U.S. Trade Initiatives

Discover how programs such as the National Export Initiative and Trade Americas are helping U.S. companies sell more overseas and expand operations in global markets.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

TPP will help U.S. businesses compete in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. These countries already have 800 million consumers.  The agreement eliminates tariffs, lowers service barriers, and increase transparency while also increasing U.S. companies’ competitiveness by instituting stronger intellectual property rights protection and establishing enforceable labor and environmental obligations.

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NEI/NEXT

The National Export Initiative and its successor NEI/NEXT is a customer service-driven strategy of information resources to ensure American businesses are fully able to capitalize on expanded opportunities to sell their goods and services abroad.  Metrics of the success of NEI/NEXT are the dollar value of U.S. exports, the number of U.S. companies exporting and those exporting to more than one international market, and U.S. exports to emerging countries and trade agreement markets.

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Doing Business in Africa

Why Africa? Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing countries in the world. The International Monetary Fund projects 5-6 percent annual growth in sub-Saharan Africa over the next several years.  
 

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Trade Americas Look South

Look South helps American companies expand into these dynamic markets with rapidly growing middle class consumers and diversified industries: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondoras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

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President's "E" Awards

The President's "E" Awards recognize U.S. companies that demonstrate four years of successive export growth and a rising percentage of export sales within total sales.

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Startup Global

Startups are critical to the American economy. They inspire innovation, foster an entrepreneurial spirit, and create jobs. This initiative supports the growth and competitiveness of U.S. startups. 

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Smart Cities, Regions & Communities Export Opportunities

The Department of Commerce's Smart Cities, Regions & Communities Export Opportunities increases U.S. company competitiveness in Smart City exports by providing resources and knowledge related Access to Capital, Trade Promotion, Industry Sectors and Internet of Things. This guide showcases U.S. Government initiatives, specifically within the U.S. Department of Commerce to inform and assist U.S. companies to play a greater collaborative role in helping global cities address their urbanization challenges.

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eCommerce Innovation Lab

The eCommerce Innovation Lab (EIL) is the natural next step in export consulting and guidance, helping small and medium-sized businesses to do business online.  Check out the eCommerce Resource Center.

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