EXPORTING/INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Export.gov – www.export.gov/
Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government “to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeeding in today’s global marketplace.” The site offers an Export Basics primer as well as international market research, trade leads from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, export finance information from Export-Import Bank and the Small Business Administration, and agricultural export assistance from USDA.

globalEDGE™ – http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/
globalEDGE created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University, offers information on global business activities. A section of Country Insights provides current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data for around 200 countries. The site offers Market Potential Indicators for Emerging Markets, which ranks the market potential of 27 countries identified as an “Emerging Market” by The Economist magazine. A useful feature of the site is an annotated and rated list of global, regional, and country specific statistical data sources.

StatUSA – www.stat-usa.gov/
StatUSA is a low-cost subscription service ($200/year) offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The GLOBUS & NTDB section of the website provides international trade resources, including the NTDB Global Trade Directory, Country Commercial Guides, International Market Insight (IMI) reports, agricultural market research, and Industry Sector Analysis reports, all organized by country. There is much useful information here, but the search interface leaves something to be desired.

U.S. International Trade Statistics – www.census.gov/…
US ITS provides a broad and comprehensive range of foreign trade statistics that are available on a monthly, annual, and historical basis. Statistics include quantities, values, shipping weights, methods of transportation (air or vessel), duties collected, unit prices, and market share.

Trade Stats Express – http://tse.export.gov
The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with TradeStats Express™ . Retrieve, visualize, analyze, print and download your customized output.