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Local, State, and Federal Resources  

This comprehensive list of local, state, and federal resources provides a range of resources for every stage of your export strategy, from new-to-export to experienced traders looking to expand.  

State export resources 

Federal export resources
Nonprofit organizations


Country connections


Washington State export resources 

The lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington

Washington State Small Business Development Centers

Offers free expert business advising, management training, market research and one-on-one technical assistance.

Provides consulting, counseling, education and other resources for Washington businesses seeking financial support for their export strategy.

Washington State Department of Agriculture
The WSDA's International Marketing Program works closely with Washington State's food and agricultural companies to help them export their products by providing companies with promotional support, market information and access to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) market assistance programs.

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Federal export resources  

Connects Seattle-area exporters with foreign buyers and provides an array of exporting services.

Connects Spokane-area exporters with foreign buyers and provides an array of exporting services.

Get help when your business has been hurt by imports

U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service
Links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security

Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies so they can succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Supports small business international trade development.

Small Business Administration Business Export Planner
The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting.

Works to protect, strengthen and represent the interests of the nation’s small businesses within the Federal Government.

Facilitates trade by enforcing U.S. trade laws that protect the economy and the health and safety of American people.

Strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.

Promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers.

The official export credit agency of the United States that assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets;  Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies to turn export opportunities into real sales. This collection of short videos explains how the institution works.

U.S. Government Agencies Involved in Export Promotion
This roadmap identifies and explains the work of various federal agencies that promote U.S. exports.

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Nonprofit organizations  

Offers local and global network of expertise to prepare inland Northwest companies to successfully do business around the world.

Impact Washington
Help for manufacturers who want to increase profits through growth services, workforce development, workflow efficiency, and market penetration and expansion, particularly through exports. Sponsors ExporTech program, a fee-based, three-day training over three months with individual coaching that focuses on strategic export plan development to accelerate a company’s ability to achieve international sales. 

Helps local businesses succeed in the global market by offering a variety of programs and resources to stimulate international trade.

A member of the World Trade Center Association, WTCSE provides business leaders a central meeting space to connect, share resources and expand international trade and economic development activities.

Provides educational and networking opportunities for international business professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

Promotes international trade policy that advances economic opportunities for Washington State.

A collaboration of local cities, ports and county governments to promote the trade interests of this region in domestic and international markets.

International Trade Compliance Institute
No or low-cost advice on regulatory compliance . Inclused online export start-up kit, export readiness assessment and a searchable database of international and national trade regulations and terms.

Offers programs that provide opportunities for everyone in Greater Seattle to be a global citizen by advancing a deep understanding of international events and culture.

Promotes the interests of the port community through effective government relations, ongoing education, and strong advocacy programs. You can also find a port directory with contact information for every port in the state.

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The following ports handle the most exports in Washington State:

The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, and supports industries as diverse as tourism and commercial fishing. The port is also a key builder of road and rail infrastructure.

The Port of Tacoma is a major center for container cargo, bulk, breakbulk, autos and heavy-lift cargo. Located on Commencement Bay, a natural deep-water harbor in South Puget Sound, the Port is ideally situated for creating jobs through Pacific Rim trade.

The Port of Everett is a natural deep-water port that strives to bring jobs, business and tourism to its local and surrounding communities.

The Port of Olympia is committed to fostering economic growth of the South Puget Sound region and serving the needs of global customers.

The Port of Vancouver has over 600 acres available for expansion and development of heavy and light industry, manufacturing, distribution warehousing, research and business-park uses. The port also has versatile cargo handling facilities, a skilled labor force, personal customer service, and extensive transportation networks.

The Port of Bellingham fulfills the essential transportation and economic development needs of the region while providing leadership in maintaining greater Whatcom County’s overall economic vitality through the development of comprehensive facilities, programs, and services.

The Port of Port Angeles strives to lead economic development in Clallam County by marketing and developing properties and facilities for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders while fulfilling the Port's environmental stewardship role.

One of Washington’s oldest ports and the only deep-water port in the state located directly on the Pacific Ocean, the Port of Grays Harbor recently celebrated the processing and shipment of its 100,000th Chrysler from its facility.

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Country connections

Promotes mutual understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and Washington State by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

Promotes stronger commercial, educational, and cultural relations between the state of Washington and China.

Brings together civic, professional, and business leaders from the Chinese community of greater Seattle.

Advances U.S.-Russia diplomatic relations.

Helps U.S. companies expand to Japan at no cost.

The hub for business opportunities and informational exchange between Hong Kong, China, and Washington state.

Supports French and American companies with their trade needs.

Promotes bilateral trade and investment relationships between Africa and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Helps American businesses explore opportunities in Norway.

Brings together Pacific Northwest businesses interested in trade with the United Kingdom.

Encourages business relationships between American and Canadian businesses.

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