New Search Engine Targets Import-Export Industry

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The newest addition to the search landscape, ImportGenius.com, provides access to a database of every shipment entering the United States since 2006 to gain detailed information about their competitors and suppliers. The tool lets users quickly identify the leading importers and exporters in any industry, find out exactly what they shipping and when, while offering contact information for both the sender and receiver of every shipment matching the user's search.

ImportGenius.com just released its powerful new search engine for the import-export industry. The web application provides instantaneous access to an enormous (and continuously updated) database of records on every shipment entering the United States from 2006 to yesterday. Calling it the world's most valuable competitive intelligence tool for the international trade business, the company says its service will revolutionize the way companies find and evaluate both suppliers and competitors.

When users do a search, ImportGenius returns in-depth information about every related shipment processed by U.S. customs during the date range the user selects. Typing in the name of an importer instantly reveals contact information for the overseas supplier of every shipment imported into the U.S., along with the dates of arrival and other useful data. The results of any search can be easily exported to Excel or CSV format, so the data can be merged into other corporate databases.

For example, a search for "Pacific Cycle" instantly reveals the identity of this Wisconsin-based bicycle distributor's main overseas suppliers, Tianjin Fuji-Da Bicycle Co. Sunnex International Company, and Shenzhen Xidesheng Bicycle Co. With a few additional clicks, the precise details of all of their recent shipments are visible. An ocean container of 4,116 bicycles from Tianjin Fuji-Da Bicycle Co. was imported through the port of Oakland on March 30, 2008. A competitor could make valuable use of this data, learning more about Pacific Cycle's supplier relationships, their buying volume, and recent business trends.

ImportGenius also allows users to search by product type, quickly returning detailed information on all matching shipments that cleared U.S. customs during the chosen date range. For instance, a search for "ceramic tile" for the first two weeks of May 2008 reveals that 154 shipments entered the United States and provides contact information for both the importer and exporter of each. There is no faster way to identify competitors, learn about their import volumes, and discover where they source their products overseas.

Users can also combine searches to further refine the results. For example, a search for hockey skates imported by Nike reveals that the company imported 86 containers of Bauer hockey skates in the last twelve months. For each container ImportGenius shows the quantity (between 300 and 625 cartons), the manufacturer (Menxon Enterprise of Bangkok, Thailand), the arrival date and more.

ImportGenius.com earns money through monthly subscription packages targeting a range of business customers. Businesses can gain access to data on all shipments in single industry vertical for $399 per month. For businesses interested only in tracking a single supplier or competitor, more limited packages start at just $199 per month. The company is offering free trial accounts during May 2008.

About ImportGenius.com:
ImportGenius.com allows businesses to access detailed information on the U.S. importing activities of their competitors, their suppliers, their competitors' suppliers and more through an easy-to-use online search interface. Founded in 2007, the company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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