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This section is the result of over 18 years research into Department of Commerce publications. Since the DOC is prohibited by federal law from advertising about its publications in anything but other DOC publications, most business professionals have never heard of most, if any, of its publications. In addition, few DOC Webpages have meta tags so search engines rarely return DOC pages when searched for.

Want to know how to do business in Mexico, what the business environment is like in Canada, or who to contact to sell things to Brazil? If so, these documents can help.

The task of developing a viable export program can be difficult for a small business, but it's far from impossible, given the resources available from the Department of Commerce's Globus and National Trade Bata Bank (NTDB) services. These documents, from the Department of Commerce, are designed to help American businesses in their attempt to develop new markets outside of the United States. The information below is a fraction of what is available at STAT-USA.

For an overview of Stat-USA services read International Marketing Resources on the Net: A Guide to Using GLOBUS & NTDB. For further information on STAT-USA products and services, visit their Website at

Trade Statistics - Great new data lookups!
  Global Patterns of U.S. Merchandise Trade - imports, exports and ballance.
Product Profiles of U.S. Merchandise Trade with a Selected Market
U.S. Trade Quick-Reference Tables - by country, for each 10-digit code.
Export Totals for All 50 States - in convenient table format.
State Exports by Country - state exports based on destination country.
Global Patterns of a State's Exports - State exports by commodity exported.
Export Product Profile to a Selected Market - State exports based on commodity exported.

Background Notes

Background Notes are factual publications that contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States. For a list of the countries in a region of the world (with links to respective country pages) go to the Country Information section in each of these areas: AfricaEast Asia and Pacific,   Europe and Eurasia (including the New Independent States of the former U.S.S.R.), Near East, South Asia,  and the Western Hemisphere 

The Best of Export America

Export America is published by the Department of Commerce to help American businesses to export their products and services. This is a collection of the best articles from the last two years.

Foreign Trade Data Frequently Asked Questions

Foreign Trade Data FAQ is a comprehensive look at the trade information resourses available from the Department of Commerce. This is a great place to start!

An Internet Guide to Export Trade Leads:
  U.S. Government | Country Specific | Industry/ Product Specific

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  This site offers the full text ot the North American Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States, and the Government of the United States of America.

Export Regulations

The Export Documents Webpage features information about U.S. Export Controls and Licenses. This information is essential reading for anyone wanting to export products or services.

International Trade Administration Publications

The ITA Publications This is the central source for access to the studies and reports published by the International Trade Administration.


Country Commercial Guides are now free!!!

Country Commerce Guides are now available, free, for over 100 different countries in the Market Research section of BuyUSA. These guides, some over 200 pages long, used to cost $20.00 per guide to download from the Department of Commerce site STAT-USA. Now the DOC offers them for free. Just click on Market Research and select Report Type = Country Commercal Guides, and then select a Country and hit the GO button to get the reports you want.

Note: Sometimes this site doesn't return selections, or is down.

Library of Congress Portal to Other Countries
  Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. When completed, the project will include all the nations of the world.

  A Basic Guide to Exporting
Breaking Into the Trade Game: A Small Business Guide to Exporting
2005 National Export Strategy
International Trade Administration Bookstore

  Export America MonthlyTop notch articles on international trade.
BISNIS Business Information Service for Newly Independent States
CEEBIC UpdateWeekly e-mail publication on economic developments in Southeast Europe NEW!
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