Step 2: Have you Done your Research?
Having a deep understanding of your export market will help you to avoid costly mistakes and enable you to hit the ground running. Initial desk-based research will help you to prioritise the most attractive markets and identify barriers such as excessive duties or restrictive practices that may rule out other territories before you start investing serious money and time.
A visit to the market will be crucial at a certain stage, but this will be more valuable once you have some understanding of the market dynamics and the opportunity.
Download Enterprise Ireland's Steps to Exporting (pdf format) and prepare your export plan (word format).
Enterprise Ireland Supports at this Step
Are you ready to export - take our Export Health Check and develop your action plan.
Our export development programmes for new and early exporters can help provide you and your team with the tools and techniques to achieve success in international markets. Come along to one of the next Export Awareness seminars which take place regularly in a number of locations around Ireland.
Also consider taking part in our Exploring Exporting workshops, which will help you understand the challenges of exporting and take a systematic approach in preparing for export.
Our First Flight workshops and mentor support can help you systematically identify issues you need to address when preparing to export for the first time.
An experienced business mentor or adviser can advise and guide you on your export strategy and how it fits with your company's strategic plan.
Our Market Research Centre can give you access to an extensive range of business intelligence sources provided by the world's leading market research companies.
The Market Access Database contains extensive information about market access conditions in non-EU countries.
Take a look at the EUGO Network which can give Irish services companies access to information on country specific procedures required for doing business in the EU.
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners produces an informative Guide to Customs Export Procedures.
Check out additional information on our website at the Export and Import Regulations page and Packing, Marking and Shipping Requirements.
Take a look at our short guides on:
Download our latest issue of The Market - Enterprise Ireland's export magazine for client companies.
Check out our Calendar of Events for information on upcoming workshops, market study-visits and overseas trade missions.
Our comprehensive series of Country Reports provides practical advice and guidance on doing business in over 20 countries around the world, exploring in detail the local regulatory standards, political influences and cultural challenges.
Use the Enterprise Europe Network to source and license new technologies for your business and to search for business partners.
Read our tips on Putting your Export Plan in Place (pdf format) and start preparing your export plan (word format).
Our GET EXPORT READY Helpdesk team can help you access information to prepare, investigate and execute your export plan.
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