- Exporting companies are the most successful - International buyers probably want your products - The U.S. government offers programs to help you overcome challenges and find success
- U.S. businesspeople have told us that if they knew more about the mechanics of exporting, they would try selling their goods abroad—or, if they’ve already begun, they’d sell to more countries. A Basic Guide to Exporting attempts to answer in considerable detail the questions we are frequently asked by thousands of people who want an international sale or have one and are in the midst of figuring out how to get it to the buyer.
- While the contents of this book can help move you along in the exporting process, it’s not intended to be a substitute for your own good judgment or the considerable range of expertise available in your community—through what we referred to as your Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (GEE), the range of organizations and institutions that can provide advice, mentoring, and specialized services. Chief among these resources is the U.S. Commercial Service, and a list of offices can be found at the end of this book.
These folks will be happy to introduce you to the export community of practice in your region and state. They will also link you to colleagues, wherever they may be, who have expertise in your particular business, product, or industry. They will then open the door to our international resources, including market and industry experts in more than 75 countries throughout the world. We work with colleagues in the Department of State and the Department of Agriculture, who are posted in just about every other country in the world.
Once you download this book, we hope you’ll refer to it often, and feel free to share it with a friend. As a nation we are well under way to breaking down the distinction between domestic business and international business, as if the latter is somehow worryingly risky or exotic. The time is at hand when all business is, well, just business. But most of all, as a nation that’s a leader in so many important categories, we also need to lead in producing more people like you—who are at home in the world.
These links updated: 4/23/18. This website has been funded in part by the U.S. Commercial Service. Copyright (c) All Rights Reserved by the District Export Council of Georgia. Image: shutterstock_1069133606.