Free Tools and Resources

Each of the following organizations offer invaluable free resources.  Please click on the logo to take you to their resources and tools.




Invaluable Websites

Link to the International Monetary Fund

Link to Country Reports

Cross-cultural training blog by communicaid:

Credit Management Securities in Europe

How to do Business with China

Amber Road’s resource library houses hundreds of thought leadership pieces to help companies stay on top of global supply chain trends, industry hot topics, and best practices. Use the filters below to easily find content you’re interested in.

Transparency international’s Corruption Perception Index

Marsh Political Risk Map

Global Conflict Risk Index (GCRI)

Additional Tools & Resources

Import Monitoring

A Guide to Credit Insurance from Euler Hermes

Helping Business People to Communicate with India

Importing into the United States A Guide for Commercial Importers

Business Management Consulting: Export and Import Guides, CITD

Are you ready to start exporting?  Take the questionnaire:
Export Readiness Questionnaire p1

Free webinars by Blakeley & Blakeley:
Credit & Sales working together for Profit
(Be patient, it takes about a minute to load, you will see a rolling message at the bottom of the screen)

Social Media as a Tool to Identify and Evaluate Credit Risk: The Technology, Potential Best Practices and Legal Considerations for the Credit Team by Blakeley & Blakeley

Customer-Sponsored Credit Enhancement Programs (Consignment and PMSI) and Payment Programs (Supply Chain Finance): Reducing Supplier A/R and Preference Risk, Or Opening the Door for a Priority Fight? by Blakeley & Blakeley

Think global is a valuable site for tools and resources.

Do you want to know your Your Cultural Communication Profile?  Take the Free online assessment here

FEMA creates Mobile App – Click on this link to learn more.

Available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.

  • Receive severe weather alerts
  • Upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts
  • Locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers
  • Apply for assistance
  • Save a custom list of your family’s emergency kit and emergency meeting spot
  • Receive safety and preparedness reminders and learn how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards
  • Easily toggle between English and Spanish for all features of the app.
A government sponsored site, Austrade provides export and investment services to Australian companies.
The Asia Regional Integration Center (ARIC) was established by the Asian Development Bank to improve regional cooperation and integration. This website provides in-depth statistics, databases, resources, graphs, information, and reports regarding the economic and social performance of Asian nations.
These Country Fact Sheets contain the most relevant indicators about FDI in a country. Each sheet contains the most recent data on FDI flows and stocks, mergers and acquisitions, largest TNCs and regulatory changes.
This is a source for statistical data for nearly every country around the world. In addition to statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions are available; use our Executive Memos for fingertip access to current information and the globalEDGE network to locate members in each country.

Export USA, the export promotion magazine of the USA
David C. Dillon, H/SS Teacher, Riverside Virtual School,
David C. Dillon, H/SS Teacher, Riverside Virtual School

Locate on this map the most recent cyber attacks

City of Irvine Chamber Library of Webinars

Cultural difference in business | Valerie Hoeks | TEDxHaarlem

Coface Global Country Risk Map
See – at a glance – the risk

International Letters of Credit

Use the eCommerce Innovation Lab to Double Your Exports

The Exporter’s Toolkit: Your Guide to U.S. Government Exporting Resources

Schedule B HS Code Search

CUSTOMS Info is offering free access to Global Tariff information for users of Export.Gov.  Users of this free service can lookup country Tariff information for shipments originating in the United States.  Users are required to register for access to this free service

HTS Search
Harmonized Tariff Schedule

Summary of Government Agencies That Regulate U.S. Exports:

Videos to understand how to export

Need to understand EURO VAT Refunds?  click here

Incoterms EXW: Spotlight on Ex Works

Cross cultural communication | Pellegrino Riccardi | TEDxBergen

Cultural difference in business | Valerie Hoeks | TEDxHaarlem China

Humor and culture in international business | Chris Smit | TEDxLeuven

Doing Business In China

Global Negotiator Blog

Link to Survey of CEO’s around the world

Spotlight on INCOTERMS by Shipping Solutions

California Export Guide

Institute of Export & International Trade
Doing Business Guides

20 Terms You Need to Know When Filing through AES

All countries are categorised according to the credit risk they pose, consequently the categorisation is meant to reflect country risk. According to the OECD:  [C]ountry risk encompasses transfer and convertibility risk (i.e. the risk a government imposes capital or exchange controls that prevent an entity from converting local currency into foreign currency and/or transferring funds to creditors located outside the country) and cases of force majeure (e.g. war, expropriation, revolution, civil disturbance, floods, earthquakes).

Two indicators global companies selling internationally should be aware of are:

Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (“CPI”).

Census Business Builder (CBB)

The Census Business Builder (CBB) is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.

U.S. Department of State Tools for Businesses