Import-Export Information

Take Your Business Global: Where will your next customer come from? Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit are taking their businesses global. Nearly 96 percent of consumers and over two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power reside outside the U.S.

There are many good reasons to export:
- reduced dependence on the domestic market;
- diversified sources of revenue;
- extended sales potential and product shelf life of existing products;
- and stabilized seasonal markets and sales fluctuations, to name a few.
SBA Export Express - A Fact Sheet for Small Businesses
Fast and easy loans for small exporters
Small business exporters are taking advantage of the world market and selling billions of dollars of goods and services overseas every year. In fact, 70% of all exporters have fewer than 20 employees. If you are one of these businesses, or would like to join in this growing trend, and you think you are too small to receive government sponsored export financing, think again!

Streamlined financing up to $500,000
SBA Export Express offers flexibility and ease of use to both borrowers and lenders. It is the simplest export loan product offered by the SBA and allows participating lenders to use their own forms, procedures and analyses. The SBA provides an answer in 36 hours or less.

Who is eligible to receive Export Express financing?
Any business that has been in operation, although not necessarily in exporting, for at least 12 full months and can demonstrate that the loan proceeds will support its export activity is eligible for Export Express.

What can the loan funds be used for?
Loan proceeds may be used for business purposes that will enhance a company’s export development. Export Express can take the form of a term loan or a revolving line of credit. As an example, proceeds can be used to fund participation in a foreign trade show, finance standby letters of credit, translate product literature for use in foreign markets, finance specific export orders, as well as to finance expansions, equipment purchases, and inventory or real estate acquisitions, etc.

How do I apply?
Interested businesses should contact their existing lender to determine if they are an SBA Express lender.
Export Business Planner-- For Your Small Business

The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting. Using the planner, you can work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning via a ready-made, easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced time and again as your export business grows. If you have a successful product or service you may be able to increase sales and profit by exporting.

Click here to download the Export Business Planner.