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Small Business Hub: A Research Guide for Entrepreneurs

Going International

Going international can mean setting up a business in another country, exporting your products, or importing products to sell. Importing requires following customs rules, and accounting for duties, which can vary depending on the goods and where they are coming from. Duties, or taxes paid to customs, are higher for restricted items or items from restricted countries, and can also be higher for goods from industries that are domestic priorities. Exporting usually only requires a customs declaration, and normally does not need any license or permission unless they are military-use goods or being sent to restricted countries. However, your buyers may have to pay an import fee on the other end to receive the goods. 


Starting points:

  1. Get educated about exporting.
  2. Gauge your export readiness.
  3. Research global markets, financing options, payment methods.
  4. Make use of the resources from SBA, U.S. Commercial Service, EXIM Bank.

Suggested strategies:

  • Use the export guides on the site by International Trade Administration.
  • Talk to a SBA Export Assistance representative.
  • Find a SCORE mentor External who can help you become an exporter or importer.

Select Resources

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

The subscription resources below marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

These are freely available online sources provided by government agencies, trade publications, and organizations.