Export Assistance

To succeed internationally you need sound advice from competent trade professionals. The U.S. Commercial Service and its partner organizations below can help.

Illinois District Export Council (DEC)

Need expert advice on international trade? Just ask us; the Illinois DEC offers free help to the business community. To learn more, click here.

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U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)

The U. S. Commercial Service (USCS) is part of the International Trade Administration, U. S. Department of Commerce.  USCS has offices throughout the country and in over 120 foreign consulates and embassies. There are two U.S. Commercial Service offices in Illinois, one in Chicago, and one in Peoria. They can help you develop an effective export strategy, prepare your organization for exporting. They can also identify and qualify leads for potential overseas buyers, distributors, joint venture partners, and licensees — from both private and public sources. To learn more click here.

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Other Federal Agencies

In addition to the U. S. Commercial Service, several other federal agencies offer help to American exporters. They provide a host of useful services including export finance and insurance programs. The USDA offers similar programs for agricultural exports. For more information on these agencies and their services click here.

State and Local Trade Programs

There are also a number of excellent state and local trade assistance providers in Illinois that can help you learn about exporting, and find overseas customers. To see a list of these organizations and their services click here.