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2 U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Department of Commerce The Basics of Exporting

3 2 Basic Elements for Export 1.Assessing Your Organizational & Product Readiness for Export 2.Market Research & Assessing the Competition 3.Developing an Export Strategy & Marketing Plan - Assessing Market Characteristics 4.Promoting Products In Target Markets 5.Complying with U.S. and Foreign regulations 6.U.S. Commercial Service Assistance for Exporters

4 3 Assessing Your Organizational and Product Readiness

5 4 Evaluating Your Product Readiness  What has contributed to the success of your product or service domestically? –Does a similar demand exist overseas?  What are the unique features of your products? –Do these features enhance the demand for your product in certain markets or regions?  Other areas to think about –Labeling changes, altering components or ingredients, instructions or manuals may need to be translated, ability to provide after sales service or support.

6 5 Organizing For Exporting  A company new to exporting generally treats its export sales the same as domestic sales. –This is a mistake.  Two key advantages of separating international from domestic business are: –The centralization of specialized skills needed to deal with international markets. –A focused effort on export sales.  Separating international from domestic business may be done at different levels in the organization. –Depending on your firm, some international sales people may specialize by product or by geographical region  Commitment from your firm’s CEO or President is critical to the success of the export initiative.

7 Market Research & Assessing the Competition

8 7 The Importance of Market Research  Your company may begin exporting without any market research if it receives unsolicited orders from abroad. –But, you will find even more promising markets by conducting a systematic search.  Businesses that invest time in market research increase their chances of succeeding more cost effectively.  Researching potential markets can help your company by: –Finding where your products are most likely to sell –Identifying market segments and niches –Determining both domestic and international competitors –Discovering how to overcome barriers to market entry –Understanding customers' needs and accommodating as appropriate –Identifying new trends –Determining your price competitiveness

9 8 Market Research Sources  - country and industry specific reports from the U.S. Commercial Service  - Industry specialized reports and bulletins from the U.S. Commercial Service  – U.S. and Canadian statistical trade information 

10 9 Fee Based Resources  Harris Selectory On-Line Database  On-Line  USA Trade Online Statistics  BNA Export Reference Guide On-Line  Distributor Match

11 Developing an Export Strategy & Marketing Plan

12 11 Export Plan Content An export plan should contain the following information.  Executive Summary  Export Policy Commitment Statement –Mission statement –Objectives of exporting  Background Analysis –Why your company is ready to export  Market Analysis and Implementation Strategy –Identify and rank markets, products, and possible distribution channels  Financial Analysis –Export budget  Addenda –Facts to back up the export plan Background data Research information

13 12 Promoting Products in Target Markets

14 13 Promotion Techniques  Tapping into foreign visitors at domestic shows you may already be exhibiting at  Exhibiting at key foreign trade shows  Overseas industry publications  Identifying distributors by seeing who other firms with complimentary products have appointed  Working leads and referrals from other overseas distributors  Networking thru key international industry associations  Holding targeted training or informational seminars in a key market  Promotional Assistance thru U.S. Commercial Service

15 14 Complying with U.S. & Foreign Regulations

16 15 Compliance with U.S. Regulations  Why should you do your homework? –U.S. Export Enforcement fines can be very steep, even if mistakes are unintentional.  Does your product require an export license? U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

17 16 Complying with Foreign Regulations and Requirements  Why should you do your homework? Each country’s requirements may be different. They can also change without notification.  Is product registration required with their ministry? Is outside lab testing required?  For entry, what documents are required? Certificate of Free Sale Certificate of Origin Sanitary Certificates BSE Certificates –Some of these documents may need to be stamped by their consulate in the U.S.  Consider the market’s regulatory standards UL, CE, and CCC marks Labeling

18 U.S. Commercial Service Assistance for Exporters

19 18 U. S. Department of Commerce Resources The U.S. Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, an agency of the United States government. Our mission:  To promote the export of goods & services from the United States, particularly by small- and medium-sized businesses  To represent U.S. business interests internationally  To help U.S. businesses find qualified international partners

20 19  Trade specialists in over 100 U.S. cities and 83 countries worldwide... Our Network & What it can do for you We can... Locate international buyers, distributors & agents Provide expert help at every stage of the export process Help you to enter new markets faster and more profitably

21 20 US Commercial Service Business Matchmaking  Gold Key Matchmaking  International Partner Search  International Company Profile Trade Promotion Events  Catalog Exhibitions  International Buyer Programs  Trade Missions/US Pavilions Tailor-Made Programs  Advocacy  Single Company Promotions  Business Consulting  FUSE (Post web promotion) Market Research  Market Research Library  Customized Market Research  China Commercial Brief

22 21 How to contact us: 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ste. 1600 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 Tel: 954-356-6640 Fax: 954-356-6644 Email: To Locate a US Export Center Near You, Visit:

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