Trade Leads whether you are trying to find foreign markets, foreign buyers, foreign
suppliers or foreign products are vital to the import export business. Without Trade
Leads, importers and exporters from China or from any other country will never be
able to launch their businesses.
The presence of the computer and the internet has forever changed the way that an
importer exporter discovers trade leads.
With hundreds of millions of computer and internet users around the world, you can
find more information in a few hours than you could have in months or even years
before the computer internet age.
Utilizing e-commerce is the most efficient way of finding trade leads.
So go ahead. Happy Surfing. Go and find that perfect product to sell within the
ideal markets and the right manufacturer to provide you with your supplies.
Trade Leads for the U.S. and Canada
To help narrow the focus, begin your trade leads searching process by concentrating
on a country. If you have decided that North America is where you want to conduct
your search, here are some good sources to begin for the U.S. and Canada:
Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American
businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today's
global marketplace. There is a wealth of information by industry and the location
and details of U.S. trade shows.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent U.S. Government agency responsible
for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. Its website
allows the business person to find basic information on any country in the world.
As SBA's office for the support of small business international trade development,
the Office of International Trade encourages and assists small business exports.
There are a number of on line resources available here.
Michigan State University's International Business Center (CIBER)
The International Business Center (IBC) in The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
at Michigan State University was designated in 1990 as a National Resource Center
by the U.S. Department of Education (i.e., a Center for International Business Education
and Research). The site offers information on international markets, trade leads
and links to global markets.
TradePort is a repository of free information and resources for businesses involved
in global trade. It was created and supported by an alliance of public and private
sector trade promotion service organizations in California in 1996. It assists businesses
and their foreign counterparts in bilateral trade and investment opportunities. The
site has information on markets, how to guides, resources listings as well as trade
leads in the Southern California region.
There are literally hundreds of trade leads sites. Here are some key ones to begin
your search for trade leads on an international basis.
United Nations (UN)
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second
World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security.
Its goal is to develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress,
better living standards and human rights. UN's website has an extensive resource
section with valuable databases and publications.
Europages has helped businesses on the European market by becoming the B2B reference
tool for 25 years. It has over half a million companies in 36 countries in its directory.
It offers search in 26 languages.
ClearFreight, Inc. is in the Freight Forwarding Industry. The website contains
links to various Trade Leads Databases as well as Government Trade Leads and Opportunities.
It is also a good resource for shipping forms and US Customs.
When it comes to importing from China or from any other country, there are hundreds
of thousands if not millions of products to choose from. Here are a few online
resources to help you narrow down your choices:
Import-Export Bulletin is a B2B portal that connects buyers, sellers and investors
from around the world.
ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations with
a goal of helping businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in
global markets and speeding economic development. The site allows you to search
trade leads by country. You can use it to drill down to a country's trade promotional
EXPORT911 is a business and educational website focusing on international business.
The useful site provides in-depth information on export-import marketing, management,
letters of credit, export cargo insurance, shipping, logistics, manufacturing, purchasing,
bar codes, and many other topics.