U.S. Department of Commerce


The U.S. Commercial Service is the lead trade promotion agency of the U.S. government. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.



Trade Counseling

Planning and Strategy: Create a comprehensive international business plan for entry or expansion into targeted markets. Get ideas and cost-effective solutions to help achieve your business goals. Legal and Regulatory Issues: Determine export licensing needs for shipping your products. Understand and comply with global product standards, certification requirements, electricity regulations, and packaging laws. Learn how to avoid intellectual property rights issues and legal disputes. Documentation and Product Requirements: Learn about export documents, including Electronic Export Information filing, invoices, packing lists, and certificates of origin. Verify the tariff rate for your product, as well as any import fees for a particular market. Determine your product’s Schedule B and HS numbers. Trade Problems: Get assistance with customs-related issues. Obtain support from our Advocacy Center if your company’s exports or foreign bids are adversely affected by a trade barrier or by market access issues. Learn how to limit the risk of non-payment, and receive counseling if problems arise. Trade Finance and Insurance: Formulate an export finance strategy leveraging loan programs provided by the Export-Import Bank of America, the Small Business Administration, and other trade finance organizations to reduce risk and enable your company to offer competitive terms of sale. Get guidance on pricing your products and services to ensure competitiveness in your target markets while maximizing your profits.

Business Matchmaking

Contact Lists: Identify potential partners. Market your firm directly to local companies. Partner Search: Identify potential partners and get detailed company reports. Determine the marketability of your product or service. Personalized Business Matchmaking: Meet one-on-one with pre-screened buyers, sales representatives, and business partners through our Gold Key Service. Leverage customized market briefings, research, and advice. Trade Missions: Participate in official business development missions led by senior U.S. government. Meet with agents, distributors, government and industry officials, prospective customers, and U.S. Embassy officials. Trade Shows: Use our International Buyer Program to meet with pre-screened buyers and receive export counseling at major U.S. trade shows. Exhibit in the U.S. Pavilion at our Certified Trade Fairs. Let us distribute your marketing literature at international trade shows. In-Country Promotions: Leverage customized venues to reach potential partners and buyers. Feature your company on our local-language Web sites.

Market Intelligence

Country and Industry Reports: Get accurate and detailed information—at no cost—from more than 100,000 country and industry market reports, written by our in-country trade professionals. Receive updates on new regulations, business trends, and government-financed projects. Customized Market Research: Gauge the sales potential for your products or services with individualized reports on global markets. Discover which factors influence prospective customers, identify your competitors, and obtain pricing for comparable products. Background Reports: Learn about potential partners from our trade professionals working in the target markets. Order an international company report containing available sales, profit figures, potential liabilities, and other financial information. Trade Data and Analysis: Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data by country, state, commodity, and year. Find industry-specific trade data and analysis. Obtain country-specific tariff and trade agreement information. Commercial Diplomacy: Overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter international markets. Benefit from coordinated U.S. government engagement with foreign governments to protect U.S. business interests. Access U.S. government trade advocacy for your foreign government procurement bids.