Resources for exporters

U.S. Commercial Service - The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The Auto Care Association is proud to serve as the exclusive platinum sponsor for the Automotive Resource Guide: A Reference for U.S. Exporters, prepared by the U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Automotive Team.

Export.gov - The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. This site provides market research, trade events, trade leads and information on how to export. 

Office of Export Promotion Services' Trade Events List - The U.S. government has resources world-wide in Embassies and Consulates that help identify promising leads for U.S. exporters

Export USA - The export promotion magazine of the U.S. government. Export USA helps American companies find buyers and distributors for their products and services. The print version of the magazine reaches more than a quarter million readers in 178 countries.

U.S. Commercial Service Assistance Centers- The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses export their products and services.

Trade Information Center, U.S. Commercial Service - The Trade Information Center is staffed by export professionals capable of advising you on all aspects of the export process. Contact them if you need assistance with export documentation, U.S. and foreign market regulations, trade complaints, market research and more.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency - Industry and international trade specialists in the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) work directly with individual firms and manufacturing and service associations to identify trade opportunities and obstacles by product or service, industry sector, and market.

Export-Import Bank of the United States- The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

Advocacy Center, U.S. Commercial Service - Based in Washington, D.C., the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public-sector contracts with overseas governments and government agencies. The Advocacy Center helps to ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance competing abroad.

The Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance, Department of Commerce - The Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance (TANC) helps make trade agreements work for American exporters and investors. Its officers work to eliminate foreign government-imposed trade barriers by supporting U.S. efforts to negotiate new international trade agreements, and by working to ensure that existing agreements deliver the market access and fair treatment promised.

Bureau of Industry and Security – U.S. Department of Commerce - The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for control of exports for reasons of national security, foreign policy, and short supply such as “dual use” items with both military and commercial applications. Assistance with compliance with export controls can be obtained directly from your local BIS district office or from the Outreach and Educational Services Division within the BIS’s Office of Exporter Services in Washington, D.C., 202-482-4811.

National Center for Standards and Certification Information - The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) provides information about foreign standards and certification systems and requirements.

District Export Councils - Besides the immediate services of its Export Assistance Centers, the U.S. Commercial Service has direct contact with seasoned exporters in all aspects of export trade. The U.S. Export Assistance Centers work closely with 58 District Export Councils (including those in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) made up of nearly 1,500 business and trade experts who volunteer to help U.S. firms develop solid export strategies.

U.S. Commercial Service Automotive Team - The U.S. Commercial Service’s Automotive & Ground Transportation team is comprised of specialists, located throughout the Unites States at Export Assistance Centers and in American Embassies and Consulates worldwide, who are dedicated to helping you export. They are the automotive industry’s primary export assistance resource and should be your first point of contact if you are looking to sell your auto parts and services overseas.

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