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Tips for Exporting in a Non-Travel Environment

May 27, 2020

As questions swirl about the long-term impact of COVID-19 and international travel and large events are discouraged because of social distancing practices, the importance of finding alternatives for exploring new export markets is crucial. Food Export - Midwest and Food Export - Northeast have an array of services that help suppliers continue exporting in a non-travel, non-event environment. These online and phone-based services offer a variety of options for U.S. suppliers to continue to expand their exporting efforts remotely.

Ramp Up Online Presence 

From social media, to general website updates, managing and consistently updating online content is a great way to promote your product overseas when you can't travel.  Through the Food Export Branded Program, a supplier's social media content and websites can be targeted to international markets.

Take Advantage of Wholesale Online Selling with Alibaba 

Suppliers can take advantage of our partnership with Alibaba, which allows companies to set up virtual stores on the platform to help you reach a global audience of buyers instantly. To make it easy for Midwest and Northeast U.S. food and agriculture suppliers, Food Export covers the cost of the supplier’s store set up fee through the Branded Program. By using this program, suppliers can also benefit from 50% off of Alibaba’s annual global store fee.

Utilize the Virtual Consultations Service to Learn More about a New Market 

When developing foreign market export and expansion plans, it’s common to have questions that are hard to answer without market knowledge. Our newly launched Virtual Consultations service allows suppliers to connect directly with our global network of In- Market Representatives in 30-minute one-on-one sessions. Food Export has 19 In-Market Representatives covering over 75 of the top global export markets around the globe. 

Suppliers submit their questions in advance of the scheduled meeting to ensure that every minute of the session is customized and useful for customers. During these sessions, our In-Market Representatives will help you gain export confidence and maximize your in-market activities. 

While eliminating travel can be disruptive to a supplier’s business, there are numerous options to take advantage of. Not sure where to start? Contact the Food Export - Midwest and Food Export - Northeast liaison for your state today and they will help you get started with the services that fit your needs.  

View a complete list of non-travel/virtual services offered by Food Export - Midwest and Food Export - Northeast on the COVID-19 Resources page of our website.