Certificates of Origin

Export Readiness Assessment

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Take this twenty-question quiz developed by the MSU Broad College of Michigan International Business Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to evaluate your company's export readiness.

The assessment consists of 5 separate dimensions and each dimension is scored in 4 areas, for a total of 20 questions. Your score along each dimension as well as overall is explained at the end of the assessment.

How to Complete a Certificate of Origin

Completing a Certificate of Origin can be a daunting task the first time around. The TradeCert premium export documentation system – with whom the Michigan Chamber has partnered – has been assisting thousands of exporters worldwide for over a decade with their certificate of origin requirements. We’re here at all stages of your certificate of origin process, helping to ensure that this process is as seamless as possible.

Ten Steps to Successful Exporting

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Here are ten steps for successfully becoming an international exporter. Once you are successfully exporting into one market, apply that to another new market, like adjacent countries or those with similar characteristics. Once you have a good understanding of what it takes to become successful, your exploration into additional markets should be quicker and potentially easier for you to continue with your expansion and growth.

1. Decide where to sell

2. Have a plan

3. Choose a route to market

4. Find the opportunities

5. Start marketing

Do Export Controls Apply to You?

Exporting is a privilege, not a right. Before you begin exporting you have to know where your product or service stands in terms of export controls.

The U.S. controls exports of tangible items, technology, software and some services. There are several government agencies that control exports. Three government agencies that control the majority of exports from the U.S. are the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Why Export?

The first stage in export planning is to investigate the market and the various reasons to consider exporting to customers. This article details the value in trillions of dollars that U.S. total exports hold and explains some of the reasons why small-to-medium sized businesses are in a good position to leverage selling to overseas markets.