There are a number of online resources available for new exporters who are looking to expand into foreign markets. The below exporter online resource guide is intended to provide exporting companies with sources, support and information to help grow their export business.
- One of the best resources for new exporters is Export.gov. On this site new exporters can access FAQs, market research, trade leads, industry reports, trade missions, webinars and training, as well as financing information.
- Another great resource is the United States Census Bureau's Schedule B database. Schedule B classification numbers are used to classify products when filing AES. For most export shipments, AES must be filed before the cargo can be loaded onto the vessel. Learn more about AES and Schedule B Numbers here.
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website provides useful information regarding the basics of the export process. The CBP INFO Center also enables shippers to search a database of questions and answers by topic.
- For agriculture products, the United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service department debuted the new trade lead system earlier this year in May. USDA-FAS also aids exporters in financing, trade missions and market data. Additionally, USDA provides guidance for international shippers via its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS). USDA-APHIS fosters international relationships to support U.S. exports in new and existing markets. Furthermore, the USDA subgroup details global ISPM 15 requirements for international shippers.
- Earlier this month the International Trade Administration (ITA) introduced the new ITA Top Markets Series. The Top Markets Series is intended to help exporters research and compare foreign markets.
- In addition to the above, the United States presently has Free Trade Agreements (FTA's) in place with 20 countries. The United States Trade Representative website provides information about current and pending FTA's that are under negotiation (such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership). FTA's open foreign markets to trade by eliminating tariffs and duties on imports.
- Freight forwarders can also help new exporters navigate the world of international trade. Freight forwarders provide global transportation solutions, AES filing support, cargo insurance, documentation advice and destination customs clearance.
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