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Apply for an Export Voucher 

Up to $5,000 for your exporting needs


The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program, offers qualified companies new to exporting or expanding into new export markets up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required).

Apply for an Export Voucher

Applications for an export voucher will only be considered for events or activities taking place in the future.
Are you eligible?
Qualifying companies must:
• Meet U.S. Small Business Administration small business size standard criteria
• Use the Export Voucher for eligible activities only
• Be organized or incorporated in the U.S.
• Maintain operations in the U.S.
Be  in business for at least the 1-year period ending on the date on which the Export Voucher is used
• Have access to sufficient resources to bear the costs associated with trade, including the costs of packing, shipping, freight forwarding, and customs brokers.
• Confirm it has not received, or received approval for, another Export Voucher for the program year September 30, 2015 to September 29, 2016
• Confirm it is not under suspension or debarred by a federal agencyBe registered to do business in Washington State

Qualifying export expenses
The following types of programs and expenses are eligible for an Export Voucher:
• Trade show and trade mission fees, registration, etc.
• Travel, airfare (U.S. carrier only)
• Interpreter fees
• Translation services (website, marketing materials, etc.)
• Export training programs and services of the U.S. Foreign Commercial
• International Certifications
• And more… see the Export Voucher Program Guidelines for complete details.

To apply for a voucher, please refer to the Export Voucher Program Guidelines and the Export Voucher Program Application. For additional details, click the frequently asked questions link or contact:

Michele Ko
STEP Export Voucher Program Business Development Manager
WA State Department of Commerce
2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2600
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-256-6102
FAX: 206-256-6158

Not ready for an Export Voucher?

Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer no-charge business advising, management training and market research that can help you build your company’s export strategy. SBDCs operate in 24 locations around the state, with certified SBDC international trade specialists based in Spokane and South Seattle. Visit the SBDC portal for access to their Export Readiness Assessment and Export Business Plan Guide guide, which provides a step-by-step roadmap to building an export plan.




Read our Export Voucher Success Stories 

More than 240 companies have used STEP vouchers to offset their exporting expenses. From mobile app developers and wakeboard manufacturers to remanufactured engine specialists and turnkey metalworkers, Washington State small businesses brought home more than $128 million in new export sales with assistance from this popular program, funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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