Resource Library for the Exporter
This library provides export tutorials, how to's, and websites to provide the exporter with the tools needed to learn and implement effective trade. We have gathered resources based on requests and input from the trade community. Information listed is constantly being updated in order to provide the most current and relevant information. Be sure to see our resources page for a complete listing of general research, transportation, legal, and financial resources to further assist your export endeavors.
Export How To
Find answers to frequently asked export related questions.
How do I determine if my product needs an export license?
A relatively small percentage of total U.S. exports and reexports require a license, in fact less than 5% of total U.S. exports require a license. You, as the exporter, must determine whether your export requires a license. License requirements are dependent upon many factors. For more information, click here.
How do I determine my Schedule B number?
The Schedule B number is needed to complete the Shipper’s Export Declaration, Certificates of Origin and other shipping documents. Learn more about how to determine your Schedule B number.
What partners do I need for an international transaction?
The following are a list of partners you may need to complete your international transaction. See our Resources for a list of local contacts.
- Professional Consultant
- International Attorney
- International Bank
- Customs Broker
- Logistics Provider/Freight Forwarder
What are the basic required documents to export?
The following documents are commonly used in exporting, but specific requirements vary by destination and product. For assistance with country-specific documentation requirements, please contact us.
*Country specific requirements exist.
**SED must be filed via AES Direct (free service from Census and Customs) online system.
What are INCOTERMS?
INCOTERMS define the rights an obligations of the parties of the contract with respect to delivery of goods.
*Please note that INCOTERMS have been revised. The most recent version, INCOTERMS 2010, is now in effect as of January 1 2011. Although it is not required that INCOTERMS 2010 be used, buyers and sellers should take caution to ensure that all parties are aware of which version of INCOTERMS is being used in transactions.
International Trade Statistics
WISER provides high quality trade statistics, data expertise, and technical support and WISER makes its trade data available in a variety of formats. Their online database is an invaluable tool for businesses, trade service providers, libraries, universities and other trade data users who want immediate access to the most comprehensive and timely US trade databases available online.
STAT-USA/Internet, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a single point of access to authoritative business, trade, and economic information from across the Federal Government.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the U.S. people and economy.
United Nations Statistics Division
The United Nations Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. Statistics Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.
BIS (Bureau of Industry & Security)
BIS of the US Department of Commerce is responsible to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. This is the US agency responsible for Export Control except that controlled under ITAR.
Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Database
The Export Administration Regulations administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security, among other things, provides specific instructions on the use and types of export licenses required for certain commodities, software, and technology. These regulations are located in 15 CFR parts 730 through 774.
Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. We assume credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. We also help to level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters.
ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)
Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act authorizes the control of the export and import of defense articles and defense services on the US Munitions List. ITAR is regulated by the US Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
NAFTA resolves trade disputes between national industries and/or governments in a fair, timely and impartial manner. The NAFTA Secretariat, comprised of a Canadian Section, a Mexican Section and a United States Section, is responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This site is a joint collaborative endeavor of the three national sections. It contains information on the dispute settlement proceedings, legal texts and panel decisions and reports respecting the NAFTA.
OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control)
The OFAC of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.
US Census Bureau
US Census is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics (US International Trade Data) and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. It also administers the US AES (Automated Export System). The AES is a computer system that collects Electronic Export Information (EEI).
US Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
The U.S. Government views the sale, export, and re-transfer of defense articles and defense services as an integral part of safeguarding U.S. national security and furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives. The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2778-2780 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130), is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML).
USTR (Office of the US Trade Representative)
The USTR is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. This office is responsible for negotiating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms & Dual-Use Goods & Technologies
The Wassenaar Arrangement has been established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations. Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.