You don't have to read every book and newspaper article ever published on exporting to do it yourself. Check out the following Web sites; they just may be the quickest way to get started.
- For a listing of foreign trade organizations and chamber of commerce offices in the United States, visit http://www.yahoo.com/economy/organizations/international_trade This list will hook you up with everyone from the Estonian Chamber of Commerce to the British-American Business Council.
- Manufacturers need to keep abreast of international standards for the products they make. To stay in the know, look at http://www.ansi.org//home.html which lists information on all 12,500 U.S. standards and details international certification requirements.
- Want to have your company's trade profile matched with trade lead sources? Then subscribe to IBM's Global Business Forum at http://www. pragmatix.com/gbf A subscription isn't cheap ($2,000 per year), but it may be worth it for your business. Trade leads come from 500 international banks, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United Nations. If you subscribe, trade leads will be e-mailed to you daily.
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