California has a network of export and industry specialists located throughout the state. Please visit their respective websites to learn more about the export-focused services they offer.
These tools are designed to help businesses with a variety of export-related needs, from identifying suitable export markets to financing international transactions, and can be utilized by any business looking for export assistance.
- Export Solutions
A resource from the International Trade Administration with informational guides, upcoming events, and other tools that can help businesses initiate or expand their export activities.
- A Basic Guide to Exporting
A guide created by the US Commercial Service to help businesses identify ideal markets, develop an export plan, finance export transactions, handle orders and shipments, and locate sources of free or low-cost export counseling.
- Trade Tools for International Sales
A resource from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade that helps businesses identify ideal markets, develop an export plan, find export finance programs, learn about applicable laws and regulations, and build a COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan.
- Tools for Exporters
Information in this resource from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) includes locators for insurance broker locators, working capital lenders, and Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) members, as well as guides to country limitation schedules, exposure fees, claims processing, credit administration, and commercial interest rates.
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service consists of a global network of experienced trade professionals located domestically and in U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. They offer expertise through their regional Export Assistance Centers, which support U.S. businesses with international market entry and expansion guidance.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
EXIM is the official export credit agency of the U.S. and provides helpful resources for exporting businesses. Visit their website for a list of regional directors, including their contact information and the California counties for which they are responsible:
District Export Council
In partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, District Export Councils deliver workshops and seminars on exporting. They also assist local businesses with counseling services, identifying export financing sources, and building export assistance partnerships.
World Trade Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Contact your local SBDC for no-cost business consulting and low-cost business training.
California is a destination for students from around the world to study at some of the best U.S. universities. Public and private universities throughout the state encourage international students to apply.
The International Trade Administration Video Set:
- My Export Plan
- Research the Global Market Place
- Select Initial Markets
- Find Foreign Buyers
- Introduction to Free Trade Agreements
- Pricing and Quotations
More helpful videos:
- The “Export Compliance Program (ECP)” Video: This video presents the elements of an effective export compliance program for the Export Administration Regulations, administered and enforced by the Bureau of Industry and Security.
Webinars and Presentations: