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Export Readiness Checker

 

Introduction

It is extremely important that companies enter the export arena only when they are truly ready to due so. In ExportHelp we constantly emphasise the fact that exporting is difficult, costly and time consuming. If you are not ready to export, then trying to break into exports is likely to be the quickest way of destroying your company. Unfortunately, too often companies see exports as the salvation to difficult times at home; there is nothing further from the truth. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you ascertain your 'export readiness'. There are many 'export readiness' checkers available online. ExportHelp has incorporated a good export readiness checker as part of its content. You can access this export readiness checker here - try this one first.

If, however, you want to try alternative export readiness checkers out, we suggest that you consider the following websites:

  • The Department of Trade and Industry
    The DTI's Export Readiness Questionnaireprovides a nine question yes/no questionnaire which you can submit to determine whether your business is ready to start exporting. The results of the questionnaire are instant.
  • US Foreign Agricultural - FAS Online
    This is a service available from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the Department of Agriculture in the US. It is a short survey of 9 questions and is generic in nature. You receive a rating out of 100 as well as feedback per question.
  • PA SourceNet
    This is a service offered by the Pennsylvania Foundation.
    There are twelve questions available and the questions are quite generic in nature. The questions are divided into categories such as product, commitment and finances, etc. Your score is accompanied with some useful feedback.
  • Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
    CITD offers an export readiness assessment tool. Like the others, it provides commentary on your answers. The exporter will need to register for this service, but it is free. The survey has 23 questions and you need to step through each question one at a time. There is an explanation of the purpose behind each question. It is a bit more complicated to use than the others, but also more comprehensive.
  • ExportSource
    This Canadian export readiness diagnostic tool is very comprehensive and requires you to work through each question step by step. It is written from a Canadian point of view, but remains a useful tool. Registration is necessary, but it is free.
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
    EDC on its website entitled "Exportable? Are you ready to export?", provides a questionnaire designed as a starting point in considering your companies export ability.
  • Business Women in Trade - Readiness Quiz
    This is a short, 11-question self-assessment quiz that should take you no more than 90-seconds to complete. Although aimed at women, it is applicable to all exporters.

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Learning to export...
The export process in 21 easy steps
Step 1: Considering exporting
Step 2:Current business viability
Step 3:Export readiness
Step 4:Broad mission statement and initial budget
Step 5:Confirming management's commitment to exports
Step 6: Undertaking an initial SWOT analysis of the firm
Step 7:Selecting and researching potential countries abroad
Step 8: Preparing and implementing your export plan
Step 9: Obtaining financing for your exports
Step 10: Managing your export risk
Step 11: Promoting the firm and its products abroad
Step 12: Negotiating and quoting in exports
Step 13: Revising your export costings and price
Step 14: Obtaining the export order
Step 15: Producing the goods
Step 16: Handling the export logistics
Step 17: Export documentation
Step 18: Providing follow-up support
Step 19: Getting paid
Step 20: Reviewing and improving the export process
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