Ready to start exporting? We have a TON of valuable resources to make sure you get started on the right track!
January is a time for resolutions and fresh starts so we thought it was the perfect time to go back over some of the basics about exporting.
For those of you just starting out or even thinking about exporting this will be a helpful guide to some first steps and the resources available to you through Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast. For those of you who have been exporting for a while it will be a helpful refresher and maybe even show you some resources we have that you weren’t aware of!
So let’s start at the beginning.
You’re a small business with a focus on the U.S. market making good strides, why should you think about learning how and where to export your products?
There are MANY advantages to exporting and you can read a full detailed list on our website. We’ll start by saying that exporting is an excellent way to expand and grow your business. 95% of the world’s population and two-thirds of total world purchasing power are located outside of the United States. That’s a pretty large audience you’re missing out on if you don’t export.
Exports of consumer food products are growing 3 times faster than sales here in the U.S. They have soared in recent years in response to international consumers’ growing purchasing power and lower trade barriers.
Availability of International Markets
Did you know that the U.S. currently has over 20 Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) in force with countries around the world to help decrease America’s trade deficit? These FTA’s have lowered many trade restrictions for U.S. products, giving U.S. exporters an unprecedented level of access to international markets.
Export Assistance Is Available
Many companies shy away from exporting because they don’t know how or where to get started. Fortunately, help is available! Food Export-Midwest, Food Export-Northeast and your local state agricultural promotion agencies can provide your company with a wide range of export assistance to help introduce you to the world of exporting.
And we’ve been doing this for a while, 50 years for Food Export-Midwest and 45 years for Food Export-Northeast so we have the knowledge and connections in the industry to help you achieve export success!
Benefits of Exporting – For You
Entering the market takes know-how.
Food Export has a set of educational programs and activities that can help give you that know-how knowledge. Learn the why’s and how’s of exporting and see what opportunities may be waiting for you!
The right export education is vital to being prepared to begin the process of exporting. We’ve heard before from the international buyers participating in our various events that they really like the products and/or company but they simply aren’t ready for exporting yet. But YOU CAN BE.
We have all the resources you need on our website, and many of them are free!
Train when you want, where you want with our Export Essentials Online. An 11 Module learn as you go online program that offers an introduction to exporting. Web-based materials provide you with maximum flexibility.
Each month we have new topical LIVE webinars to continue expanding your education. We also have an extensive backlog of recorded webinars for you to watch so you can take your education into your own hands and watch at the right pace for you.
Throughout the year Food Export hosts a variety of in person seminars on important export topics. This is a great opportunity for in person learning and networking in the industry.
One of the ways that Food Export communicates the benefits of exporting to your company is through video!
Get new info about our programs, services, and export markets with our Export Intelligence Video Series. We even have country specific videos that can help you expand your education for a certain region or market segment.
Speaking of country specific information take a look at our Country & Market Profiles page. Here we have 44 in depth country reports sharing a variety of information from the current amount of U.S. ag exports to the country, to best prospect products, to recent Foreign Ag Service GAIN Reports.
This is a great place to learn more about specific markets that you may be interested in exporting to and find out what products are the best fit for those markets.
Another valuable tool when learning to export is the Food Export Helpline™. Whether you’re new to exporting or experienced there are always specific issues and questions that are unique to your company, products, and export markets.
The Food Export HelplineTM enables you to speak with an industry expert who’ll put more than 34 years of experience to work for you. There are no canned answers, only insightful, customized advice specifically for you.
It will help you to navigate the sometimes murky waters of exporting and prove to be an invaluable resource in gaining international sales.
We hope this helps start you on your journey of exporting. If you have any questions about our programs and services free to reach out to the Liaison assigned to your state!
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