World Trade Center Association, a global business association of more than 330 World Trade Centers in more than 90 countries linked to over one million member companies globally. The World Trade Center Association stimulates trade and investment opportunities for international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally. Membership in World Trade Center Charleston connects a company with the world’s largest business-to-business international trade association and you’ll gain reciprocal benefits from the hundreds of world trade centers around the world.
International Trade Organizations
Trade Assistance and Government Programs
- U.S. Commercial Service, S.C. – Export advice and assistance specific to South Carolina.
- U. S. Department of Commerce – Grants, Contracting, and Trade Opportunities at Commerce. A list of available grants, government contracts, and other resources for businesses seeking either government assistance or government contracts.
- U.S. Small Business Administration – A government office to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete in the global marketplace. Includes programs for education and retraining, government loans, and venture capital.
- South Carolina Department of Commerce -
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – The government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Find information on visas, passports, immunization and more.
Importing and Exporting
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Basic Importing and Exporting – From the Department of Homeland Security, a Basics Guide for Importing and Exporting, including guides on the Toxic Substances Control Act, Export Documents, Licenses, and Requirements and importing Medication.
- USDA Foreign Agricultural Service – The Foreign Agricultural Service links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.
International Trade Resources
- globalEDGE Country Insights – Current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data are provided in a region and country-specific information in more than 200 countries.
- Tradeport – Provides export and import tutorial
- Kompass – A business-to-business search engine, like a yellow pages of foreign manufacturers. Kompass is a paid service, but a great deal can be found in its free format.
- Export.gov – Export Basics – From the Feds, Export.gov contains numerous resources, including an Export Readiness assessment, a blog, online videos, a webinar, and more.
- U.S. International Trade Commission – HTS Online Reference Tool. A chapter-by-chapter listing of HTS Codes and notes.
- U.S.Treasury – Sanctions Programs and Country Information. A guide compiled by the U.S. Treasury, detailing the various embargos levied on different countries.
- Trade.gov – Status of U.S. Free Trade Agreements (January 2014). A PDF provided by International Trade Administration detailing U.S. FTAs.
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Trade Agreements. A Resource detailing information on U.S. Free Trade Agreements, Investment Frameworks, Bilateral Investment Treaties, and more.
Questions? Contact Therese Gordon at 843.805.3007