How To Start an Export Business
by Jennifer Henczel
Trading goods and services allows small businesses around the world to compete on a global basis with their larger competitors.
In the past, it was very costly to acquire the commercial intelligence needed to play in the global market place.
Now, armed with the internet we can access valuable market information and find foreign buyers and local suppliers, anywhere, anytime.
One of the most common questions I receive is how to start an import export business. So, I’ve prepared a list of my favorite online import export business start-up resources and tools.
First, start by learning a little more about import and export.
See our www.importexportcoach.com Import Export Workshop Slide Shows.
They are an excellent alternative for those who are unable to access our corporate training packages and consulting sessions directly. You can also attend training programs offered by the www.fitt.ca/ Forum for International Trade Training.
When you are convinced of the vast opportunities that the field of import export offers, you need to register your business with the government.
Start out by looking at the www.cbsc.org/english Online Small Business Workshops presented by the Canada BC Business Service Centres.
Another important place to start for Canadians: www.rc.gc.ca/business. Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
The US provides similar information through its www.sba.gov Small Business Administration website. Take a look in the www.sba.gov/classroom Classroomfor free online courses for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Both the Canadian and US governments provide excellent international trade information and resources for starting, operating, and growing your business.
Check out our www.importexportcoach.com/links_resources.htm Import Export Links page for these websites.
Remember, contact www.importexportcoach.com/embassies.htm Foreign consulates and embassies in your city for assistance with your business and finding suppliers and manufacturers.
The next step is to find out about any export finance programs, federal export programs, market reports and trade regulations that your government may provide.
US entrepreneurs should check out these websites:
www.sba.gov/oit/ – SBA Office of International Trade
www.cnewsusa.com – Commercial News USA
www.bxa.doc.gov/ – U.S. Bureau Of Export Administration
www.exim.gov – U.S. Export-Import Bank
Canadians should look here:
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-e.html – Small Business Customs Library
dfait-maeci.gc.ca – Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
www.edc.ca – Export Development Canada
www.communityfutures.ca – Community Futures Development Corporation
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As an International Trade Consultant, here is one of the most important tips I can offer you:
To obtain funding or apply for a government program you will need a Business Plan. Developing a strategic Marketing or Business Plan is the key to succeeding in any business.
Research and planning are especially important for global ventures. It allows you to identify your opportunities and risks.
Look at the www.importexportcoach.com/international_marketing_plans.htm International Marketing Plans page of Import Export Coach website.
Be sure to register as an exporter in these important directorieswww.thomasregister.com – Thomas Register of American Manufacturers strategis.ic.gc.ca Strategis.
All of the sites above provide a good basis to get started, but we have more www.importexportcoach.com/ – International trade links elsewhere on our site.
About the Author
J. A. Henczel is an Adult Educator and International Trade Consultant known as the Import Export Coach.
She also fulfills the roles of www.importexportcoach.com/workshops.htm”>Business Trainer, importexportcoach.com/articles.htm
Writer, and Owner of importexportcoach.com/about_us.htm Global Focus Consulting Group (GFCG).
Add the duties of Web Designer you’ve got one busy entrepreneur who’s commitment to economic growth is revealed through her award winning website: www.ImportExportCoach.com