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As your company expands, or you are approached by customers abroad, you will want to familiarize yourself with the how-to of importing or exporting and increase your knowledge of international business. The Orange County SBDC offers you vetted resources that you can tap based on your preferred style of acquiring the skills to be a successful business in the world. The following resources will help you with the essentials of feasibility studies, logistics, and establishing your company in international markets.

Self Guidance

Whether you are importing or exporting, there are a few steps that you would need to know:

  1. Understand the culture, political atmosphere and legalities of the country and companies you are planning to do business.
  2. Research for a logistics company to import or export your goods.
  3. Understand the requirements, paperwork and payment methods to import or export.
  4. Develop an international business plan.

In the chart bellow, there are links to guide you on essential information about importing and exporting.





Export Finance

Researching Markets

Faster Customs Clearance

Common Export Documents

Selecting a Freight Forwarder

Before Exporting (PDF)

Documentation Requirements per Country

Documentation Requirements per Country

Cultural Guidelines

International Business Plans

Fruits & Vegetable Import Requirements


Selecting a Customs Broker


Fundamentals of Importing (PDF)

Export Documentation Templates




Export Business Planner (PDF)

Training Resources
If you are interested on training from experts in international trade, please check the calendars of the following sources that offer workshops either online or in your area.

Rancho Santiago Center for International Trade Development (CITD)
One-on-one Consulting

Now that you have acquired some understanding of doing business internationally, we recommend individually consulting to address your particular needs.

The Centers of International Trade Development (CITD) programs and services include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs.

  • Individualized assistance as an exporter, importer, or global marketing organization
  • Export and import education programs for businesses and entrepreneurs

Export Readiness Assessment - a Web-based self-test of a company's export readiness that provides immediate feedback and tips.

Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)

Deliver – Export and Import Programs
Inform – Transaction & Regulatory Assistance
Expand – International Marketing Opportunities & Resources

To schedule an appointment please contact:

Jacqueline Valadez
Phone: 714 564-5414