Smart Tools

Get updated market information and intelligence about export markets, about international buyers and about your competitors. Use globally bench-marked tools, methodologies and business models, and reliable sources of information. Use these Smart tools in preparing your entry or expansion into the world markets.

Market Research

International Trade Centre
Market analysis, trade information and surveys fleche

ITC Market Insider for information on products fleche

CBI – Netherlands
Market information and surveys fleche

Coface Economic Studies and Country rating
Listings of countries based on degrees of market and political risk fleche

MIGA Countries Investment Information
More than 100 country profiles compiled by the World Bank fleche

McKinsey Global Institute
Profiles of markets for many countries and industries fleche

International Trade
Country descriptions of geography, people, economy, government, export, import and transport. Also resources for export finance and credit insurance, global logistics and supply chain, management, customs, international law and trade law, international marketing and business travel fleche

Country, Economy and Regional Information
Country profiles for more than 230 countries. Compiled by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade fleche

German Institute for Economic Research
Reports on industries and economics in Germany. In both English and German  fleche

Agri-Food Trade Service
Canada’s Department of Agriculture’s market reports of various regions  fleche

CEO Express
A business portal for accessing all types of business information fleche

Research and Markets
Source for international market research and market data. Fee for reports fleche

Corporate Information
Information about more than 350,000 companies worldwide. Search by company name, stock ticker symbol, industry, or location  fleche

Market research reports for the following industries: Finance, Telecoms, Media & Technology, Maritime & Law, Agribusiness & Commodities, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare  fleche

ESOMAR is the World Association of Opinion and Marketing Research Professionals which unites over 4000 members in 100 countries, both users and providers of research  fleche

FEDEX International Resource Center
Resources for international market research. Includes country profiles, documentation guidelines, shipping guidelines, links and other resources  fleche

BBC News – Country Profiles
BBC site providing full profiles including history, politics and economic background of countries  fleche


A searchable online catalogue of printed and electronic publications on products, sectors, countries and themes of interest for exporters, importers, researchers, trade support institutions and academia.   fleche

Starting to export & import

Doing Business
World Bank site that provides detailed information on the time, costs, and procedures required for trading and doing business in 175 countries.  fleche

SME Toolkit
Business management information and training for small businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The subjects covered are: Accounting and Finance, Business Planning, Human Resources (HR), Marketing and Sales, Operations, and Information Technology (IT). fleche

Export Blueprint
Video course for starting and expanding an export business. fleche

Free export webinars for international business professionals at different experience levels. fleche

International Trade Tools
Website with training facilities.  fleche

International Trade Barriers

ITC’s tool providing updated information about customs tariffs (including tariff preferences) applied by 197 countries and faced by 239 countries and territories.  fleche

World Trade Organization
The WTO is the only international body dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, the legal ground-rules for international commerce and for trade policy. fleche

WTO – Safeguard Measures
The WTO’s members agreement on the type of “safeguard” action (i.e., restrict imports of a product temporarily) to protect a specific domestic industry from an increase in imports of any product which is causing, or which is threatening to cause, serious injury to the industry.  fleche

WTO – Technical Barriers to Trade
The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures by member countries do not create unnecessary obstacles to the importation of goods and products.  fleche

Trade glossaries

ExportBureau.Com – Dictionary/Glossary
A glossary of terms used in international trade.fleche_white

Glossary of Agriculture Terms
USDA listing of agricultural terms used in international trade.fleche_white

ISO Standards Glossary
Glossary of international standards as defined by the ISO. fleche_white
Glossary of maritime transportation terms. fleche_white

The Acronym Database
Website providing a list of acronyms (abbreviations constructed mostly from the initial letters of the words of a phrase), gathered from many network sources and submitted by users. fleche_white


ITC’s world trade statistics database with data from 220 countries and territories and 5300 products of the Harmonized System. Trade data is also available at the tariff line level for more than 120 countries and on a quarterly and monthly basis for more than 50 countries.  fleche

World Integrated Trade Solution
Major international trade and tariffs data compilations: UN COMTRADE (Commodity Trade) database maintained by the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD); TRAINS (Trade Analysis Information System) maintained by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); IDB (Integrated Data Base) and CTS (Consolidated Tariff Schedule) databases maintained by the World Trade Organization (WTO).  fleche

SourceOECD is the online library of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It offers access to the full text of the books, periodicals and statistical.  fleche

Statistical database maintained by the Statistical Division of the UNECE Secretariat. It provides detailed statistical information on countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia. Data are organized by domains and subject or policy areas.  fleche

National Statistical Offices Websites
Links to national statsics websites of most major United Nations members. Prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division.  fleche

Comparative information on the potential and performance of 25 emerging economies as locations for global sourcing and production.  fleche

Focus Economics
Provider of economic intelligence for Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas (+70 countries). FocusEconomics is based in Barcelona, Spain, and is supported by an extensive global network of analysts.  fleche

World Customs Organization
The WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.  fleche

World Tariff
Publication of customs duty & tax information for all customs areas worldwide.  fleche

Customs Info
Tariffs and landed costs in over 100 countries, Federal Register Notices and Broker Power Archives.  fleche

ITC’s tool providing updated information about customs tariffs (including tariff preferences) and non-tariff barriers applied by 197 countries and faced by 239 countries and territories.  fleche

On line reporting system for non-tariff barriers
A global reporting system for companies involved in international trade to report NTBs they face and to allow them to compare their experiences with other reports. fleche

Reporting NTBs in Africa
The online reporting, monitoring and eliminating mechanism developed for the REC (COMESA, EAC, SADC). fleche

ITC’s tool providing updated information about customs tariffs (including tariff preferences) and non-tariff barriers applied by 197 countries and faced by 239 countries and territories.  fleche

ExportDoc Worldwide

Automated customs, export, and shipping documents. fleche

Shipping Solutions

Software that automatically completes more than 15 standard export forms, including the pro forma and commercial invoices, packing list, shipper’s letter of instruction, Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED), inland and ocean bills of lading, dock receipt, NAFTA Certificate, generic certificate of origin, Canada Customs Invoice, and bank draft/transmittal letter. fleche


Suite of applications offers end-to-end Internet Trade Logistics (iTL) functionality that enables enterprises to access real-time information, manage shipping requirements of electronic commerce, generate multi-lingual trade documents, and maintain compliance with international trade regulations. fleche

International Trade Fairs
Dates on exhibitions worldwide with detailed exhibition particulars, including organisers and exhibition and congress centres.  fleche

Trade Fairs in Germany
Trade fairs in Germany with links to trade associations and other trade fair sites.  fleche

Trade Fairs wordwide
Trade fairs with dates updated on a monthly basis.  fleche

News on Trade Fairs
News and reviews on trade fairs, including e-Newsletter.  fleche

Association of related partners
The association of trade show organisers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry and its partners.  fleche

Business directories for 70 countries. 1.9 Million Companies, 23 Million key product references, 3.5 Million executives names and 750,000 trade and brand names.  fleche

CEO Express
Links to major Web sites of use to international business executives.  fleche

Directory of German and other companies looking for partnerships and investment. Enables both German and foreign companies to publicize their products and services on Internet and  to inquire about the products and services they need. fleche

WLW Online
“Wer liefert was?” which translated means “Who supplies what?” (WLW) is a European information provider on companies, products and services. Lists of companies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Finland, UK, Italy, Slovenia, and Sweden.  fleche

Coble International Global Resources Center
Directories of importers, exporters. Also geographic and industry specific directories. Fee to purchase.  fleche

Global Sources
Directory of manufacturers and suppliers worldwide.  fleche

Global Spec
Vertical search serving the engineering, manufacturing and related scientific and technical market segments.  fleche
Database of importers worldwide.  fleche

Telephone directories from around the world on-line including white, yellow and fax pages from more than 184 countries.  fleche

Worldwide trade leads and business directory.  fleche

Supports trade processing between buyers and sellers who are unknown to one another by bringing together all parties involved in an international trade transaction including financial institutions, carriers, freight forwarder, surveyor, on the same electronic page.  fleche

AEB International
Global trade software solutions integrating compliance, export control and supply chain management.  fleche

An open platform that enables paper less trading between buyers, sellers, logistics, banks, agencies and regulatory authorities anywhere in the world, delivering transaction visibility, predictability, speed, accuracy and security.  fleche

Software that manages supply chain.  fleche

Complete intergrated system for managing the complete supply chain.  fleche

Infor SCM
Software for management of all aspects of supply chain management.  fleche

Tax Information For International Businesses
Website of the US Internal Revenue Service that explains taxation for foreign businesses doing business in the US and US businesses doing business abroad.  fleche

European Commission Taxation and Customs Union
Commission devoted to reform and coordination of Customs and taxation throughout the European Union.  fleche

Tax Sites
Links to information about taxes worldwide.  fleche

WIPO – Intellectual Property Digital Library (IPDL)
Access to various intellectual property data and support. Fully searchable information retrieval and display by users on demand. Download

WTO – Trade Topics – Intellectual Property Gateway
The World Trade Organization’s listing of documents, agreements and position on Intellectual Property Gateway. Download

WTO – Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

World Trade Organization’s agreement to promote effective and adequate protection of intellectual property rights, and to ensure that intellectual property rights do not themselves become barriers to legitimate trade.  Download

Intellectual Property Links
Website offering links to organizations and resources on intellectual property compiled by patent attorney Ralph Beier. Download

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International Business Etiquette and Manners
Site that describes how to behave in international business situations in more than 30 countries.  fleche

Getting Through Customs – Passport Database
Database of global business practices, cognitive styles, cultural overviews, medical & political information, contacts, religious & societal influences on business, protocol, Cultural I.Q. Quizzes, and more for international travellers.  fleche

Kwintessential Country Profiles
Information about language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquette in more than 45 countries.  fleche


A series of online courses and access to educational material on a range of trade-related topics. The Academy provides access to pragmatic, topical online courses and learning materials to support skills development in Export Development and Trade Related Technical Assistance. fleche


The WTO E-CAMPUS is part of WTO technical assistance and outreach programmes. Online interactive courses on a variety of international trade matters are available. fleche