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What is Export Washington?

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Export Washington, a service of the Washington State Department of Commerce Business Services Division, is the source for Washington small businesses that want to begin exporting or expand their existing export activities.

This website provides links to free or low-cost export resources that help you develop an export plan, find international buyers, research foreign markets, comply with export compliance rules and find government-guaranteed export finance, credit insurance and working capital products. Export Washington services also consist of an experienced team of Commerce international trade experts who can provide one-on-one assistance to companies seeking help selling to international markets. Our specialists provide customized and strategic counseling that matches your specific business needs—all at no or low-cost.

Contact a Commerce trade specialist when you need to:

  • Find partners and buyers interested in doing business with you
  • Manage legal and logistical issues related to exporting
  • Access public and private export financing and risk mitigation resources
  • Link to on-the-ground contacts in key European and Asian markets
  • Raise your company’s visibility at trade shows and on trade missions
  • Understand foreign distribution channels

Tools that help your business grow

Use this site to learn more about how our team of exporting experts and other local, state and federal agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions help you find and satisfy customer demand in global markets. Our goal is to give you the exporting tools and assistance you need to drive economic growth in our region, increase exports of Washington-made products and services, and increase the number of Washington companies leading the way in the global marketplace. 

Everything you need to get started

  • Educational resources.
  • Information on state and federal export assistance programs.
  • Information on export financing (grants and loans).
  • Ways to get connected through networking events, trade shows, industry forums and more.
  • Contact information for international trade and industry specialists and foreign trade representatives.

Driving a culture of exporting

Export Washington was developed to support the state’s Washington Export Initiative, which aims to boost the number of Washington companies that export by 30 percent over the next five years – and create a statewide culture of exporting. With one of every three jobs tied to exporting, Washington State is the most trade dependent state in the country. A tradition of innovation and a highly skilled workforce helped lift the state to a record $90.6 billion in exports in 2014, up from $81.6 billion from the year before. By striving toward even greater export volume, we help spur economic growth, create jobs, strengthen communities, and improve our quality of life.

This website was funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration's State Trade Expansion Program.


Are you ready to export?

Fill out our Export Assistance Form to assess your readiness.
Watch how other Washington small and medium-sized business have succeeded internationally.


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