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Expert Help for Exporters: A Directory of Government Assistance

If you have questions about exporting or need help getting started, chances are there is a U.S. government agency that can help you.

Here’s a list of websites related to many of the government agencies and programs that play a role in exporting.

Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

Promotes U.S. trade and investment and helps ensure fair trade by enforcing trade laws and agreements. Learn more

Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service

Part of the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Commercial Service can provide detailed information about government export programs, help you research markets, and generally guide you through the process. Learn more

Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

Can help you determine if you need a license to export your products. BIS administers and enforces the Export Administration Regulations, which govern the export of commercial/dual-use items, less sensitive military items, and most commercial satellite and spacecraft items. Learn more

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

Provides financial support to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) so they can export with confidence—whether entering new markets or increasing sales in existing ones. With EXIM support, SMBs may grant “open account” credit terms to their buyers, protect against nonpayment, provide vital working capital to fulfill orders, and offer competitive buyer financing. Learn more

Small Business Administration

Provides free counseling, training, and other assistance for small businesses, including special loan programs for businesses involved in international trade. Learn more

Department of State Business Information Database System (BIDS)

Has information on hundreds of opportunities for commerce around the globe. Learn more

Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

Controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML). Learn more

Department of State Intellectual Property Enforcement

Advocates for protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world. Learn more

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries. Learn more

Export.gov

This website brings together information from various government agencies that deal with foreign trade, including the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn more

Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

Helps U.S. exporters develop and maintain markets for food and agriculture products while also working to improve global food security. Learn more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Helps enable legitimate trade by enforcing laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently imported goods. Learn more

Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

Enforces trade sanctions against terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, targeted foreign countries, and others who threaten the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. Learn more

Food and Drug Administration

Enforces regulations dealing with imports and exports of FDA-regulated products, such as food, medical products, cosmetics, and tobacco products. Learn more

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Works to improve lives in the developing world, in part by investing in agriculture, health systems, and democratic institutions. At the same time, it helps creates markets and trade partners for the United States. Learn more

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

As the U.S. government’s development finance institution, OPIC offers a variety of financial tools, including direct loans and political risk insurance, to help U.S. businesses invest in new and emerging markets. Its products can help businesses expand internationally while supporting growth at home. Learn more

Get even more. Check out the latest White Paper.

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