The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched an online business tool to help manufacturing companies evaluate the hidden costs of offshoring industrial production compared with the advantages of doing business in the United States.
The "Assess Costs Everywhere" or ACE tool, lets companies check business plans against a wide range of costs and risks in offshore production -- labor costs, travel, shipping and delivery times, inventory, financing, regulatory and political stability.
Potential locations around the world are categorized for rising labor costs and intellectual property theft, among other factors. Case studies give real-world examples. There's a toolbox for public and private business resources and an industry-developed calculator.
ACE is available at: http://acetool.commerce.gov/