up to five interested partners in a foreign market. 
  •  Need a background check on a foreign company? The U.S. Commercial Service’s International Company Profile provides in-depth or basic background check on a specific foreign company to help determine its suitability as a potential business partner. 
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Export.gov provides links to many other resources, including the following: 
  • Country Commercial Guides provide the latest market intelligence on more than 140 countries from U.S. embassies worldwide. It’s an excellent starting point to find everything you need to know about doing business in a market, detailing eight important factors—ranging from leading sectors and investment climate, to trade regulations and more—to help you decide if a market is right for your product or service.      

Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices.