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Country and Industry Research 

magnifying glass over financial pages of a newspaperThe tools and resources listed below provide business intelligence on foreign markets that can help you narrow and refine your search and tailor your export plan. You can also talk directly with one of our trade specialists for guidance. Export Washington offers a team of dedicated specialists for the following industries – aerospace, marine technology, clean technology, advanced manufacturing and materials, information communications and technology, and life sciences and global health. Companies that produce value-added agriculture or processed foods can receive specialized assistance from the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s International Marketing Program. The program provides buyer matchmaking, marketing assistance, and in-country expertise in Japan, Taiwan, and China.

Once you’ve narrowed your target markets, incorporate your market research into your export plan. This outline of a sample outline of an export plan shows one approach that may fit your business profile.


A free research tool with 5,000 quality resources. You can search by trading bloc, country, states, or industry. Includes tutorials on how to export.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Country Information
Find country-specific information for agricultural exports

Washington State Department of Commerce Trade Bulletins and Country Spotlights
Detailed analysis of economic trends and their impact on exporters 

World Bank Business Environment Snapshots
Legal, political and business information on individual countries

World Bank Databank
A research tool that provides demographic, environmental and business information on nations

U.S. Library of Congress Country Studies
Descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world

U.S. Commercial Service Export Information by Country
Scroll down to the dropdown menu to find export information categorized by country

CIA World Fact Book
 Provides information on individual countries’ history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, and military as well as transnational issues

Offers simple ways to graphically compare nations. Provides information on countries’ geography, demographics, economy, military, government and culture

Top Washington Exports 2013

Market Opportunities

U.S. Export Assistance Center Market Research Guide
A step-by-step research guide and market research library

USDA Export & Market Research Data
Access to USDA Foreign Agricultural Service research databases

Doing Business
Provides objective measures of business regulations in 183 nations and selected cities. Offers economy snapshots and ranks nations and cities based on business indicators

Euromonitor International
The world leader in strategy research for consumer markets. Offers market research information on countries, products and industries

Trade Data and Statistics

U.S. International Trade Administration TradeStats Express
The latest annual and quarterly international trade data

USA Trade Online
Access current and cumulative U.S. export and import data for over 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities (subscription fee charged)

USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb
Provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data including import statistics, export statistics, tariffs, future tariffs and tariff preference information

United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database
Database of national import and export statistics

WISER (World Institute for Strategic Economic Research) Trade Data
Offers high-quality trade statistis, data and technical support for exporters, researchers and trade service providers (subscription fee charged)

Offers easy, affordable access to the world's largest searchable database of import-export trade in the US, Latin America, the EU, and Asia (subscription fee charged)

Most comprehensive database of U.S. waterborne trade activity in the world that provides accurate and reliable import and export information on cargoes moving through ports in the United States, Latin America and Asia (subscription fee charged).

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