Wednesday, October 21, 2015

USA International Trade Online Services Are Now FREE

Beginning Oct. 15, 2015 the newly redesigned USA Trade Online international trade services website became free for all users to access.

In addition, current users will find many new data fields and functions. The change will make this Census Bureau-provided data tool an even more powerful instrument for accessing and viewing U.S. international trade data.

In honor of the second World Statistics Day, now is the time to explore the rich variety of statistics available in USA Trade Online and learn how they support this year’s World Statistics Day theme of “Better Data. Better Lives”.

For complete details on how  you and your company may benefit from these services, click here now.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Import Export Business International Trade Update

On July 9, 2015, the US Census bureau held their 9th webinar in their International Trade University Webinar Series–FTR 501: Best Practices.  You can still benefit from their new information packed international business trade webinar.

Experts from the Trade Regulations Branch presented the following items:
  •         How to remain compliant with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  •         Export transaction record keeping
  •         How to and when to submit a Voluntary Self- Disclosure (VSD)
  •         Utilizing the resources at
Just click the link on their webpage to watch the Free recording of this valuable webinar.

International Trade University Webinar

Next, I have always been a frugal person with both my time and money. I believe to be successful, you must use your time wisely and if there are methods by which I can gain some revenue for the time spent online, then I definitely check it out.

In January of this year (2015) I discovered a little known rewards program that pays or rewards you to use the BING search engine.  If you are like me, Google has never offered to reward me for using their search engine so I signed up.  I will not go into a great deal of detail here but it makes 'common' sense to me to maximize your time (which is your most valuable asset!), especially when so much of it is spent online these days, both for business and personal.

If you use both Mobile and PC search you can earn up to $5 or $10 a month for time spent doing what you are already doing.  To me, this is a NO Brainer but some people will continue to send all their search data to Google who will happily use it to sell their advertising and earn their next Billion.  Yes, $5 or $10 a month isn't much, but it sure beats getting nothing.

BING Rewards Program

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Resource For Doing Business In Mexico

About 4-5 years ago we began noticing a trend in international trade.  Prior to that time, the primary interest of both callers and email queries to our main website for sourcing products was about how and from whom to source products from China.

With steadily increasing labor costs in China and ever increasing costs to ship finished goods many companies that had moved their manufacturing to China were now looking closer to home or just south of our border.

There is even a new term for this trend - "nearshoring".

The growing trend in looking South of our border to do business in Mexico rather than half way around the world in China has continued and doing business in Mexico is now seen as a means of keeping both labor and transportation costs lower and the ultimate price of finished goods competitive.

The Mexico Business Portal was created to have a central location for ALL types of information, both current and past, for doing business in Mexico.

The Mexico Business Portal initially is set up using a software that compiles videos about various forms of business in Mexico.  The videos are gathered using keywords that have to do with Mexico business.

The software is not perfect and sometimes pulls videos that are not related to Mexico business but there full descriptions and screen captures from the videos so you do not waste your time clicking on something that is not related to what you are seeking.

The Mexico Business Portal also has a search engine that will help you target your video search to just the videos related to the subject matter you seek.  Categories are also provided to assist in your targeting.

Beyond the initial setup of this new doing business in Mexico website, other content will be added as time allows but for now, go take a look and let us know what you think - Mexico Business Portal.

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