Managing Risk

Entering a foreign market can be risky. Below is a list of resources to help minimize and manage risks and threats to your company when doing business abroad.

Country Risk Assessment

Companies in some countries are riskier to do business with than others. For more information on specified countries:

Agricultural Tariff Tracker

A tariff is a tax levied by a government on goods and/or services imported and/or exported. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service division hosts an Ag Tariff Tracker tool to help businesses determine product tariffs. To learn more about tariffs in general click here.

Protecting Your Company

When doing business abroad your company and/or product may be vulnerable to proprietary threats. To learn more about such risks and ways to minimize them click on the following links:

Economic Espionage

The Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1831-1839, defines economic espionage as “the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret with the intent or knowledge that the offense will benefit any foreign government, foreign instrumentality, or foreign agent.”

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has a site dedicated to the prevention and elimination of economic espionage. You can access the site by clicking here.

Counterintelligence brochures covering various economic espionage topics can be accessed by clicking here.

To report violations, obtain additional information, or schedule a briefing regarding Economic Espionage, contact your local field office through this webpage.

Additional Resources