US EXPORT COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE
The U.S. government provides essential information on foreign markets. (www.export.gov). A lot of help is available to your company at little or no cost and makes the exporting process much easier. This chapter gives a brief overview of the assistance available through federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as in the private sector.
U.S. COMMERCIAL SERVICE EXPORT ASSISTANCE CENTERS
The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce maintains a network of international trade specialists in the United States to help American companies export their products and conduct business abroad. International trade specialists are employed in offices known as Export Assistance Centers in more than 100 cities in the United States and Puerto Rico to assist U.S. exporters, particularly small and medium-sized companies. Export Assistance Centers are known as “one-stop shops” because they combine the trade and marketing expertise and resources of the Commercial Service along with the financial expertise and resources of the Small Business Administration and the Export-Import Bank. (See attached document for details).
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