Selling to other countries is especially rewarding when you actually get paid. However, depending on where you're exporting to, how quickly you receive payment can vary wildly. If you ship a pallet of cookies to Italy, don't hold your breath waiting for a check. Send the same to Finland, and you can usually expect payment in less than a month.
Curious to know how long it will take to get paid? According to the annual European Business Survey by Chicago-based consulting firms Grant Thornton International and Business Strategies Ltd., you can guesstimate based on the following chart:
Average number of days it takes to get paid:
United Kingdom: 50