Export Resources

These resources are organized in Roadmap categories. If you would like to learn more about how the Export Readiness Centers can help you understand which resources are best to help you start or grow your exports, contact your local international trade specialist.

Evaluate Your Export Readiness

Product Knowledge/IP

Cornell Copyright – Legal Info Institute overview of US Copyright Act

Cornell Patent – Legal Info Institute overview of US Patent Act

Cornell Trademark – Legal Info Institute overview of US Trademark

Industry Classification System (NA) – NAICS on the Census site

USPTO & Patents – Patent process

USPTO & Trademark – Trademark Process

Market Opportunity

GSI Trade Events – Greater Spokane Incorporated, International Trade events

Tradelead.com – B2B Trade Marketplace

Think Global.com – B2B Marketplace for Global Trade Leads

Worldbid – Trade Leads

Operations Commitment

Harvard Business School – Customer Lifetime Value Calculator estimation tool $75

Finance Capability

Choose Washington Financing – Washington Department of Commerce page to introduce financing options available for export

EXIM Bank – Export-Import Bank of the United States home page

EXIM Digital Toolkit explains trade finance and its benefits – pdf

Multiple Buyer Credit Insurance – webpage

Ex-Im Short Term Credit Standards – pdf

EXIM Single Buyer Short Term Insurance – webpage

Ex-Im Short Term Single Buyer Credit Insurance Policy – pdf example

EXIM Working Cap loans – webpage

Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington – Provides free export finance advice to Washington State-based exporters

SBA Export Wkng Cap Program – Export loan program information

Export.gov Trade Finance Guide – A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters

U.S. DOC Minority Business Development Agency – advising and tools to assist with access to capital, contracts and new markets for minority-owned firms

Develop Your Export Plan

Customized Export Plan

SBA Export Business Planner – A downloadable pdf tool to customize

MyOwnBusiness.com International_Business_Plan_Action_Steps pdf

Export.gov – Sample Outline for an Export Plan

Market Fit Analysis

Export.gov – Determining Tariff Rates with link to Customs Info Database free access

Export USA Checklist for Evaluating Potential Export Markets – pdf

International Trade Administration Trade Stats – National Trade Data and State Export Data

Market Entry Strategy

Forwarder.com – International freight forwarder directory

Freight Agents – Freight Forwarders and Freight Agents Directory

Freight Net – The freight forwarders, cargo & logistics directory

National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA)

Export USA – export promotion magazine of the USA. The magazine is designed to help American companies promote their products and services to buyers in more than 178 countries worldwide.

Export Compliance

Export.gov Consolidated Screening List – consolidates export screening lists of DOC, State & Treasury for electronic screens of of potential parties to regulated transactions.

BIS Export Regulation EAR Files

Commerce Control List

BIS Red Flags

BIS Network Registration (SNAP-R)

U. S. Census Bureau – AES Compliance Seminars

Voluntary Self-Disclosure

U. S. Customs & Border Protection Forms

Export.gov Common Export Docs.

Broad Export Resource Tools

A Basic Guide to Exporting – Downloadable book on export.gov provides in-depth information and solid advice about the key activities and issues relevant to any prospective exporter.

Adventures in Exporting: Lessons Learned from the Field pdf – by EXIM Bank

“In this white paper, learn how Ellicott Dredge has successfully exported to developing markets for over 100 years, embracing local methods and standards to find opportunities and build revenue. Explore how companies like Ben Kaufman Sales, Control Flow, and DemeTech utilized resources from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to overcome financing challenges many SMBs face when exporting.” Industry Week Blog

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