Trade News: Exports Creating New Jobs; Resources & Tools Offered

From WTC- Utah: Export-Related Jobs Surge in 2010.  U.S. exports supported an estimated 9.2 million jobs in 2010, up from 8.7 million in 2009, according to a report issued July 6, 2011 by the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. For every billion dollars of exports, over 5,000 jobs are supported.  New data also shows employment supported by manufactured exports plays a significant role in many states. Twenty-one states each counted over 100,000 jobs supported by manufactured exports in 2009, with two states registering more than a half-million: California at 616,500 jobs and Texas at 538,500 jobs.

From U.S. Department of Commerce: Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Releases 2011 National Export Strategy: Powering the National Export Initiative to Congress.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, on behalf of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, today released to Congress the 2011 National Export Strategy: Powering the National Export Initiative (PDF). The report reinforces the importance of U.S. exports of goods and services, which in 2010 totaled $1.84 trillion, an increase of nearly 17% over 2009 levels, and supported more than 9 million jobs in the United States.

From Global Reach: Foreign Trade Regulations: College Teachers Return to School to Learn About Exporting.  Community college business instructors from 21 states received copies of the Basic Guide to Exporting, published by the International Trade Administration. The instructors attended a faculty development institute at the International Business Center, Michigan State University.   Several of the instructors said they would add immediately an export plan writing module to their existing business planning unit. Others said they would use the case studies in the book to demonstrate how a small company with a good business idea, product or service can make it big in the global market.

Global Edge (Michigan State University) offers many international trade resources.  Notable among the batch is an online course in Exporting created by the Department of Commerce. These modules were developed from the 2008 edition of A Basic Guide to Exporting and each module represents one of the book’s seventeen chapters. This series provides aspiring and seasoned exporters with a wealth of resources and tools that may benefit even the most experienced international business connoisseur.

CITD (California Centers for International Trade Development) also has many valuable resources for would be and experienced exporters.  Check out their Export Starter Kit which includes Exporting Basics, Export Internet Search Wizard, Export Readiness Assessment and Export FAQs.  The Director of the Encino CITD, Veteran Trade Professional Maurice Kogon has developed a comprehensive Video series, L.A. Export Series, a series of 10 pod casts which are free for viewing and download at ExportAssist.org.

Last, but certainly not least, is the U.S. Government sponsored website, Export.gov, part of the National Export Initiative.  Export.gov offers many government sponsored tools for exporters including Trade Data, Market Research, Trade Leads, Trade Events and help with financing, logistics, marketing and regulatory matters.  The real muscle behind Export.gov is the personal service offered through their network of national offices and international Commercial Service correspondent offices.  You may want to bookmark their Blog.

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