Before you get on a plane and start spending serious money, it’s important to understand the export process. Fortunately, there are some great training resources.
Export-U Webinars are an excellent and free resource to help you learn how to become a successful exporter. They cover a wide range of practical global business topics which can be studied rapidly with the webinars. You can also test what you have learned using the site’s quizzes and examinations.
Exporter’s Resource Database puts a wealth of trade information and export data at your fingertips. It includes information from the very basics of exporting, to advanced topics like international trade finance, global eCommerce, export documentation, and intellectual property protection.
Trade Articles provide introductions to dozens of key export business topics in the following topical groups: export basics, finance & insurance, international travel, international trading partners, market research, regulations and compliance, and shipping & logistics.
Basic Guide to Exporting (pdf) is an excellent and free publication from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This Guide is in fact a complete downloadable 239-page book packed with tons of excellent information.
Glossary of Export Terms can help you navigate the new terminology that is used for international trade business.
Visiting the Market: Early in the export process it really helps to visit the target market, to assess opportunities and decide where to focus your effort. Having a plan in place for the trip insures a productive trip.
Web Links to the right resources let you gather useful information on all aspects of the export process. For this reason, we have carefully selected links to what we believe are the best online resources for US exporters.