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Import Export Institute

Import Export Business Program

Importing and exporting is big business – in 2015, the U.S. imported over $2 trillion worth of goods, and the U.S. exported over $1.5 trillion. (source – UN ComTrade)

Exporting is also good for the country! In 2015, 11.5 million American jobs were supported by goods and services exports. The U.S. Department of Commerce states that businesses that export pay their employees a greater wage, are more profitable and experience greater annual growth over their non-exporting counterparts.

Many individuals who consider starting a small business look to importing and exporting because the possibilities are so vast and potential so great. Those trillions of dollars that represent U.S. trade have many small business owners inserted in those numbers, benefiting from those transactions and profiting.

At the Import Export Institute, we have created a comprehensive import export business program to teach, train and guide entrepreneurs through the process of creating and establishing an import export business. This system has 3 key parts: education, a tech center, and a business planner.

International Trade Education: The international trade education course that focuses on global business, international marketing, trade finance and payment terms, shipping and logistics, and government programs and assistance. The import export training program follows the domains of practice as identified by NASBITE (National Association of Small Business Trade Educators), and has been designed and written by a NASBITE CGBP (certified Global Business Professional). Participants have the option of self-study or to have individual instruction with an import export trainer, with sessions over the phone (or by Skype video calls).

Technology Center: The import export business module includes a website for your new enterprise, designed with website globalization features, like having the capability to be translated in over 40 different languages.  As part of the tech center, you will also be provided with a document center. The document center includes forms and letters to help you operate your new import export business, including agent agreements and non complete non disclosure documents to protect yourself in business transactions. Whether the documents are for you or your customer, the library is comprehensive with sample templates and instructions.

Import Export Business Planner: Many new import export business owners often have great ideas but have no process outlined to turn those ideas into an action plan that will result in customers, and ultimately, profits. The planner is your outline and guide to getting you active in your business community, connecting with possible clients – meaning manufacturers or suppliers with products to export (sell) or business owners who import. While you may read that an import export business affords you the opportunity to make money from your computer without ever leaving your home, we’re here to tell you that connecting with other small business owners is the best way to get clients and build your book of business.

We invite you to contact us to learn more. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.