Web Resources for Exporters
Basic Guides and Research for Exporting
Fee-Based Export Resources
- The Export Institute of the United States Dedicated to providing exporters around the world with the most practical and immediately usable information on selling their goods and services in foreign markets. We maintain continuous contact with trading companies large and small, universities, government agencies and entrepreneurs who have built successful export businesses.
- Export Hotline© is a service of International Strategies, Inc., a Boston based, privately held corporation. As electronic publishers of international business information, the mission of Export Hotline is to create a content rich Internet service focused on all aspects of global trade and investment.
- Foreign Trade Online leading global B2B trade portal, is a privately owned and operated business which helps provide companies around the world with the opportunity to expand their business beyond their own borders.
Technical Trade Information
Market Assessment and information Reports
- USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Hot Country Reports Provides recent press releases, attache reports, trade leads, and export and import statistics.
- Trade Port Country Library provides extensive economic, demographic and market information.
- U.S. commercial Service is the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce that proved an array of information for small and mid-sized businesses.
- Western Hemisphere Export Guides abridged versions of the U.S. Department of State Country Commercial Guides oriented towards agricultural and food products.
- Country Commercial Guides are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.
Standards and Classification Codes
Information on Exchange Rates
Specific Commodity Market Information
Sources for Trade Data
- BICO Reports provides bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented agricultural product data in both a calendar or fiscal year format.
- U.S. Trade Reports provides a more comprehensive commodity by commodity breakdown of exports and imports over a two- or five-year period.
- The Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau compiles information on the U.S. trade balance, import and export totals, general commodity groupings, and country totals. The Foreign Trade Division's website provides much of this data, as well as the current edition of the FT-900 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services press release.
- Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA) provides information on aggregate foreign trade data, including historical data on U.S. trade in goods and services and a breakdown of the United States' top 50 trade partners . OTEA's website lists statistics on exports by state, metropolitan area and industry, and even organizes the data by SIC code.
- U.S. Census Bureau's website provides statistical resources for determining who is buying particular products from the United States. First, the exporter will need to know the Harmonized System (HS), or Schedule B, number of the product. The Harmonized System Classification is a standardized numerical method of classifying traded products. This ten-digit identifying number is assigned to each product and used by customs officials around the world to determine the duties, taxes and regulations that apply to the product. The first six digits are harmonized throughout the world. The last four digits vary by country. Schedule B is the U.S. term for the Harmonized System.
- Trade Dataweb maintained by the U.S. International Trade Commission site contains U.S. import and export data per product or by customized list. The site is free, but requires registration.
- WTO International trade statistics 2001 This 200-page report contains up-to-date statistics on international trade in 2000, together with and outlook for 2001.
Global Business and Export Directories
- American Foods in Europe - Guide to European Importers of U.S. Food & Beverages This online Directory contains company listings that provide the user with a convenient European source for a wide range of U.S. foods and beverages, from beer to seafood.
- Export Directory of U.S. Food Distribution Companies (Western Europe Edition) The purpose of the directory is to provide a list of U.S. suppliers of mixed containers of grocery products to potential foreign buyers.
- 1st Global Directory - Business Directory Listings of several businesses from around the world.
- Association for International Business Country Information Links Links to Web sites that provide specific information and resources for countries and regions around the world.
- Business.com Links to more than links to 10,000 US public companies, 14,000 international companies and 44,000 private companies.
- BusinessWorld Directory of companies from around the world.
- Carol Annual reports from companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Besides annual reports, there are company profiles, financial reports, and stock analyses.
- Country Based Search Engines Links to more than 1500 country-specific search engines and regional search engines from more than 167 countries and regions.
- First Worldwide Yellow Pages Worldwide business directory.
- Forbes International 800 Listings of the 800 major companies throughout the world. With financial and contact information.
- Market Gateway Listings and catalogs of hundreds of agricultural, industrial and consumer goods suppliers worldwide.