About Us

The Illinois District Export Council
is a diverse group of volunteer trade professionals dedicated to helping you develop export sales and thus contribute to the National Export Program.

We are successful exporters, accountants, lawyers, freight forwarders, bankers, trade professionals, academics, and members of local government. We pool our knowledge to provide a source of professional real-world advice to businesses and to our state’s international trade community.

The Illinois DEC provides leadership and trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion work. We represent the interests of the U.S. exporting community and provide business mentoring on the export process, trade education through our Export-U.com online export training website, plus workshops, seminars and  community outreach to encourage Illinois firms to export. We follow a value and results-driven approach to serve as a model for fellow District Export Councils nationally and adhere to the goals of:

1. Promoting export opportunities
2. Advocating trade promotion policies
3. Supporting businesses in developing export successes

We invite you to browse through our site, attend our events, and use us as a resource to help grow your export sales.

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