The good news is that it has never been easier to participate in international trade. We have instant communication, a system to quickly transfer money, a huge market outside the US, and endless products that we can import.
The bad news is that it is harder than most people think:
With all these downsides, you need to evaluate your competitive environment to determine whether global trade is an option or an absolute necessity.
Foreign trade zones allow entry of foreign or domestic merchandise without formal customs entry or government excise tax. The trade zones allow this merchandise to be handled and re-shipped without entering U.S. customs.
Merchandise entering a zone may be stored, tested, sampled, relabeled, repackaged, displayed, repaired, manipulated, mixed, cleaned, assembled, manufactured, salvaged, destroyed or processed.
For more information visit http://www.ia.ita.doc.gov/ftzpage/info/ftzstart.html