Places to Look for Import and Export Help

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Places to Look for Import and Export Help. Photo Credit: Artist in doing nothing

You can never have too many resources to help you import and export.  Here are ten additional places to turn for help with importing and exporting.

1.  DipNote | U.S. Department of State Official Blog
http://blogs.state.gov

Through its websites and other online resources, the Department offers broad public access to a wide range of information. Blogs.state.gov offers the public an alternative source to mainstream media for U.S. foreign policy information.

This blog discusses important foreign policy issues with senior Department officials.

2.  ExportLawBlog
http://www.exportlawblog.com

ExportLawBlog is written and maintained by Clif Burns, a lawyer at Bryan Cave in Washington, DC, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  He focuses his practice on international business transactions, export controls, economic sanctions, customs and international intellectual property matters.

3.  International Trade Law News Blog
http://www.tradelawnews.com

International Trade Law News is edited by international trade attorney Douglas N. Jacobson, Esq., who is based in Washington, D.C.  Since 2003, International Trade Law News offers analysis and information on export controls, sanctions, customs law, FCPA, antidumping and other international trade issues.

4.  The Legal Export Assistance Network
U.S Small Business Administration International Trade Program
http://www.exportlegal.org/ELAN_Services.html

The Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN) program is a nationwide group of attorneys in private law firms that volunteer to provide an initial legal consultation free of charge to companies just beginning to export.  They operate or have a presence in 70 U.S. cities and the participation of more than 250 attorneys.

 Under ELAN, knowledgeable lawyers help new export companies learn the legal aspects of international trade, issues relating to export licensing, domestic and foreign taxation, tariffs, and intellectual property rights are just some of the topics covered.

5.  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
http://www.standardsportal.org

ANSI provides answers to the critical standards, conformance, market access, and trade-related questions that companies require to succeed in the U.S. and internationally.  Begin your review by following the links on the site to access information on your market of interest.

6.  Trade.gov State Reports
http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/

Trying to find out if your state supports exports and how much is it doing?  This is the place to visit.  Trade.gov state reports offer a sampling of the following:

  • The value of state merchandise exports.
  • The number of companies, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), that exported from the state.
  • The value of exports from a state's major metropolitan areas.

7.  Trade.gov Trade Agreements and Negotiations
http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/tradeagreements/index.asp

Debating on whether to enter a market or are you unsure if a trade agreement is in effect in your market of choice?

 This site offers information on the benefits of trade agreements by state.

8.  The Commerce Blog | Department of Commerce
https://www.commerce.gov/news/the-commerce-blog

The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. As part of the Obama administration’s economic team, the Secretary of Commerce serves as the voice of U.S. business within the President’s Cabinet.  At this site, you’ll find wide-ranging information – from the shift in policy on Cuba to data about the U.S. economy.  There’s something for everybody here that will help them get a better handle on global trade.

9.  The Export Practitioner
http://www.exportprac.com

The Export Practitioner has provided readers with expert reports on changes to U.S. export licensing rules, enforcement policies and regulations for defense and dual-use products and technology since 1987.

 Reports in The Export Practitioner will help you expedite your products through the government export licensing maze to customers abroad and avoid costly legal troubles. 

10.  The Global Small Business Blog
http://www.globalsmallbusinessblog.com

The Global Small Business Blog is the definitive blog for entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in going global.  The blog offers articles, resources and tips for taking a business global.  Full disclosure:  Laurel Delaney, expert for the Import and Export site, is also the founder and publisher of the Global Small Business Blog.