Learn how to export, connect with foreign buyers, handle trade challenges and expand operations in new markets. These 12 Export Solutions give you advice, tools and market intelligence for a successful international sales strategy.
Trade professionals at the U.S. Commercial Service (CS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, developed this toolkit. The CS offers U.S. companies a wide range of expertise and services in international trade. Find local export assistance in more than 100 offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices.
Know who you are working with by searching the Consolidated Screening List. This list, maintained by the U.S. Government, discloses persons or entities have been denied export privileges or who raise a “Red Flag” that needs to be resolved before proceeding. You can also search the list to find restrictions on certain exports, reexports or transfers of items.
Learn more about the Consolidated Screening List, or sign up for email alerts that the list has been updated.
To successfully complete an export transaction, you are going to need to classify your product, and create its Schedule B number, with the help of a Harmonized System Classification code (HS Code).
HS Codes are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products for tax reasons, and are harmonized (agreed upon) among governments. To create the Schedule B code and fully classify your product, a U.S.-specific coding system is added to your HS code.
To easily find your code, use the Schedule B search engine.
A tariff or duty is a tax levied by governments on the value including freight and insurance of imported products. Different tariffs are applied on different products by different countries. You will need your HS code to use these tools, see the Product Classification tab for more information.
Explore the benefits of the current U.S. free trade agreements using your HS code using the FTA Tariff Tool.
Make sure you and your customers are speaking the same trade language with Incoterms. These internationally recognized rules can help you interpret trade terms and will define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers in any export transaction.
Catch up with the latest version, Incoterms® 2020, and ensure smooth transactions and avoid potentially costly mistakes!
Social Media and Email
As the official export promotion site of the U.S. Government, ExportGov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Follow our social media channels or subscribe to an email list and find events, services, tips and market research to help U.S. businesses at all stages of exporting.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 Federal Agencies that offer export assistance programs and services.
Follow the official @ExportGov Facebook account for updates and news.
Follow the official @ExportGov Twitter account for events and announcements.
Follow the official @ExportGov LinkedIn account for exporting news and updates.
Learn about the various email lists that are maintained to keep the U.S. exporter informed.