Massachusetts Export Center

Massachusetts Export Center Publications

The Massachusetts Export Center has developed a wide array of publications designed to help Massachusetts companies understand and plan international business activities. Many of these publications also list contacts helpful to exporters.

All publications are free of charge and available for Massachusetts businesses only. To download one of our publications, simply complete our request for information.
 

    A Basic Guide to Exporting
    Agricultural Export Transportation Handbook by USDA
    Bankable Deals: A Question &  Answer Guide to Trade Finance for U.S. Small Business
    Breaking Into the Trade Game
    Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Laws for Non-U.S. Businesses
    A Guide to Documentary Payments & Short-Term Trade Finance
   

How to Start an Export/Import Business

    Importing into the U.S.
   

International Business Plan Workbook

   

International Trade Reporter e-newsletter

   

Massachusetts Export Resources Guide

   

Northeast Export Magazine

   

Partners for Trade Seminar and Registration Guide

    Protect Your Intellectual Property: Stop Trade in Fakes!
   

Start Thinking Export!

 

ThinkGlobal Massachusetts

    Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters
    U.S. Import Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Start Thinking Export

A complete guide aimed at assisting small and medium sized companies to become successful exporters. The guide provides basic information on the many aspects of exporting and provides insight on creating a successful international trade strategy for your company. This publication is free of charge for Massachusetts companies.

Published by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network and the Massachusetts Export Center

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Massachusetts Export Resources Guide

The Massachusetts Export Resources Guide provides comprehensive listings of public and private sector export service providers, along with a description of services offered by each of the organizations and companies listed. Types of organizations listed include: state and federal government agencies; foreign business associations; foreign consulates; international accounting firms; international banks; international business consultants; export management companies; freight forwarders; air cargo companies and steamship lines; export insurance companies; international lawyers; and translation services.

ThinkGlobal Incorporated, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Export Center, is updating the resource guide in a new online format.

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Importing into the U.S.

This publication explains process of importing goods into the U.S., including informed compliance, invoices, duty assessments, classification and value, marking, special requirements, fraud and foreign trade zones.


U.S. Import Requirements

This publication explains import requirements for a person interested in establishing an importing business or a person who may be importing something for personal use only - not for resale.

Presented by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security. CBP combined the inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire U.S. Border Patrol.

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International Business Plan Workbook

This workbook is designed to help companies develop a well- planned international business strategy. The workbook helps companies to: prepare for exporting; choose the best products or services for export; thoroughly research overseas markets; select the best target markets and distribution partners; develop the best tactics and strategies for doing business abroad; prepare an export budget; and maintain an export strategy implementation schedule. This publication is free of charge for Massachusetts companies.

Published by the U.S. Small Business Administration

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How to Start an Export/Import Business

This publication is designed to help individuals establish export management or trading companies in Massachusetts. The booklet explains the differences between trading and export management companies, and goes through the steps of both exporting and importing, specifically as these processes relate to export/import companies. This publication is free of charge for Massachusetts companies.

Presented by the Massachusetts Export Center

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Partners for Trade Seminar and Registration Guide

Published twice yearly, the Partners for Trade Seminar and Registration Guide includes complete information on the Massachusetts Export Center's Partners for Trade series of export seminars. Information provided in the Guide includes seminar topics, dates, descriptions, speakers and directions. 

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Northeast Export Magazine

Published six times a year, Northeast Export is designed to provide companies interested in exporting with timely information and helpful tips to improve the profitability and functionality of their global marketing programs. Complimentary subscriptions are available free of charge for Massachusetts companies. For your free subscription, go to Northeast Export's website at www.northeast-export.com and click on 'subscribe'.

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ThinkGlobal Massachusetts

A leading source of news and information for importers, exporters and service providers involved in international trade. A free print version is available to Massachusetts businesses and an electronic version is available online at www.thinkglobal.net. News and calendar submissions are welcome from both the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit associations. Only news and information relevant to international trade will be considered.

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Annual Reports

The reports outline the Massachusetts Export Centers activities and successes. Reports also highlight comments from exporters who received assistance through the Massachusetts Export Center. These comments testify to the level of service provided by the Massachusetts Export Center's team of international trade professionals located throughout Massachusetts.

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Agricultural Export Transportation Handbook

This United States Department of Agriculture publication provides a list of resources to help answer these questions. But mainly, the handbook looks at the transportation portion of the export process, that is, how to physically move agricultural products overseas with a focus on shipping high-value or value-added agricultural products.

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International Trade Reporter

A free e-newsletter from the Massachusetts Export Center which is sent to over 4,500 people interested in international trade and business related issues throughout the Commonwealth. Features include time-sensitive regulation updates, news flashes, and other subjects of interest to the international business community. Links to our calendar of events and seminars are also included.

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Breaking Into The Trade Game

Now in its third edition, this publication answers questions and takes much of the mystery out of exporting. It contains information on how to maximize your international opportunities through the use of new technology. The U.S. government works hard to provide small businesses with the tools to succeed in the international marketplace. Small businesses are vital to the health of the U.S. economy.

Published by the U.S. Small Business Administration

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A Basic Guide to Exporting

Topics in this guide include: developing an export strategy, market research, making the government work for you, making contacts, methods/channels, preparing your product for export, legal considerations, shipping, pricing and how to conduct business abroad.

Published by the U.S. Department of Commerce

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Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Laws
for Non-U.S. Businesses

This guide is intended to provide foreign businessmen and women with an introduction to the basic kinds of laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in the United States, and particularly in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Published by the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP

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Bankable Deals: A Question &  Answer Guide to Trade Finance for U.S. Small Business

This publication explores how a business can acquire funding for export operations, and most importantly, how to make sure that it's properly paid. Funding sources covered include both government and private, and sometimes a combination of both.

Published by the U.S. Small Business Administration

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A Guide to Documentary Payments & Short-Term Trade Finance

Doing business with someone in another country is more complicated than just finding ways to transport goods over long distances. This 65-page primer discusses letters of credit, documentary draft collections, import and export financing, and other banking services for exporters and importers.

Presented by the ABN AMRO Bank

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Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters

This guide, published in April 2007, is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), learn the basic fundamentals of trade finance to turn their export opportunities into actual sales. This guide provides general information about common techniques of export financing.

Published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

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Protect Your Intellectual Property: Stop Trade in Fakes!

Intellectual property rights encourage the innovation and creativity that is fundamental to sustained economic growth. Unfortunately, the growing global trade in pirated and counterfeit goods threatens innovation, workers livelihoods, health, and safety. Fake products account for an estimated 5 to 7 percent of global trade. This trade costs legitimate rights holders around the world billions of dollars annually.
      In October 2004, the Bush Administration announced the Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!), a comprehensive program to stop trade in pirated and counterfeit goods. Through STOP!, the U.S. government is working to make it easier for rights holders to obtain and enforce their intellectual property rights at home and abroad.

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