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  • Trade Finance Guide Check out the Trade Finance Guide:A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters. Spanish version now available! This guide is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basics of trade finance so that they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales.

  • The U.S. Commercial Service - Your Global Business Partner With offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration uses its global Network and international resources to connect U.S companies with international buyers worldwide. If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact your local U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist. To find the trade specialist nearest you please visithttp://export.gov/usoffices/index.asp. 
  • A Primer on Exchange Rates & Exporting Opportunities to begin exporting or to expand
    export operations depend on a number of factors
    but one of the most important is the exchange
    rate. Individual business owners can do nothing to
    affect the exchange rate, but they can leverage their
    export opportunities using knowledge of exchange
    rate movements. This short primer, intended
    primarily for small business owners and owners
    new to exporting, will 1) describe the theoretical
    relationship between exchange rates and exports,
    2) describe and interpret the exchange rate data,
    and 3) examine trends in exchange rates for the
    U.S. dollar going back to 1990. This combination of
    theory and data will reveal the reasons why exchange
    rates are important, and how understanding them
    will allow for improved international business
    decisions.
  • Audit Module: Self-Assessment Tool

    This is a tool created for exporters to aid in the development of an Export Management and Compliance Program. It may be used to create a new program or to assess whether internal controls have been implemented within an existing program with the purpose of eliminating common vulnerabilities found in export compliance programs. Each company has unique export activities and export programs; therefore, this is an example to build upon and does not include ALL Export Administration Regulations restrictions and prohibitions.

    This tool is a combination of best compliance practices implemented by U.S. companies, auditing practices, and Export Administration Regulations requirements.


  • BBC News - Country Profiles

    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. 

  • BIS - Compliance Red Flags Checklist to check for any violations of Export Administration Regulation. Can help assure that you are not in violation of doing business with any members of do not sell lists and in compliance with other export laws.
  • BIS - Denied Persons List These appearing on the denied persons list may not be sold to under any circumstances. Those who sell to persons or countries on this will likely lose any trade privileges and could be subject to additional penalties.
  • BIS - Entities List List of those individuals, companies, and governments that are subject to additional licensing and permit requirements. Site has description resources for additional paperwork as well as the list.
  • BIS - Regulation Database Export Administrations Regulation Database offers a wide variety of information from general information on how to make sure you are incompliance, to country specific regulations, additional paperwork, specific acts and information how to remain in compliance.
  • BIS - SNAP-R This webinar video offers free training on SNAP-R, the Simplified Network Application Process Redesign. This includes enhanced security, the ability to attach supporting documentation electronically, and ability for BIS officers to view work and forms electronically.
  • BIS - Unverified List Includes names and countries of foreign persons who in the past were parties to transaction with respect to which BIS could not conduct a pre-license check of post shipment verification for reasons outside the U.S. Government’s control. Any transactions
    with persons or countries on this list will be considered a red flag.
  • Breakeven Calculation Breakeven calculation spreadsheet
  • Bureau of Industry and Security - Export Commodity Control Numbers by number Table of contents for the commercial control list. Look up ECCN by number.
  • Business Plan Checklist Business planning checklist
  • Buy USA - Export Compliance Check List Checklists to ensure that traders have checked that customers do not appear on any do not trade lists.
  • CIA - World Factbook The World Fact book provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, and transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
  • Cash Flow Statement Cash flow statement spreadsheet
  • Cash Flow Variance Spreadsheet Cash flow variance spreadsheet
  • Census Bureau - Automated Export System (AES) Learn about the Automated Export System that allows you to file required documents online. In some cases these documents must be submitted via AES. Learn who is required to submit online, how to register and how to use the system.
  • Census Bureau - Compliance Webinar The Census Bureau wants you to know that foreign trade regulations are mandatory. To ensure that you are in compliance with these regulations they offer a series of product classification and compliance training webinars. To view the webinar schedule and for more information on how to register use this link.
  • Census Bureau - FTSR Requirement Letters Letters to clarify or reinforce foreign trade statistic regulations that are listed under the complete FTSR requirements.
  • Census Bureau - FTSR Requirements Complete list of foreign trade statistics regulations. These are general requirements for principle parties of interest.
  • Census Bureau - Foreign Trade Letters and Notices Five foreign trade letters and notice that may assist or be necessary to ship export products.
  • Census Bureau - Voluntary Self-disclosure Form A Voluntary Self-Disclosure (VSD) is a narrative account with supporting documentation that sufficiently describes suspected violations of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).  A VSD reflects due diligence in detecting, and correcting potential violation(s) when required information was not reported or when incorrect information was provided that violates the FTR.  The Foreign Trade Division (FTD) strongly encourages the submission of VSDs by parties that have violated or potentially violated the FTR.
  • Census Bureau: Commodity Coding - Schedule B Lookup by Product Search engine to lookup your Schedule B by product.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention Information exporters traveling abroad should know in regards to health. Can search by country for information you may need to know before traveling to specific locations.
  • Center for International Trade Development - Exporting Basics 130-page guide to exporting. Written by Center for International Trade and Development Export Advisor. Includes samples and forms for required documentation.
  • Center for International Trade Development - Start Up Kit Developed by Maurice Kogon as a new way to search the Internet for specific trade information. It aggregates and organizes extensive Internet resources under 10 basic categories of export “need” or “objective.” Users can directly access the information and tools they want by clicking on any of the 10 listed needs/objectives.
  • Chase - Point of Sale Solutions Payment processing service available for international payment processing.
  • Choose Washington - Financial Loan Packaging This program partners with local organizations, state agencies and service providers to maximize private sector job creation and investment. Promote retention and growth of businesses and provide a range of other services
  • Commercial News USA Offers Free Portuguese Translation Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. In addition to free Portuguese translation, you can take advantage of a special offer: Buy two ads and get the third ad for free (Based on one-time rates. Does not include Showcase section). Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter million buyers worldwide. Reserve your space in the next issue today. For more information, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail toadvertise@thinkglobal.us. Follow Commercial News USA on LinkedIn and Twitter @comnewsusa.
  • Commercial Services - Government Export Info Information to help you expand your business through exporting. Can assist U.S. companies with finding new international business partners.
  • Convert-me.com - Conversions (Charts, Weights, Sizes) View online conversion charts and convert anything from size to weight to the proper units you need when shipping your product.
  • Cornell University - Copyright Law Find information about copyright law, and how you can apply it to help protect your export business.
  • Cornell University - Patent Law Find information about Patent law, and how you can apply it to help protect your export business.
  • Cornell University - Trademark Law Find information about copyright law, and how you can apply it to help protect your export business.
  • Customer Product Spec Defines customer product requirements.
  • Department of Commerce List of loan and bond programs offered through the Washington State Department of Commerce to help you find financing to grow of start your exporting business. Descriptions and further links will help you identify which programs is the best fit for you and your business.
  • Doing Business Internationally This resource is very similar to the previous World Bank website. It provides information about business rankings in terms of how easy it is to do business in another country. Each year Doing Business compiles academic papers and journals that explain regulations and how they affect international business. This resource is updated frequently.
  • EXIM Directory of Small Business Specialists that can assist you with obtaining export loans and payment insurance for your small business.
  • Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Export Requirements This Web site provides general information on requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for persons who import and/or export chemical substances into and out of the United States. Various legal requirements under TSCA and associated implementing regulations can apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters
  • Executive Planet Learn the cultural practices specifically as they relate to business for the country with which you are doing business. Search cultural practice by country lookup.
  • Exhibitor Online - Trade Show Directory Find trade shows in your area or for your industry using this tradeshow database
  • Exim Bank - Finance Import Bank of the United States: EX-IM Bank independent government agency that helps finance overseas sales
  • Exim Bank - Multi Buyer Credit Insurance Small Business Multi Buyer Credit Insurance for international export sales.
  • Exim Bank - Short Term Multi Buyer Credit Insurance Small Business Short –Term Multi Buyer Credit Insurance for international export sales.
  • Exim Bank - Short Term Single Buyer Credit Insurance Small Business Short Term Single Buyer Credit Insurance for international export sales.
  • Exim Bank - Working Capital Loans Additional funding opportunity to finance your exporting business.
  • Export Administration - Record Keeping Regulations Source has information on complying with EAR recordkeeping regulations. Tells you what types of records are necessary for what forms of exporting, how long they need to be retained.
  • Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington The Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington offers such services as education and training on how to mitigate risks, and collect payment when exporting products overseas. They in cooperation with EX-IM Bank also offer programs to help finance your business. Finally they offer consulting and consultation services.
  • Export Institute - Training/Writing Export Legal Agreements Online course to train you writing export marketing and legal agreements.
  • Export Institute - Training: Receiving Payment Online training course to teach you how to receive payment from your international customers. Teaches about risk insurance and methods of payment.
  • Export Legal Assistance Network - Legal Assistance Export Legal Assistance Network ELAN Lawyers that specialize in trade law, this group offers a free export legal consultation.
  • Export Trends in Washington State, Vol 1. Washington State University Extension fact sheet depicting trends by industry for exports coming out of Washington.
  • Export Trends in Washington State, Vol 3. Accurate descriptions of export trends are needed for industry representatives, analysts, policymakers, and business owners to properly assess market conditions. This fact sheet provides data on manufactured exports from Washington State to foreign countries for several large industries (including aerospace and fruit and vegetable preserves) in a context emphasizing the relationships between exports and the overall economy. Unlike other export data sources, the data here can be used to compare 1) export changes over time, 2) export changes with overall industry shipment changes, and 3) changes to current importing countries with changes to the number of importing countries.
  • Export.gov - Common Export Documents Section of the export.gov website covers commonly required exporting documents such as; licenses, certificates of origin, and certificates of shipment.
  • Export.gov - Determine Tariff Rates Basic information on how to determine your tariff fees. Link to databases to determine fee. Includes training video.
  • Export.gov - Export Basics Workbook can prepare your business to enter the international marketplace. Workbook will lead you step by step through the process of exporting your product to an international market.
  • Export.gov - Export Readiness Assessment 9 Question Survey to help identify if your business is ready to export. Links to assistance to better position your business to become ready should you not be ready to export.
  • Export.gov - Generic Certificate of Origin Some countries require a certificate of origin when importing products. These certificates are usually printed on company letterhead but have this general formatting and information on it.
  • Export.gov - Product Classification How to classify your product using Harmonized System, and Schedule B numbers. (Codes that are required by U.S. customs and recognized by most countries the U.S. trades with. These codes are also used to establish duty rates by importing country). Includes link to code database to look up the proper codes for your products.
  • Export.gov - Sample Plan Sample outline for Export Plan
  • Export.gov - Shipping Documentation What export shipping documents do you need? Follow this short guide on what you need when you need it, and how to finish the documents that are required when shipping internationally.
  • Export.gov - Trade Data and Analysis Find prescreened trade leads. Search for a trade lead using this government database using the method of your choice to find potential customers.
  • Exporters Guides - Trade Agreements export.gov's Trade Compliance Center link to all Guides.
  • Federal Highway Administration - Transportation Resource Guide Guide and resource to transporting products for international trade.
  • Firstdata - Point of Sale Solution Payment processing service available for international payment processing.
  • Foreign Trade - Harmonized System Coding Find and lookup coding using the Harmonized System.
  • Forwarder.com - Freight Forwarder Directory Directory of freight forwarders by location.
  • Freight Agents - Freight Forwarder Directory Directory of freight forwarders by service.
  • Freightnet - National Freight Forwarders National freight forwarder
  • GTIS Global Trade Information Services, Inc. (GTI) is recognized as the leading supplier of international merchandise trade data. Corporations, governments, and associations in more than 50 countries use our trade data systems to develop an enhanced understanding of global trade information.
  • Gaebler - Small Business Export Strategies Information on finding foreign markets, assessing market response, developing sales and marketing strategies.
  • Gatti and Associates - List of Non-proliferation Embargoes List of all Countries and types of weapons that cannot be traded. Three sanctions order the non-proliferation of such weapons.
  • Global Edge - Global Resources The Global Resource Directory offers a rich collection of thousands of international business- and trade-related resources, which we have selected for their content and usability and organized into the categories below to facilitate your research.
  • Global Negotiation - Global Negotiations Learn 10 rules to global negotiations. Resources available online for 50 countries. Option to purchase the book: Global Negotiation The New Rules.
  • Government Directory - Freight Forwarder Directory Search government freight forwarder directory that gives you multiple methods to search by.
  • Growth Plan Assessment Growth Plan Assessment
  • Harvard Business School - Customer Retention Costs Customer Lifetime Value Calculator. Use this tool to calculate a nominal value for your customer and figure out which customers are most profitable and are worth retaining.
  • How to Develop an Export Compliance Manual

    These Guidelines were developed to assist companies in establishing, or enhancing, an Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP). This document promotes good export compliance practices. It recommends principal components of a comprehensive and effective EMCP and provides information, tools, and templates to help companies develop an EMCP.

  • IBT - Currency Converter Find out how exchange rates affect you. Be sure to know how this will affect your budget.
  • Insurance A short-term insurance policy that help small businesses expand into new foreign markets, add new buyers, and transfer all foreign buyer credit decision making to Ex-Im Bank at an economical cost.
  • International Business and Trade Help Center Trade leads by category. Search from over 12,000 highly qualified trade leads.
  • International Trade - US Treasury links? Links to International Institutions, Policies, Codes and Standards
  • International Trade Alliance - Trade Leads After registration website offers free information and resources to assist with international trade. Particularly trade leads.
  • Invoice Factoring Group - Financial Export Factoring Solutions Invoice factoring group offers financial solutions for your exporting business including faster payment processing solutions. Website provides directions on how to get a free quote.
  • Invoice Factoring Group - Trade Financing Basics Trade finance basics. Including information on factoring finance and purchase order finance.
  • JETC This website connects buyers and sellers. Use this source to find B2B trade leads as well as links to other exporting resources.
  • Kompass-B2B This resource is a worldwide business-to-business search engine. The website gives the option of searching using the NAICS code for imported and exported goods. When searching using the NAICS code, the resource lists businesses that sell or produce these goods. There are many situations where this web site will prove useful.
  • Manufacturers.com Trade leads for manufacturers. Trade leads are broken down, and searchable by industry.
  • Manufacturers.com - Manufacturing Trade Leads Trade leads for manufacturers. Trade leads are broken down, and searchable by industry.
  • Miller Business Resource Center - Training: How to Ship Your Products Overseas Online course on International Trade Logistics. $195 course that covers; duties of a freight forwarder, evaluation and selection of freight forwarder, trades terms, documents, export licenses, calculating foreign import duties and taxes.
  • Mplans - Cash Flow Calculator Cash flow calculator. To assist in planning your financing.
  • Mplans - Free Marketing Calculators Cash flow calculator. To assist in planning your financing.
  • My Own Business Template for creating your international business plan.
  • MyFreight - National Freight Forwarder National freight forwarder
  • NCBFAA - Freight Forwarder Directory Directory of freight forwarders by location.
  • NYC Small Business Resource Center - Business Plans? This site offers some tips on the key elements of a good business plan.
  • Nation Master-Industry Data This resource is full of general information. It has some statistical export and import data for almost every industry, but the data is not specific to good or manufacturer.
  • National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association If you have found a buyer and have questions about shipping or customs clearance issues, visit this site.
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology - E-Business Standards & Technology Find information on standards and technology practices for setting up your online website for export sales. Learn how to use IT as a valuable business tool functional tool to grow your export business
  • National Trade Data Bank - Description Link Find comprehensive international market research resorts and trade leads.
  • Net Present Value Net present value calculator
  • Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS) Choosing the right individual or company to handle the needs of your international clients or foreign-language documentation can mean the difference between winning and losing in the global marketplace. As a consumer, it is a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible about the translation and interpretation industry so that you can chose the individual or company that best fits your needs. Just as with any other field of business, the elements of trust, reliability, and performance are of major importance. By establishing a relationship with proven individuals or companies, rather than trying to find the cheapest company every time you need work done, you can look forward to a successful long-term partnership. This information is presented to help educate prospective clients about the translation and interpretation industry and to smooth the way to a satisfying experience for all involved parties.
  • OPIC - Financing for Small to Medium Size Businesses Independent U.S. government agency that provides small business loans, political risk insurance, and investment funds for overseas ventures (specifically in developing countries.)
  • Organization of American States Look up trade agreements and policy by country. Search for agreements between countries.
  • Pacific Exchange Rate Services - Exchange Rates Variety of exchange rates tools and information. Including currency converter, real–time rates, country codes and currency codes.
  • Perpetual Inventory Spreadsheet Perpetual inventory spreadsheet
  • Piers - International Trade Data This for-fee subscription site offers a few free trial options. One of the site's main services is to provide international trade data, both on exports and imports. PIERS can assist you with doing the market research for your company, providing comprehensive data for international trade solutions.
  • Port of Seattle - Freight Forwarders & Import/Export Compliance PDF offers information about freight forwarders and resources for finding one. Also provides information to ensure compliance with U.S and importing country regulations.
  • PowerHomeBiz.com - Key Success Factors of Your Small Business? This page at PowerHomeBiz.com provides six key principles to follow in creating a successful small business.
  • Powerhomebiz - Export Management Company Article on how to find and use an export management company. Asks some basic questions that can help small business owners decide if an export management company is right for them.
  • Read the Digital Edition of Americas Export Promotion Magazine Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has launched a new interactive PDF edition. The new edition is available for free at http://cnusa.thinkglobal.us Commercial News USA offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Now, you can take advantage of a special offer: Buy two ads and get the third ad for free (Based on one-time rates. Does not include Showcase section). Moreover, you will receive a free online listing in Portuguese. Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter-million buyers worldwide. Reserve your space in the next issue today. For more information, contact your U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail to advertise@thinkglobal.us
  • S.E.E.D.S - Building a Business Plan Describes functions of a business plan, and elements that should be included in most plans.
  • S.E.E.D.S - Business Plan Functions Describes functions of a business plan, and elements that should be included in most plans.
  • S.E.E.D.S - Effective Marketing Strategy Business marketing strategy to help grow a small business.
  • SBA Links to resources and assistance programs, as well as general information and fast facts on exporting.
  • SBA - Export Loan Programs Link to information about a SBA backed loan for exporters. Credit up to $250,000
  • SBA - Export Working Capital Program Link to information on a working capital loan intended for exporters. SBA guarantees lenders 90% of working capital loan to ensure that qualified applicants are granted this loan.
  • SBA - Financing Growth Quick facts on exporting. Exporting assistance and resources to help grow or start your small business.  Funding and advising opportunities
  • SBA - Trade Loans Link to information on trade loan. SBA guarantees 1.75 million of loans.
  • Sell Worldwide in the USA Product Showcase Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Now, you can advertise in the USA Product Showcase section of the magazine for just $499. Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter-million buyers worldwide in print and 23,000 per month online. Reserve your space in the next issue today. For more information, call 1-800-581-8533, x 822, go online to http://www.thinkglobal.us/499, or send e-mail to advertise@thinkglobal.us
  • SICE Search the SICE dictionary of trade related terms. Has links to country and region related terms and sources.
  • STAT USA Website has export-training center, statistics on U.S. exports, cross-classification lookup for exports and imports.
  • SWOT Analysis Strengths-Weaknesses-Threats-Opportunities
  • Small Business - Exporting Basics? This site provides an overview of basic concepts and principles of exporting with some valuable resource links, including an international marketing plan workbook.
  • Small Business Advocate - Small Business Success Factors? This page of smallbusinessadvocate.com provides an article describing seven factors of small business success.
  • Strategic Change Meeting Agenda Strategic change meeting agenda
  • Strategic Plan Brainstorm Checklist Strategic planning brainstorm checklist
  • The Federation of International Trade Associations Comprehensive searchable database of International Trade Web Resources. Directories and publications available, as well as marketing, financing, cultural, compliance, and much more information.
  • Top 50 2011 International Trade Search Terms with Links! Export.gov is highlighting the top 50 search phrases of the year. 
  • Trade Compliance Center - Trade Compliance View trade agreements and follow links on individual country research to view compliance requirements for that country.
  • TradeStats Express TradeStats Express Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with TradeStats Express.™
    Retrieve, visualize, analyze, print and download your customized output.
  • Tradeport Information on why export businesses need to do market research, what types they should be doing and how to conduct export market research. Also helps identify where potential markets exist and any trade barriers that may prevent trade with these market
  • Tradeport - Market Eval. Checklist Use this checklist to evaluate potential sustainability and profitability of potential markets.
  • Tradeport - Researching Markets? This web page of tradeport.org provides "The Whats, Whys and Hows of Market Research."
  • Tradeport - Target Countries Find detailed information on the country you are exporting to. Links to some of the best need to know country information when researching potential export locations.
  • Tradeport - Tutorial: Export Strategy A look at different types of exporting strategies, including direct vs. indirect exporting. Also takes a look at current export marketing strategies such as: piggyback marketing.
  • Transnet - Point of Sale Solutions Payment processing service available for international payment processing.
  • U.S. Commercial Service - Market Research Library? Use this buyusainfo.net web page to search for market information by industry, region, country, date, and more.
  • U.S. Commercial Services - Directory Directory of local US export assistance centers.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protections - Compliance Forms Link to many necessary compliance and security forms. Also have some of the required shipping forms available.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA - Trade Leads Phoenix-Opportunity is an online database system in which you register your company with the Minority Business Development Agency. This tool will enable you to receive leads about business opportunities and seek business partners.
  • U.S. International Trade Commission - Commodity Translation Wizard Translate an 8-digit or 10-digit HTS item number into its corresponding SITC or NAIC code number. Works vice-versa.
  • UNZCO Trade exporting guide that includes a section on trade financing. Topics include: Financing export transactions, extending credit to foreign buyers, commercial banks, private providers, and government assistant programs
  • UNZCO - Guide to Shipping Information on how to ship your product including information on freight forwarders, packing your product, labeling, documentation, shipping, insurance, and tariffs.
  • UNZCO - Product Pricing This web page will help you determine what things to consider when pricing products you are going to export overseas. This site also provides a template to help you determine the cost to you for making and shipping product.
  • US Census Bureau - International Data Base Find country ranking, world population information, as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids, and source information for different countries.
  • US Census Bureau - State Trade Data Search for trade data by state or commodity. Lists top commodities coming out of each state.
  • US Commercial Service Find reports on industries, regions, and countries to assist you with your market research and planning for your exporting business.
  • US Commercial Services - Commercial News Official Export Promotion Magazine. Reaches 400,000 readers and connects buyers and distributors. View information on product showcase and trade shows.
  • US Commercial Services - Featured US Exporters Featured US Exporters is a directory the US commercial Services offers to help qualified exporters reach their target market. For a subscription fee you can advertise through the directory to countries you wish to target.
  • US Department of Commerce - ITA Trade Finance Guide Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basics of trade finance so that they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales. Concise, two-page chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques, from open accounts, to forfaiting, to government assisted foreign-buyer financing.
  • US Patents and Trademark Office - Patents Find information on the patents available and the process for obtaining a patent. Follow this guide to obtain patent.
  • US Patents and Trademark Office - Trademark Can find both, general information, as well as information on what trademarks are available. Also gives a run through of the process for obtaining a trademark and the steps you will need to take.
  • US Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control - Click on country you are looking to sell to or have customers in to see if there are any sanctions related to that country.
  • US Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control - Specially Designated Nationals List List of Individuals and Countries that cannot be traded with.
  • USA Trade Online The Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau is pleased to bring you USA Trade Online! With this dynamic service, you can access current and cumulative U.S. export and import data for over 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities. USA Trade Online provides trade statistics using the Harmonized System (HS) up to the 10-digit level and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) commodity classification codes up to the 6-digit level.
  • USDA Aims to develop export markets for U.S. dairy products where they are not competitive because of the presence of subsidized products from other countries.
  • USDA - Dairy Export Incentive Program Aims to develop export markets for U.S. dairy products where they are not competitive because of the presence of subsidized products from other countries.
  • USDA - Export Credit Guarantee Program Underwrites credit extended by the private banking sector for up to three years on exports of food and agricultural products.
  • USDA - Export Information Facilitates safe trade, monitors the movement of risk material, protects against the introduction of pests, regulates the import and export of plants, and helps exporters meet the entry requirements of other countries.
  • USDA - Facility Guarantee program Provides payment guarantees to improve or establish agriculture-related facilities in emerging markets.
  • USTDA Find the most recently posted opportunities for government contracts abroad.
  • Unescap - Trade Financing An intro to trade financing. Learn terminology. Different types of funding available. General guide.
  • WAND Trade Lead Directories as well as opportunities to post both buyer and seller listings.
  • WSBDC - Advisors Contact your local SBDC advisor
  • WSBDC - Available Resources Available resources includes export planning templates, agent/distributor qualification checklists, export quotation worksheets, sample proforma invoice, and FAQs
  • WSBDC - Business Plans Detailed Business Plan Outline. Intended for a detailed business plan.
  • WSBDC - Cash Flow Prediction Template Template to help you predict cash flow. Can be used as part of a business plan or to prepare financial forecasting
  • WSBDC - Domestic Plan Template Domestic business plan template
  • WSBDC - Sample Export Market Plan Example of how to write an export market plan.
  • Washington Council on International Trade General resources, and information on upcoming trade events and news. Also educational programs including In-Service Trade Seminars information.
  • Washington Department of Commerce Find tax and other incentive programs that can assist in making exporting a more affordable and enticing way of doing business. Exemptions and deferrals help new and expanding businesses become successful by reducing tax burden.
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture - Marketing & Business Services WSDA's International Marketing Program staff assists Washington companies to export food and agricultural products.  They work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote exports, and with the Governor's Office and industry to resolve foreign trade barriers
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture - Trade Leads Trade specialists in Olympia, Yakima, Seattle, and Kennewick (Tri-cities) can assist companies to develop their export strategies, identify and provide introductions to potential buyers, and direct companies to others sources of assistance. They can also direct you to our contract
  • Wiser Trade WISER maintains an extensive international trade database including four U.S. State level export series, U.S. exports and imports by Customs District and by individual Port, and most recently, EU, Canadian, and Japanese trade statistics. WISER makes its data available in a variety of formats.
  • World Bank Data The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. This website is more difficult to use because it has a lot of information and extracting the data from the site is more difficult than from other resources. While the resource is difficult to use for data, retrieving basic information about developing countries is easy. This resource would be very useful for drafting country report paragraphs.
  • World Direct - Legal Solutions Interactive provider of US and International legal solutions.
  • World Trade Center Offers programs that sponsor International Trade. Trade tools and resources available.
  • Worldbid Trade leads broken down into categories, and searchable through database.
  • Import Genius Databases have information on the trading activities of millions of importers.  Evaluate and monitor suppliers and competitors via information of customers, product lines, and exporting volumes for factories around the world. Find sales prospects and research markets through accurate and up-to-date economic data.