Export.gov is the U.S. Government’s export promotion and finance portal. We designed this portal to deliver critical export information and services from across the U.S. Government to small and medium-sized U.S. companies to begin or expand their exporting business.
Federal export assistance is delivered by many U.S. Government Agencies. To learn more about these various agencies, we have provided you the following list.
ITA’s lead business unit for trade promotion is the U.S. Commercial Service which supports U.S. businesses through its global network of offices. The U.S. Commercial Service offers four ways to grow your international sales:
world-class market research
trade events that promote your product or service to qualified buyers
introductions to qualified buyers and distributors
counseling through every step of the export process
For more information about how our worldwide network can help your company, call 1-800-USA-TRADE or contact our Export Assistance Centers.
ITA’s other business units include: Market Access and Compliance which resolves market access issues, identifies and reduces trade barriers and ensures that foreign countries are in compliance with trade agreements; Manufacturing and Services which advocates policies to help U.S. companies be competitive at home and around the world and ensures industry’s voice is reflected in policy development; and Import Administration which administers various trade laws, monitors subsidies and promotes textile exports.
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
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.
Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.
Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. We assume credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. We also help to level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters.
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.
FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth.
FAS also enhances U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.
Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:
economic growth, agriculture and trade;
global health; and,
democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC charges market-based fees for its products, it operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to taxpayers.
The Small Business Administration (SBA), created in 1953, is the only independent agency of the federal government with the sole mission of assisting small businesses to start, grow and prosper. SBA offers loan guaranty programs that enable the small business exporter to obtain working capital to finance pre- and post- shipment needs, increase global competitiveness, enhance their ability to export a product or service and financing for acquisition of long term fixed assets.
SBA delivers its export loan programs through a network of SBA Regional Managers located in U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout the country. More information on SBA’s assistance to U.S. small business exporters can be found on the International Trade section of their web site.
The Department of State is the lead US foreign affairs agency, and the Secretary of State is the President's principal foreign policy adviser. The Department advances US objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President's foreign policy.
The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) formulates and carries out U.S. foreign economic policy, integrating U.S. economic interests with our foreign policy goals so that U.S. firms and investors can compete on an equal basis with their counterparts overseas. It implements American economic policy in cooperation with U.S. companies, U.S. Government agencies, and other organizations.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)'s mission is to advance economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. To this end, the agency funds various forms of technical assistance, investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of over 200 people, a highly committed group of professionals who have decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. They negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade policy organizations. They also meet with governments, business groups, legislators and public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and explain the president’s trade policy positions.