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There are numerous publications and online resources available to you that are supportive of international business. The resources include consulates, trade administrations, chambers of commerce and other organizations. In addition, some companies that reside in Richardson are extensions of companies in foreign jurisdictions that may be available to assist in expanding your business to those markets.

See the following list of resources and publications to help on your next steps doing business internationaly:

Foreign Country Information


National social security taxes and coverage are important to consider when sending employees into a new country. The United States is party to a number of social security agreements with other countries that help clarify taxation and coverage and prevent duplication. The U.S. Social Security Administration website has full text and summary descriptions of each agreement where you can get answers to common questions.




The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.




The U.S. Department of State issues a Country Assessment and Fact Sheets about 195 different countries and areas. It contains information about the economic and diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and other countries.




Aon’s Risk Maps  are an in-depth look at the major terrorism, political violence and political risk exposures facing businesses that provide actionable insights for organizations. Developed in partnership with Continuum Economics and The Risk Advisory Group – recognized experts in security and intelligence and economic research respectively – the interactive maps and analysis are an annual barometer of geopolitical trends.




The US Department of State issues a Travel Advisory  for each country of the world. Travel Advisories follow a consistent format and use plain language to help U.S. citizens find and use important security information. Travel Advisories apply up to four standard levels of advice, describe the risks, and provide clear actions U.S. citizens should take to help ensure their safety.

US Market Information

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Their goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality and cost for the data collected and services provided by them.

Export Assistance – Financial Information

Coface is a reference in credit insurance and risk management. With over 75 years of experience as an industry leader, and a team of 4,300 experts serving around 50,000 companies, Coface supports their clients everywhere they operate, protecting and helping them take the credit decisions necessary to strengthen their ability to sell on their domestic and export markets.



The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent Executive Branch agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services.



STEP helps small businesses overcome obstacles to exporting by providing grants to cover costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets.



XE offers free online currency tools that allow visitors to check free live currency rates, send money fast internationally over 130 countries in more than 60 currencies, view historical currency charts for any currency pair in the world, and do rate analysis using the most accurate and latest data.

Export & Foreign Markets – General Information

The International Trade Administration strengthens the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.




The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.




When talking about U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones, Texas leads the nation with 32 FTZs, more than any other state, according to the ITA’s FTZ website. Texas ranked No. 1 for total FTZ exports, manufacturing/production-related activity, and warehouse/distribution-related exports.




The North Texas Region, an organization of business leaders, appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, over 60 DECs that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts.




The National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) increases awareness and understanding of the importance of exports to the US economy through education, legislative outreach and engagement with DECs and other relevant stakeholders.




U.S. foreign-trade zones (FTZs or Zones) are the domestic equivalents of what are internationally known as ‘free-trade zones.’ They are usually located in areas with geographic trade advantages, such as major seaports, international airports, and national frontiers. Within FTZs, company goods can be unloaded, manufactured, reassembled, tested, sampled, processed, repackaged, and re-exported without the intervention of U.S. customs authorities.




STEP helps small businesses overcome obstacles to exporting by providing grants to cover costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets.




Connect Americas is the first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. It seeks to help SMEs strengthen their businesses, by providing them access to communities of clients, suppliers and investors in the region and all over the world, segmented by industry. It also provides useful and simple information about procedures and regulations for international commerce, and about the financing opportunities available in IDB member countries.




A Basic Guide to Exporting

The International Trade Administration assembled a list of reasons why U.S. companies should pursue exporting their business to other countries.

Top Markets to Export

The International Trade Administration’s Top Markets Series is meant to help exporters determine their next export market by comparing opportunities across borders. Each report ranks future export opportunities within a particular industry based on a sector-specific methodology.

Country Commercial Guides

The Country Commercial Guides are reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs. It covers 125 international markets by the U.S. Commercial Service.

Export Solutions

Trade professionals at the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, developed an Export Solutions with tools that can help U.S. exporters to create successful international sales strategies.

Trade Financial Guide

The trade financial guide is a quick reference for U.S. exporters. It contains useful information for new export sales such as terminology, common trade financing practices and government assistance.

For More Information including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, contact:

  • Lawrence P. Howorth, VP, International Business Development/Director, Mayor’s Office of International Business, City of Richardson

Phone: 972.792.2814     Email:

  • Beth Kolman, Director Economical Development, City of Richardson

Phone: 972.792.2817     Email:

Saville’s international tax and accounting experts believe ‘borders should not be barriers to success.’ By striving to be Essential Partners to affluent families and entrepreneurs, they are helping make this belief a reality for clients in North Texas and around the world.

Phone 214-922-9727

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