These frequently asked questions from businesses considering engaging in international trade can help you better assess your export readiness and understand what you need to know before pursuing an international business strategy.
Frequently asked questions
My business would like to start exporting, but the process seems so complex. How do we get started?
It’s not as complex as it seems. Save time and get advice on how to access new markets faster by contacting FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service at 1-800-USA-TRADE (872-8732).
How do I determine the best global markets for my products and how can I find and qualify buyers in those markets?
If you have no previous experience exporting, you can get a feel for the process and learn the steps by purchasing and consulting the Basic Guide to Exporting, a very complete primer for small to medium-sized businesses. If you have an export plan or have experience with international business, a good resource is market research prepared by the U.S. Commercial Service. You can also consult with a US. Commercial Service specialist about your plans and research needs.
I’m not sure what paperwork, documentation and licenses are required for exporting my product. How can I get help?
FedEx provides international shipping assistance to businesses just like yours every day. You can access information about documentation for your international shipments online at FedEx International Document Overview. Once you’ve determined your document needs, you can also save time by using FedEx Document Preparation Center to prepare, store and reuse your export documentation.
If you need further assistance concerning documentation or licenses, contact a FedEx dedicated trade specialist at 1-800-USA-TRADE (872-8723).
I want to start exporting, but I’m not sure if I have the proper financing to ensure profitability. How can I take steps to ensure my business will make money?
Export finance issues are an important part of any export plan. If you don't have a plan yet, you can consult the Basic Guide to Exporting or talk directly to one of our dedicated trade specialists at 1-800-USA-TRADE (872-8723). The U.S. Commercial Service also provides descriptions of export finance tools and products to help get you started.
Who can I contact if I have an export-related problem or question?
We encourage you to contact FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service before your business begins the export process. Through our extensive exporting experience and expertise, we can help your business avoid the challenges associated with exporting — before you encounter them.
However, if you have questions about an export-related issue, you can contact a FedEx dedicated trade specialist at 1-800-USA-TRADE (872-8723). You may also choose to locate a U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in your area.