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International Trade: About

Exporting or Importing Can Expand Your Customer Base or Your Supply Chain

Getting Started in Exporting and Importing

New York City is undoubtedly one of the most important centers of international trade in the world. Every day, all kinds of consumer goods, commodities and professional services are exported and imported by New York City area companies through the metropolitan region's airports and seaports. Statistics on this activity are available in the International Trade section of NYCdata compiled by the Weissman Center for International Business, Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Many U.S. businesses can increase their bottom line by tapping into foreign customers among the 96% of the world's population found outside of the borders of the United States. The Business Center of The New York Public Library can direct you to the resources and programs to research potential international business opportunities. These resources can be categorized into-

  • handbooks and manuals
  • country industry and market research
  • trade leads/finding customers
  • terms of sale and payment
  • sources of finance
  • export/import regulations
  • logistics and shipping
  • domestic and foreign business directories
  • assistance organizations

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