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Office of International Trade: Rhode Island 

Through trade missions, trade shows, in-country market assistance programs, and trainings in export opportunities, Rhode Island expects to reach target markets and support trade with China and other countries across several sectors. The program hopes to achieve an estimated $15 million in potential business from new Rhode Island exports. 

SBA Export Assistant Centers

If you're ready to explore the possibilities and challenges of exporting, U.S. Export Assistance Centers provide the help you need. These centers are located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. 

World Trade Center of Rhode Island 

 The Center serves the regional business community, as well as offering hands on opportunities for students to learn about global business and Pharmacy Research.

Food Export Association Northeast

Food Export USA - Northeast is a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the northeast region of the United States.

Contact a Trade Specialist Near You 

The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses export their products and services. 


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John H. Chafee Center for International Business Educational Programs 

The John H. Chafee Center for International Business provides comprehensive international trade services for businesses to expand into international markets.

RI Commerce: Export Promotional Grant Program 

The John H. Chafee Center at Bryant University provides comprehensive international trade services to help your business expand into international markets.

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to invite proposals for funding from eligible state entities interested in providing assistance and guidance to eligible small business concerns to increase the number of such firms that export and the value of small business exports.

SBA Export Express Loan Program

SBA Export Express offers financing up to $500,000. It is the simplest export loan product offered by the SBA and allows participating lenders to use their own forms and procedures. The SBA determines eligibility and provides a loan approval in 36 hours or less.

SBA Export Working Capital Program

The Export Working Capital (EWCP) loan provides advances for up to $5 million to fund export transactions from purchase order to collections. This loan has a low guaranty fee and quick processing time.

SBA International Trade Loan Program 

The International Trade Loan offers loans up to $5 million for fixed assets and working capital for businesses that plan to start or continue exporting.


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Export Business Planner 

The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting. Using the planner, you can work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning via a ready-made, easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced time and again as your export business grows. 

SBA Taking Your Business Global Training 

This training program is about international markets and exporting. It is a practical, self-paced course packed with business information as well as real-world examples and helpful tips.You will find that this course is easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete. After the program, you will have the option of recieving a printed certificate of completion from the SBA.

Financing your Small Business Exports

Many small businesses think they are too small to compete in the world market. In fact, 97 percent of all exporters are small businesses. The federal government has loans, insurance and grant programs to help you become an exporter or expand your exporting business.


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Customs and Border Protection Basic Importing and Exporting  

Multiple Links and notices for importing and exporting today.  

Steps & Key Factors To Exporting Efficiently 

Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider exporting. Consider these facts:

-Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S

-Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries.

The link above provides six steps to begin your exporting business transactions.  

Basic Guide to Exporting 

An in depth Basic Guide to Exporting has been the resource that businesses have turned to for answers to their questions about how to establish and grow overseas markets for their products and services.Whether your firm is new to exporting or in need of a refresher on the latest ideas and techniques, this comprehensive guide, now completely revised and updated for 2012, provides the nuts-and-bolts information you need to meet the challenges of the world economy.

Rhode Island Facts & Figures U.S. Global Leaderhsip Coalition

Rhode Island’s manufacturing exports play a key role in local production and job growth. Rhode Island exports to over 200 foreign destinations each year. Over 130,000 Rhode Island jobs depend on trade, and that number continues to grow.

Tips for New Importers & Exporters From Custom & Border Protection (CBP) 

In order to avoid potential problems in the clearance of your merchandise, U. S. Customs and Broder Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that you familiarize yourself with CBP policies and procedures prior to actually importing/exporting your goods. 

The Law of Internaional Trade: A Business Overview

U.S. companies engaged in international trade should be alert to the legal issues unique to the international context. This article is intended to raise your awareness of some of the legal issues encountered in international trade.


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Importing Into the United States 

This edition of Importing Into the United States contains material pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002 and the Customs Modernization Act (Title VI of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act), commonly referred to as the Mod Act. 

RI Commerce: Forgein Trade Zone 105 

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a specially-designated area in or adjacent to a U.S. Customs Port of Entry, but which is considered to be outside the Customs territory of the United States. FTZ # 105, originally designated in 1984 and expanded in 1997, consists of three different geographic locations in the state of Rhode Island.

Duty, Tariff Rates 

Priority Trade Issues 

Trade Agreements 

Free Trade Agreements 

State Exports Statistics For Rhode Island 

State Imports Statistics For Rhode Island 

RI Commerce: International Trade


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