Getting ready to export?

Considering entry into the world marketplace can be daunting but the US Government has made significant efforts to assist entrepreneurs in exporting their products abroad. I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with news of the National Export Initiative which is intended to double US exports in five years (debate here and here) but there is a site specifically targeted to help you. Export.gov via its sister site Buy USA (US Dept. of Commerce) has an array of videos, tools and downloads to do just that. In fact, this entry was inspired by an email from export.gov with a link to download their new export guide Preparing Your Business for Global E-Commerce (pdf). Launched simultaneously is a webinar ($40) on the same topic. I read most of the guide (76 pgs) and am rather pleased. Other than that information is clear and concise, I didn’t find a single grammar, diction, syntax or punctuation error. Between you and me, I don’t think you’d need to attend the webinar if you read and follow up on the resources listed within the export guide. Further assistance is in the forum.

If you’re not really sure about all of this because exporting seems arduous, risky and confusing, consider viewing the four part video series on how to make international sales without leaving the U.S. . This is also covered in the guide (see pgs 35+ if you’re worried about getting paid). Exporting on a smaller scale is fairly painless, even I export. Perhaps 15% of my revenue comes from outside the US and I’ve only had problems exporting to one country I won’t mention (Amazon won’t ship to them either) because it is less a matter of delivery problems than it is that customers there seem to be uniformly (but not exclusively) peckish. Perhaps they could say the same about us but I hope not.

And speaking of peckish, the export.gov site has caused my browser to crash twice three times today. I removed all the export.gov links and replaced them with Buy USA urls because the latter site appears to be better behaved.

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6 comments

  1. There is federal/state assistance to help with the exporting process. The Illinois International Trade Center I work at is concentrating on training for the retail/garment industry to help better prepare them for exporting their products/services. Please let me know if you need help finding resources in your area. We are here to help make your business more successful. Matter of fact, my background is in the fashion industry.

  2. Cherryl says:

    WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this type of information, the information on the Cut and Show Website, the Italian Pattern making book and so much more. You provide a wealth of highly valuable information. I can hardly keep up! Thank you.

  3. Renee says:

    I’m so glad to know about these resources. I get requests regularly from prospective wholesale partners and have been putting them off thinking I would need a consultant to help me figure out the details.

  4. Betsy Cook says:

    Forgot to check the “follow up comments” box on the first comment. Looking forward to reading the Preparing Your Business for Global E-Commerce PDF.

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