International Trade Center Resources

Export Planning & Market Research

Developing an Export Plan
https://www.trade.gov/develop-export-plan

Sample Export Plan
https://www.trade.gov/sample-export-plan

International Market Research – Planning and Resources
https://www.trade.gov/international-market-research

Country Commercial Guides
https://www.trade.gov/ccg-landing-page

Export Training Video Library
https://legacy.export.gov/How-to-Export

Export Logistics

Navigating Shipping and Logistics
https://www.trade.gov/navigate-shipping-and-logistics

Schedule B Finder
https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/index.html

Export Logistics Partners
https://www.shippingsolutions.com/blog/whos-who-in-export-logistics

Methods of Payments in International Trade
https://www.trade.gov/methods-payment

Export Documentation
https://www.shippingsolutions.com/blog/shipping-documentation-process

Incoterms 2020
https://iccwbo.org/resources-for-business/incoterms-rules/incoterms-2020/

Licensed Freight Forwarder Database
https://www2.fmc.gov/oti/FF.aspx

U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements

FTA Tariff Tool
https://beta.trade.gov/fta

Trade Financing

Trade Financing Guide
https://www.trade.gov/trade-finance-guide-quick-reference-us-exporters

Export Loans – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/export-products

Trade Finance Solutions – EXIM (Export-Import Bank of the United States)
https://www.exim.gov/what-we-do/get-financing

Agricultural Export Financing – Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS-USDA)
https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/export-financing

Foreign Direct Investment Funding – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
https://www.dfc.gov/what-we-offer-our-products/debt-financing

Export Promotion Programs

Illinois’ State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) Program
https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/smallbizassistance/export/pages/istepprogram.aspx

Trade Mission Schedule – Illinois Office of Trade and Investment
https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Export/Pages/TradeMissionsPrograms.aspx

U.S. Department of Agriculture
https://www.fas.usda.gov/index.php

Food Export Association of the Midwest U.S.A.
https://www.foodexport.org/

U.S. Commercial Service Trade Mission Schedule
https://legacy.export.gov/Trade-Missions

Services to Current Exporters – U.S. Commercial Service
https://www.trade.gov/services-current-exporters

Services to New Exporters  – U.S. Commercial Service
https://www.trade.gov/introductory-services-exporters-plan-and-assess

Export Compliance

Basic Steps for Export Compliance
https://www.shippingsolutions.com/blog/six-basic-steps-for-export-compliance

U.S. Export Regulations
https://www.trade.gov/us-export-regulations

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – BIS
https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/regulations/export-administration-regulations-ear

Introduction to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Compliance
https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/itar/tutorial-1

Interactive Decision Tool – determine if your products are regulated under ITAR
https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/ddtc_public?id=ddtc_public_portal_dt_order_of_review

ITAR Compliance Guidelines
https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/ddtc_public?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=4f06583fdb78d300d0a370131f961913

Elements of an Effective Export Compliance Program
https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/documents/pdfs/1641-ecp/file

Compliance for Nuclear Exports – U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/ip/export-import.html