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Assessing Risk in Export Markets

David Noah | September 16, 2020 | Export Markets

Do you want to go bungee jumping?

Perhaps this seems like a strange question, but stay with me. Are people who bungee jump crazy? Or are they just having fun and seeking an adrenaline rush?

No matter your opinion, the point is that bungee jumpers have assessed the risk and determined that it is acceptable.

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Exporting to Mexico: What You Need to Know

David Noah | September 9, 2020 | Export Markets

The relationship between Mexico and the United States has been highly publicized as of late—from border walls to drug cartels to the USMCA. Despite the sometime contentious relationship between the two countries, U.S. exporters should still consider Mexico an exciting growth opportunity.

This article looks at the history of U.S. trade with Mexico; how the USMCA has altered trade with Mexico; the process of exporting to Mexico, including documentation and compliance requirements; and the benefits and considerations for U.S. companies looking to break into the Mexican market.

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6 Steps to Success for Exporting during Chinese New Year

David Noah | November 28, 2018 | Export Markets, Export Basics

新年快乐

Even if you can’t read the above characters, there’s a good chance their meaning is significant to you. The translation, “Happy Chinese New Year,” is a greeting shared by more than 1.3 billion Chinese citizens and millions of others across the globe who celebrate the holiday.

Chinese New Year has a significant impact on exporters because Chinese factories, ports and many other businesses in China actually close down during the holiday. Territories with significant Chinese populations, including Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines are also affected by the holiday; production and manpower come to a halt, slowing down international trade as well.

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18 Non-Tariff Trade Barriers Exporters Need to Know

David Noah | August 8, 2018 | Export Markets

Becoming a successful exporter is difficult enough without countries imposing barriers on your products meant to keep them out.

Tariffs are one barrier in the news right now that make exporting your goods more difficult by increasing the cost to your international customers. But there are also non-tariff barriers that governments can implement as well that make it difficult for exporters to succeed.

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Exporting to the UK: What You Need to Know

David Noah | March 7, 2018 | Export Markets

Despite its rocky start some 250 years ago, the United States’ trade history with the United Kingdom (U.K.) has blossomed into a mutually beneficial relationship—some 40,000 U.S. companies now export to the U.K. each year.

Thanks to a common language, low trade barrier, and the U.K.’s business-friendly environment, exporting to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland—the countries that make up the U.K.— should continue to grow.

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Exporting to India: What You Need to Know

David Noah | February 7, 2018 | Export Markets

Looking to break into the world’s fastest-growing economy? Then look toward India.

That’s right—by 2020, India will outrank China as the most populous country in the world. So what does the growth of this nation mean for its economy, and for exporters who may want to enter it?

Keep reading to get a look at the history of U.S. trade with India; the process of exporting to India, including documentation and compliance requirements; and the benefits and considerations for U.S. companies looking to break into the Indian market.

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Exporting to Japan: What You Need to Know

David Noah | November 15, 2017 | Export Markets

The United States’ relationship with Japan is an interesting and complex one—Japan’s culture, large middle class, aging population, and turbulent economic history blend to create an environment that makes exporting to Japan both promising and, in some cases, difficult.

In this article, I’ll look at the history of U.S. trade with Japan; the process of exporting to Japan; understanding cultural complexities; documentation and compliance requirements; and the benefits and considerations for U.S. companies looking to break into the Japanese market.

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Exporting to Canada: What You Need to Know

David Noah | October 25, 2017 | Export Markets

As our neighbor to the North, Canada is often the first place many U.S. exporters look to share their goods. A shared language, shared culture, and excellent economic relationship with Canada makes doing business there appealing to new and established exporters. And for good reason!

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Exporting to China: What You Need to Know

David Noah | September 20, 2017 | Export Markets

By some measures, China is the largest economy in the world. That makes it an undeniable force in international trade.

For many small to midsize exporters in the U.S., however, the formidable giant may seem like too big a beast to conquer with a relatively small budget. But that doesn't have to be the case.

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Tapping into the U.S. Commercial Service's In-Country Offices

David Noah | February 8, 2017 | Export Markets, Export Finance

Where should exporters turn when they need help expanding their markets and promoting their businesses internationally? One of the first places I point exporters toward is their local U.S Commercial Service office.

We talked with Meredith Bond, director of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Omaha office, who shared with us a bit more about how the Commercial Service can help exporters interested in beginning or expanding their global reach.

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