A Newly Revised Guide Helps U.S. Businesses Meet the Challenges of Exporting
First published in the early 1990s, a completely updated edition of the Export Programs Guide has just been issued. This detailed guide gives exporters a wealth of information on more than 100 federal programs that offer counseling and assistance to current exporters and businesses looking to expand overseas.
by Gary Bouck
U.S. companies looking for sources of information and assistance have a completely updated version of an old and reliable tool with the recent publication of the 2009 edition of Export Programs Guide. The book, published with support from the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), contains detailed descriptions of more than 100 programs offered by 20 different federal agencies. It is the most comprehensive guide to federal programs designed to assist U.S. exporters.
The TPCC is an interagency body comprising 20 federal agencies that are responsible for programs and policies that affect international trade. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke is the chair of the committee.
“As many new and successful exporters have discovered, exporting can be an important source of growth, yet challenging,” noted Locke in the introduction. “The information in this guide can ease this challenge by offering the support and assistance [needed] to become a successful exporter.”
“A Terrific Resource”
Since its initial publication in 1993, the Export Programs Guide has been a useful resource for experienced exporters and for novice exporters looking to learn more about the many resources available from numerous federal agencies.
According to Sam Tsoming, business development specialist in the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Seattle, Washington, the book “is the definitive resource for information on federal export assistance.” Rose Braden, program manager with the Evergreen Building Products Association, echoed that sentiment: “The Export Programs Guide is a terrific resource to me as I counsel the members of the Evergreen Building Products Association who are embarking on exporting.”
General and Detailed Information
The information in the new edition is organized into 10 chapters, beginning with general export counseling and assistance and moving to sources of industry- and country-specific counseling and assistance. Each entry includes a brief description of the program and complete contact information.
Sections of the guide offer information on sources of trade leads; market research programs; special market access and technical assistance programs; export finance, insurance, and non-agricultural grant programs; and agricultural export and finance programs.
Other sections focus on programs in areas such as health, performance quality, safety inspection and certification, and export licenses and controls. A valuable appendix offers complete contact information for the more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers that are located around the country and the 20 member agencies of the TPCC.
Gary Bouck is an international trade specialist with the Department of Commerce’s Trade Information Center.
For More Information
Copies of the 2009 Export Programs Guide are available from the Trade Information Center, tel.: 1-800-USA-TRAD(E) (1-800-872-8723); www.export.gov. Printed copies may also be purchased from the U.S. Government Bookstore, tel.: 1-866-512-1800; http://bookstore.gpo.gov. Ask for stock number 003-009-00737-2. The cost is $10.50 per copy, which includes shipping and handling. The guide is also available on the Web at www.export.gov/exportprogramsguide.