USPS will help rural businesses boost exports using Priority Mail International and other products. The Postal Service will offer “Grow Your Business Day” workshops through a federal initiative that aims to boost the number of exports from rural businesses.
The free seminars will be offered at 75 Post Offices and will focus on exporting, including how to file customs forms and calculate shipping costs. Participating offices will be announced later.
The initiative is in partnership with the White House Rural Council – the President recently announced a set of new executive actions to help grow manufacturing in rural areas and to provide new markets to small businesses. “As part of his “Made in Rural America” initiative launched in February 2014, the Administration is bringing together federal resources to help rural businesses and communities take advantage of new investment opportunities and access additional markets at home and abroad.”
The White House said the U.S. reached a nationwide record of $2.35 trillion in exports in 2014. “Exports supported an estimated 11.3 million U.S. jobs in 2013, up 1.6 million over 2009. On average, export-related jobs pay up to 18 percent more than non-export related positions.”
Deputy Postmaster General Stroman said as part of the initiative, “we’ll provide small businesses with information on shipping solutions to get their products to customers in foreign markets, navigating customs regulations and forms, and helping grow their business.”
The USPS introduced “Grow Your Business Day” workshops several years ago to help Post Offices connect with small businesses in their communities. Topics include direct mail, Every Door Direct Mail and global business opportunities.