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Make export sales happen. Expand your international business. Solve trade problems. Finance your export transactions. Find these topics and more on this one-stop for international trade assistance.

Exporters Can Declare
Their Goods Free Online

When American exporters export their goods, the United States Government no longer requires "paperwork." Not to mislead you, exporters or their agents must still complete and deliver a "Shipper's Export Declaration," commonly called "SED," for every commodity valued over $2500. But now, it's all on the Internet. It's easy and it's free!

Export Counseling Via Phone, Fax, and Web
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Trade Information Center is the first stop for information about all federal export assistance programs, as well as country and regional market information. Technology gives you more options for getting the Center's advice and information.

E-Expo USA for Virtual Trade Shows
Is your company interested in increasing exports? Here's a wesite that allows you to exhibit your company's products and services without actually attending a trade show. E-Expo USA collects trade leads and international sales contacts and forwards them for follow-up. Your products and service information will stay online for 365 days --and the fee is small. Almost 500 companies are participating. E-EXPO USA is sponsored by Commerce's International Trade Administration.

Exporting to the 21st Century
Believe it or not, in this age of computers, most American exporters and their agents complete a federally-required "Shipper's Export Declaration" (SED) by hand. The SED is then hand-delivered by messenger to the cargo carrier and then to the U.S. Customs Service. Sounds like 19th Century technology to us! The U.S. Customs Service and the Foreign Trade Division of the Census Bureau have developed a free, voluntary, electronic filing program they hope will make exporters jump to join

We're Looking for Stories

Federal workers are doing amazing things to deliver government services electronically. Access America E-Gov E-Zine wants to tell these stories.

We are looking for stories about federal agencies, or multi-agency partnerships, that are creating electronic export assistance centers.

These stories can be short, as in a "byte" of about 150 words, or they can be longer feature stories. Write feature stories in plain language with quotes from customers who experience the service electronically and quotes from federal employees and their partners who deliver the service.

Include a contact person with phone number and email address. Send your stories to or If you need more information, call Pat Wood, National Partnership for Reinventing Government, (202) 694-0063. Please pass this request along to others who may be interested.