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U.S. Commercial ServiceU.S. Department of Commerce

Export University

Sources for Conducting International

Market Research

Jessica M. Gordon

March 23, 2010

Why Conduct Market Research?

  • Researching potential markets can help your company by:

    • Finding where your products are most likely to sell

    • Identifying market segments and niches

    • Determining both domestic and international competitors

    • Saves valuable time and money

Sources for Trade Statistics

  • Tradestatsexpress.gov gathers statistics:

    • Global patters of a state’s exports:

      (MS exports totaled $6.3 billion in 2009)

    • Top Markets for Mississippi (2009):

      Canada, Mexico, Panama, Afghanistan, China, Belgium, Colombia, Russia, Brazil, Guatemala

Sources for Trade Statisticswww.tradstatsexpress.gov

Sources for Trade Statistics


  • Export Product Profile to a Selected Market

    • Choose state

    • Choose individual country, geographic region, or trade/economic region

    • Choose NAICS code

    • Choose years

Sources for Trade Statistics www.tradstatsexpress.gov

  • Lead industry sectors for Mississippi (2009):

    • Petroleum & Coal Products

    • Chemical Manufacturers

    • Transportation Equipment

    • Paper Products

    • Computers & Electronics

    • Processed Foods

    • Machinery

    • Crop Production

    • Furniture and Related Products

Sources of International Marketing Data

  • International Trade Portal for U.S. Exporters:


The Market Research Library

  • Over 100,000 of industry and country-specific market research reports

    • Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) Considerations:

      • What is the forecast of the country’s economic growth?

      • What U.S. products and services have the best opportunities in the country?

      • What types of taxes/duties are applied to imports?

      • Does the country belong to a free trade agreement?

      • What is the legal structure and investment climate like in the country?

The Market Research Library

  • Industry Reports

    • Market Research Reports

    • Best Market Report

  • Industry-specific research helps

    to answer questions:

    • Is the industry growing?

    • How mature is the local industry?

      How competitive is it?

    • What are the specific barriers to entry?(i.e. tariffs, distribution challenges, strong local branding, or lack of differentiation with local products)

International Logistics

  • Tariffs and Import Fees

International Logistics

  • Schedule B Numbers and HS Numbers

    • Codes used to classify U.S. exports and are based on the Harmonized System

  • Schedule B Search Engine

    • http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/#search

International Logistics

  • Online Tariff Database: database that allows users to look up country Tariff information for shipments originating from the U.S.



Trade Information Center Country Database

Free Trade Agreements

  • Current Free Trade Agreements:

    NAFTA, CAFTA, Australia, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Singapore, Chile, Peru

  • Pending Free Trade Agreements:

    Colombia, Panama, South Korea


State by State Benefits from TPA

Other Important Websites

  • www.export.gov

  • www.tradestatsexpress.gov

  • www.bna.com/itr/custom.htm

  • www.buyusa.gov

  • www.comtrade.un.org

  • www.gtis.com/gta

  • www.usatradeonline.gov

How to Contact Us


1230 Raymond Road, Box 600

Jackson, MS 39204

Phone (601) 373-0784, Fax (601) 373-0959





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