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Reach Global Markets

Reach Global Markets

Explore new opportunities to grow your business through exporting.

Explore new opportunities to grow your business through exporting.

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International Demand by the Numbers

96%

of the world's potential customers are outside the United States.

70%

of the world's purchasing power is located outside the United States.

98%

of the nearly 280,000 exporting businesses in the United States have fewer than 500 employees.

 

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The Benefits of Expanding Into the Global Marketplace

Profitability
Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms.

Access
Today, improvements in trade finance, the Internet and trade agreements have dramatically increased access to markets worldwide.

Competitive Advantage
The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service and sound business practices.

Risk Mitigation
Most companies that export have an easier time riding out fluctuations in the U.S. economy and are more likely to stay in business.

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Take Confidence in Exporting

If you’re exploring international growth, a few strategic moves can help give you a strong start. For more insight, we spoke with experienced U.S. exporters to hear about how they handle common international business matters.

Find the perfect export destination

For many businesses, it’s crucial to locate countries where the market hasn’t yet been cornered and where they can invest in a future. The U.S. Commercial Service can be a great place to get started with your research. Check out its Country Commercial Guides for market conditions and Top Markets Reports for industry-specific opportunities and more.

“We seek for areas not only where we can get in to be new, but that have growth potential as we move forward.”

Rodney Burt
Star Building Systems

Clear the border with ease

Selling and shipping internationally means knowing how to get your shipments through customs and on their way as soon as possible.

Teresa Tapia, who works for Protech Global Solutions, explains that her company took an extra step to expedite its exporting operations: The company got certified by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Businesses join the program for free, and the application is relatively quick and available online.

“We are precleared by U.S. customs to have our goods flow through the border, which eliminates the possibility of losing valuable time right there.”

Teresa Tapia
Protech Global Solutions

Ensure you'll get paid

The Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) was founded to give U.S. companies greater financial security when engaging in international trade. By protecting businesses against buyer nonpayment, offering multiple forms of financing and even helping secure competitive financing for foreign buyers, the EXIM Bank makes exploring global markets a greater possibility for many growing companies.

“I had a customer in Argentina a few years ago who got their financing through the EXIM Bank. It made us comfortable because we knew they had the money, and it made them feel comfortable because they knew that the EXIM Bank was involved.”

Laura Teter
Miller Weldmaster

 

Find the perfect export destination

For many businesses, it’s crucial to locate countries where the market hasn’t yet been cornered and where they can invest in a future. The U.S. Commercial Service can be a great place to get started with your research. Check out its Country Commercial Guides for market conditions and Top Markets Reports for industry-specific opportunities and more.

 

“We seek for areas not only where we can get in to be new, but that have growth potential as we move forward.”

Rodney Burt
Star Building Systems

Clear the border with ease

Selling and shipping internationally means knowing how to get your shipments through customs and on their way as soon as possible.

Teresa Tapia, who works for Protech Global Solutions, explains that her company took an extra step to expedite its exporting operations: The company got certified by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Businesses join the program for free, and the application is relatively quick and available online.

 

“We are precleared by U.S. customs to have our goods flow through the border, which eliminates the possibility of losing valuable time right there.”

Teresa Tapia
Protech Global Solutions

Ensure you'll get paid

The Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) was founded to give U.S. companies greater financial security when engaging in international trade. By protecting businesses against buyer nonpayment, offering multiple forms of financing and even helping secure competitive financing for foreign buyers, the EXIM Bank makes exploring global markets a greater possibility for many growing companies.

 

“I had a customer in Argentina a few years ago who got their financing through the EXIM Bank. It made us comfortable because we knew they had the money, and it made them feel comfortable because they knew that the EXIM Bank was involved.”

Laura Teter
Miller Weldmaster

 

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Take Advantage of E-Commerce to Unlock International Markets

If you have a web presence, you have a global marketing and international sales platform. The right e-commerce providers can help you process international credit card payments and even translate pages into other languages. Some e-commerce marketplaces will also ship your goods to fulfillment warehouses located in major commercial centers worldwide. FedEx Logistics can help you find cost-effective ways to restock that warehouse inventory by shipping in bulk quantities.

If you’re just starting to explore international e-commerce opportunities, starting with a market similar to the U.S. can help — Canada can be a strong first step for many new exporters.

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Plan Your Approach

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Build Your Export Plan

Assess your current exporting approach and prepare for what’s next with tips to guide your growth at every stage.

Take the assessment
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Explore Market Conditions

Get detailed information about market conditions and more for over 125 countries with individual Country Commercial Guides.

Country Commercial Guides
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Ensure Compliance

Before you ship internationally, make sure your shipment’s contents follow the rules and regulations required by their destination.

Compliance Guide
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We’re Here to Help

Looking for more information about which services are right for your business? Get free expert advice from a FedEx consultant here.

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Know and Grow

View the latest events to help you gain additional knowledge and advice on exporting.

 

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date(s):
July 24–25, 2019

Facilitated by:
Bureau of Industry Security & Missouri District Export Council

 

Description:
Complying with U.S. Export Controls is a two-day program led by BIS's professional counseling staff. It provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Cost: $575.

 

Powering and Building the Middle East and Africa

Type:
Seminar

Date(s): 
Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2019

Facilitated by:
U.S. Commercial Service

Topics:
Energy and Infrastructure Opportunities in the Middle East and Africa

Location:
Houston, TX

Registration and Information:
https://live.eventtia.com/en/middleeastafrica/Home/

Description:
At the 19th edition of Discover Global Markets business forum, the U.S. Commercial Service will help U.S. firms access oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity infrastructure, construction, engineering and transportation sectors in the Middle East and Africa. Cost: $495.