US Government Agencies in Support of US Exports
All Information Captured from http://www.export.gov
Department of CommerceInternational Trade AdministrationUS Commercial Service
Trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
In over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 80 countries
Help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
U.S. Commercial Service services include:
Market Intelligence to help U.S. exporters target the right market (s) for their products and services
Trade Counseling to provide them with the information they need to navigate the export process from beginning to end
Business Matchmaking services to connect them with the right partners and prospects
Trade Advocacy for U.S companies to level the international playing field for international procurement
USCS Site: http://www.trade.gov/cs/
Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)
Official export credit agency of the United States.
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.
Ex-Im Bank assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept.
Ex-Im Bank helps to level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters.
EX-IM Bank Site: http://www.exim.gov/
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
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.
FAS 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 enhances U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.
USDA FAS Site: http://www.fas.usda.gov/
US Agency for International Development(USAID)
Independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.
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.
USAID Site: http://www.usaid.gov/
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Helps U.S. businesses
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.
OPIC charges market-based fees for its products, it operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to taxpayers.
OPIC Site: http://www.opic.gov/
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.
SBA International Site: http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/internationaltrade/index.html
US Department of StateBureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
The Department of State is the lead US foreign affairs agency, and the Secretary of State is the President's principal foreign policy adviser.
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, Energy and Business Affairs
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.
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Site: http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/
U.S. Trade and Development Agency(USTDA)
It’s mission is to advance economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.
The agency funds various services that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment, through :
USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.
USTDA Site: http://www.ustda.gov/
US Department of the TreasureOffice of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
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.
OFAC Site: http://www.treasury.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/
US Trade Representative
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.
US Trade Representative Site: http://www.ustr.gov/