Export.gov Country Commercial Guides & Market Research Library

Export.gov is the U.S. Government’s export promotion and finance portal, bringing together information from a number of agencies to assist small and medium-sized American businesses planning to export or conduct business overseas. This Database of the Month blog post will focus on two research resources accessible via Export.gov – Country Commercial Guides and the Market Research Library.


Country Commercial Guides (“Doing Business In…” Guides) 

Country Commercial Guides are “doing business in…” guides prepared by trade experts at U.S. embassies worldwide. Country Commercial Guides are designed to be a comprehensive starting point for anyone interested in exporting and doing business overseas. Guides are produced for more than 125 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia. Each guide focuses on eight important areas:

  1. Market Overview, Challenges, Opportunities, and Entry Strategies
  2. Political and Economic Environment
  3. Selling U.S. Products and Services
  4. Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports and Investment
  5. Trade Regulations, Customs, and Standards
  6. Investment Climate
  7. Trade and Project Financing
  8. Business Travel

Country Commercial Guides are freely accessible at http://www.export.gov/ccg.

Market Research Library

Export.gov’s Market Research Library contains more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by U.S. Commercial Service specialists working in overseas posts. The Market Research Library provides access to Market Research Reports and Best Markets Reports. The Country Commercial Guides, mentioned above, are also included within the Market Research Library.

Full access to the Market Research Library is only available to U.S. students/researchers who register with Export.gov. Registration is free. A registration link is available on the Market Research Library page and at http://www.export.gov/registration/studentform.aspx.


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