Illinois International Trade Center At Kaskaskia College
Why Consider Exporting?
The international marketplace is a $4 trillion opportunity where American products can be
competitive and profitable. Ninety-five percent of the world's population and two-thirds of
total world purchasing power are located outside the United States. Exporting offers the
opportunity to open new markets, broaden customer bases and reduce seasonal fluctuations
characteristic of domestic sales. New and expanded information tools and services make it
easier for firms of all sizes to enter the international marketplace.
Exporting has become a lucrative activity for many U.S. companies, but all of them began by
making the critical decisions necessary to expand their market outside the USA. Formulating
a solid export strategy requires a critical examination of the capabilities and resources of one's
Key Areas of Support
Work with non-exporting companies to explore their possibility of exporting.
Work with companies already exporting and wanting to expand.
Help with logistics questions and transaction details.
Help with foreign country documentation requirements so that goods will enter smoothly.
Help determine proper Harmonized/Schedule B classifications for products.
Encourage companies/local banks to take advantage of US government export financing
programs such as supply pre-export loans and receivable insurance.
Host periodic Seminars:
Becoming Export Ready
Illinois Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center at
Kaskaskia College are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration
in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and
Kaskaskia College as a service to Illinois small businesses. All SBA programs are
extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.