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Throughout the ExportHelp website we have regularly emphasised that the exporting process is complicated and difficult, and can lead to failure if the exporter does not follow all the steps through carefully. For this reason we outlined in some detail the 21 steps to export success. However, we recognise the important role that export software plays in facilitating the journey to export nirvana. For this reason we highlight those companies that are at the forefront of export software development. Follow the links below to learn more about these companies.

Advanced Customs Solutions
Established in 2001, Advanced Customs Solutions provide the freight industry with independent freight software designed to the specific needs of the industry. Developed in-house, the Advanced Customs Solutions provides a comprehensive tariff book and freight system, which, in turn, provides further sub-components, namely an import clearing system, an export clearing system, a bonded store facility, groupage and break-bulk components, and an invoicing system.

Clearlink 500
Clearing Support Services (CSS) are writers of software solutions that service the Customs Clearing Industry. These solutions include user-friendly modular import documents, exchange rates, worksheets, electronic harmonized tariff book, modular Agents Automatic Invoicing and Debtors systems. Other important systems include accounting (encompassing Creditors, General Ledger, Cash Book and Work-in-Progress), Exports, de-grouping and Bond Store/Book.

Shipshape is another supplier of popular export software packages that cover all modes of transport, seafreight, airfreight and road freight. There program is windows based and has full EDI capabilities with Customs including the new SAD500. All exports documentation is provided for under this module. They also have Import, Invoicing, Warehousing, Tariff Book and Groupage modules.

Siyakhanda International Trade Concepts (SITC)
SITC offers exporters ExportDOCS, a software program that allows users to capture and track information needed to complete all standard documentation and manage the export process. It is a dedicated software system that caters for stand-alone sharing of information as well as sharing of data between subsidairies.

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Step 1: Considering exporting
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Step 4:Broad mission statement and initial budget
Step 5:Confirming management's commitment to exports
Step 6: Undertaking an initial SWOT analysis of the firm
Step 7:Selecting and researching potential countries abroad
Step 8: Preparing and implementing your export plan
Step 9: Obtaining financing for your exports
Step 10: Managing your export risk
Step 11: Promoting the firm and its products abroad
Step 12: Negotiating and quoting in exports
Step 13: Revising your export costings and price
Step 14: Obtaining the export order
Step 15: Producing the goods
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Step 18: Providing follow-up support
Step 19: Getting paid
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