By Roddie Burris
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) For many small U.S. manufacturers, USA eShop has opened the door to the $183 billion U.S. export market. Since 2013, USA eShop (based in Columbia S.C.) has made American-made products easily available to motivated customers in Europe by cutting through the red tape, customs headaches and expense of shipping abroad.
In the United Kingdom and across Europe, pet lovers can take home delivery of custom-made Cozy Cave Dog Beds and other high-quality U.S. pet items from Snoozer Pet Products in the tiny Upstate town of Piedmont.
European shoppers can also enjoy the comfort and colorful style of functional, fashionable boot socks from South Carolina’s JoJoSox, designed by a mother and daughter team in Orangeburg.
And let’s not forget the benefits and taste of tea grown on South Carolina’s coastal Wadmalaw Island by the Charleston Tea Plantation, also shipped overseas to waiting European customers.
For these small S.C. manufacturers and many others across the country, USA eShop opened the door to the $183 billion U.S. export market. But the U.S. imports more than $220 billion in goods each year, leaving a $37 billion annual trade deficit, according to U.S. Commerce statistics.
Since 2013, USA eShop has made American-made products easily available to motivated customers in Europe by recruiting small manufacturing companies that want to sell abroad, then cutting through the red tape and customs headaches and expenses to quickly get the products there.
Based in Columbia, their website, www.wishboxusa.co.uk, is billed as the only e-commerce shop that exclusively imports and sells American-made goods in Europe from small U.S. manufacturers. USA eShop was named the South Carolina Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year.
“Even though we have representative products from (more than) 30 states, it was very easy and important that we first start with companies from our own backyard, South Carolina,” said Jerry Smith, USA eShop founder and president.