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Contact North Idaho SBDC at 208.665.5085 or nisbdc@nic.edu if you are interested in our export services.


Helpful Documents

Export documentation  – Link to documents that are commonly used in exporting.

Preparing Your Business for Global E-Commerce  (PDF) – Information on how to complete international sales and how to integrate that information into your business.


Online Resources


Foreign Policy Association

International Trade Administration

Getting Started in Exporting – A wizard tool to help you determine your business’s preparedness for exporting.  This tool will also guide you to the appropriate resources.

Export Questionnaire – A short nine question quiz that highlights the characteristics common to successful exporters. You will receive a score that will help you to assess your export readiness, and identification of areas your business needs to strengthen to improve its export activities.

Basic Guide to Exporting – Link to the free 1998 edition of, “A Basic Guide to Exporting.”

Export Business Planner – Brought to you by the SBA, the Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting. Using the planner, you can work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning via a ready-made, easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced time and again as your export business grows.

Tips for New Importers and Exporters

“Doing Business In Guides” – Available for more than 100 countries, prepared by market experts located at U.S. embassies worldwide.

Market research library – Contains more than 100,000 industry and market specific reports.

A Step-by-Step Approach to Market Research – Find potential markets, assess targeted markets, draw conclusions, test demand – the U.S. government’s repository of the latest information prepared by commercial and economic experts in U.S. embassies worldwide.

Trade Stats Express – a powerful tool for identifying target markets.

Top Export Destinations for Idaho

The World Factbook – A broad range of information and statistics for 266 world entities.

Trade Finance Guide – A quick reference for U.S. companies that is designed to help small-medium sized companies learn the basics of trade finance.Export Loan Programs – Loan programs from the Small Business Administration that are specifically designed to help develop or expand the export activities of small businesses.

Business.usa.gov – Resources that cover financing your export business, obtaining credit insurance, financing for international buyers, and other forms of credit protection.

Tariffs and Import Fees

Packaging Products for Shipping


Shipping Options – There are several ways to ship your product overseas including an international  freight forwarder, use of a Shipper’s Association, delivery or mail services, or arranging your own shipping.

The U.S. Government offers U.S. companies insurance for both export transactions and for the political risk associated with overseas investments.

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