Here’s Help on Overseas Sales: A Brief Introduction to the U.S. Commercial Service

June 2006
by Alice Davenport

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Here’s Help on Overseas Sales:

U.S. Commercial Service


by Alice Davenport


As the international trade
promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service
has been working with American publishers for years, but lately I’ve been
wondering why relatively few publishers have heard about our services. Well, up
until now we’ve been responding to individual requests from American publishing
companies, rather than reaching out to industry associations like PMA.


So how can the U.S. Commercial
Service help you? With offices in more than 100 U.S. cities and 80 countries
overseas, we offer a range of products and services, some of
which—including business counseling—are free. For example, as part
of counseling, your local Commercial Service office could help you find the
most promising overseas markets for your particular books. We also offer a wide
selection of free market intelligence, from comprehensive analyses of a
country’s publishing industry to more specific information about a particular
overseas business opportunity.


Additional help is available too.
Many Commercial Service offices offer our International Company Profile, which
can help you vet potential overseas partners. Once you tell us about forei…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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