Exporting today means more than just selling a product or service at a competitive price. It also means dealing with foreign governments and, in the case of RE&EE exporters, often means dealing with state-owned energy utilities. The Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce helps ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of competing abroad by being your advocates.
Here are some examples of actions that can be taken on behalf of qualified applicants:
The Advocacy Center also has U.S. Commercial Service liaisons to five multilateral development banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Africa Development Bank and Asia Development Bank) to assist U.S. firms and to advocate on their behalf when they compete for tenders from these banks. The liaisons counsel U.S. companies on how to work with the banks and advocate on procurement and contracting issues to ensure fair and equal treatment for U.S. companies.
The U.S. national interest is the overall basis for determining the nature and extent of U.S. government support for a viable bid or proposal in connection with an international transaction. Please see the Advocacy Guidelines for more details.
Where do I start?
A company interested in receiving U.S. government advocacy assistance must first file an Advocacy Questionnaire and Anti-Bribery Agreement with the Advocacy Center. The questionnaire is the Advocacy Center’s formal way of gathering information. It provides an in-depth look at the specifics of the project and outlines what type of assistance is being requested. Along with the questionnaire, the company must complete the Anti-Bribery Agreement, certifying that neither the company nor its affiliates will engage in bribery of foreign officials. Learn more about the Advocacy application process…
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