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U.S. Commercial Service Services for U.S. Companies

Every year, the U.S. Commercial Service and Global Markets Division of the International Trade Administration (ITA) helps thousands of companies export U.S. goods and services worth billions of dollars. Let us help you find the best opportunities for your business in Ethiopia.

Proven Trade Expertise. Our global network of trade professionals is located throughout the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in around 70 countries, including Ethiopia. Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand your business in Ethiopia, we offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities. In addition, we will help you to develop trade finance and insurance strategies that align with your particular business objectives and help you complete your export transaction.

Following is a list of our general assistance areas. Our trade professionals will work with you to identify and tailor the right mix of ITA capabilities to achieve your exporting goals. Contact your U.S. Commercial Service trade professional in Addis Ababa for details.

Trade Counseling

Planning and Strategy

  • Create a comprehensive international business plan for entry or expansion into Ethiopia.
  • Get ideas and cost-effective solutions to help achieve your business goals.

Legal and Regulatory Issues

  • Determine export licensing needs for shipping your products.
  • Understand and comply with global product standards, certification requirements, electricity regulations, and packaging laws.
  • Learn how to avoid intellectual property rights issues and legal disputes.

Documentation and Product Requirements

  • Learn about export documents, including Electronic Export Information filing, invoices, packing lists, and certificates of origin.
  • Verify the tariff rate for your product, as well as any import fees for a particular market.
  • Determine your product’s Schedule B and HS numbers.

Trade Problems

  • Get assistance with customs-related issues.
  • Obtain advocacy support if your company’s exports or Ethiopian bids are adversely affected by a trade barrier or by market access issues.
  • Learn how to limit the risk of non-payment, and receive counseling if problems arise.

Trade Finance and Insurance

  • Formulate an export finance strategy leveraging loan programs provided by the Export-Import Bank of America, the Small Business Administration, and other trade finance organizations to reduce risk and enable your company to offer competitive terms of sale in Ethiopia.
  • Get guidance on pricing your products and services to ensure competitiveness in the Ethiopian market while maximizing your profits.

Market Intelligence

Country and Industry Reports

  • Get accurate and detailed information—at no cost—from country and industry market reports, written by our in-country trade professionals.
  • Receive updates on new regulations, business trends, and government-financed projects.

Background Reports

  • Learn about potential partners from our trade professionals working in Ethiopia.
  • Order an international company report containing available sales, profit figures, potential liabilities, and other financial information.

Trade Data and Analysis

  • Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data by country, state, commodity, and year.
  • Find industry-specific trade data and analysis.

Business Matchmaking

Contact Lists

  • Identify potential Ethiopian partners.
  • Market your firm directly to Ethiopian companies.

Partner Search

Personalized Business Matchmaking

  • Meet one-on-one with pre-screened Ethiopian buyers, sales representatives, and business partners through our Gold Key Service.
  • Leverage customized market briefings, research, and advice.

In-Country Promotions

  • Leverage customized venues to reach potential Ethiopian partners and buyers.
  • List your company in our official online directory of U.S. exporters and service providers; an affordable and convenient way to connect with customers in Ethiopia and grow your business.
  • Feature your company on our English-language buyer-directed web site.

Trade Missions

  • Participate in official business development missions led by senior U.S. government leaders. Meet with Ethiopian agents, distributors, government and industry officials, prospective customers, and U.S. Embassy officials.

Trade Shows

  • Use our International Buyer Program to meet with pre-screened buyers and receive export counseling at major U.S. trade shows.
  • Exhibit in the U.S. Pavilion at Ethiopian international trade fairs.
  • Let us distribute your marketing literature at Ethiopian international trade shows.

Commercial Diplomacy

  • Overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter the Ethiopian market.
  • Benefit from coordinated U.S. government engagement with the Ethiopian government to protect U.S. business interests.
  • Access U.S. government trade advocacy for your Ethiopian government procurement bids.

Contact us today to connect with a world of opportunity.


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