- U.S. International Trade Administration (www.trade.gov/cs/)
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
- Illinois Office of Trade & Investment (www2.illinois.gov/gov/exports/Pages/default.aspx)
Illinois already produces ideas and products which enhance lives around the world, but we should never be satisfied with the status quo if we want to remain competitive and succeed in the global arena. Illinois must continue to invest in educating our workforce, and support our technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship programs so Illinois products and services will continue to be sought-after commodities worldwide. One of my duties as your Governor is to work with countries, government leaders and business partners around the world to create new markets for Illinois products, as on my trade missions to China, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico
- U.S. Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov/community/blogs/small-business-exporting-%E2%80%93-insights-national-small-business-week)
So, how can you take your business to the next level by selling overseas? What do you need to be successful in exporting? What resources are available to help your small business export endeavors? These experts came together to answer these questions and more. Here are highlights from their discussions.
- U.S. Export Assistance Centers (http://export.gov/eac/)
The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses export their products and services.
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_outreach/diduknow.xml)
In order to avoid potential problems in the clearance of your merchandise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that you familiarize yourself with CBP policies and procedures prior to actually importing/exporting your goods. You should also be aware of any entry requirements specific to the particular commodity you are importing/exporting, including those of other federal agencies. To assist you, we offer the following tips for new importers and exporters.
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