International Trade Resources

Education

Port of Los Angeles – Trade Connect

The Port of Los Angeles offers workshops throughout Southern California, aimed at educating and encouraging exporters. Programs include the national Export University program series and other events focused on specific markets.

College for International Trade Development

The College for International Trade Development invests in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management

The Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management offers a network of campuses in Southern California, and an MBA program in global business. Part-time and full-time programs are available.

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is an Arizona State University owned entity, offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees focused on global business.  The main campus is located in Glendale, Arizona.

UCLA Extension Business, Management and Legal Program

UCLA Anderson School offers both executive education certificate programs, and graduate degrees focused on international business.  Full-time and part-time graduate degrees are available at the Westlake California campus.

Trade.gov – International Trade Administration

Trade.gov is the U.S. Commercial Service web site that brings together access to all export support resources from the U.S. government.  Training, online market research, program information for export development activities, and Commercial Service contacts are some of the many available programs.

Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)

Centers for International Trade Decelopment (CITD) network locations are hosted by California Community Colleges, and provide no-cost and low-cost training to exporters. Individualized training for companies and individuals is available, as well as various events and seminars on export related topics.

Embassies and Consulates

Search engine for Embassies & Consulates around the world.

Consulates in Los Angeles

Argentina – Australia – Bangladesh – Belize – Canada –  China – Chile – Costa Rica – Czech Republic –Demark –  Ecuador – Finland – France – Germany – Guatemala – Greece – Hungary – Iceland – India – Indonesia – Israel – Italy –Japan – Korea – Mexico – Paraguay – Peru – Philippines – Poland – Romania – Russian Federation – South Africa – Spain – Switzerland – Thailand – Turkey – United Kingdom – Uruguay – Venezuela

Exporting

The Bureau of Industry and Security

The Bureau of Industry and Security maintains security of U.S. exports and imports.  They issue export licenses of controlled items.  The Agency also maintains lists of banned persons, and classifications of controlled export items.

California Export Guide

San Diego State University publishes the California Export Guide containing a variety of facts, figures and resources aimed an export promotion in California.

ExporTech™

ExportTech is a U.S. government-supported training program designed to assist companies to plan and execute export entry and or expansion of export markets. Training programs require top management participation and in-depth individualized counseling and support.

Export.gov

Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. From market research and trade leads from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service to export finance information from Export-Import Bank and the Small Business Administration to agricultural export assistance from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Export.gov helps American exporters navigate the international sales process and avoid pitfalls such as non-payment and intellectual property misappropriation. Export.gov was created to provide better customer service for businesses interacting with the Federal Government. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 Federal Agencies that offer export assistance programs and services.

Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC)

The Los Angeles Regional Export Council is non-profit, non-partisan, membership-based organization serving the Los Angeles region to promote and facilitate global trade and investment.

Mayor Garcetti’s Export Program

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has formed an international trade arm to encourage, support and educate Los Angeles exporters.  The Office is collaborating with other organizations, including VITA, the U.S., Commercial Service, LARExC and others to provide export-related help to local businesses.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the U.S. government agency tasked with assisting U.S. companies to finance their exports.  Programs include export credit insurance, and a variety of loan guarantees to provide supplier and buyer financing, mostly from participating lenders.

State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Initiative

The State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program (STEP) grants are funded by the SBA (U.S. Government), and administered by the States which are awarded funding.  California has been awarded STEP Grant funding, which is disbursed to exporters as matching funds for export promotion activities, like research, travel, and trade show participation.

U.S. Department of the Treasury / Office of Foreign Assets Control

The US Department of the Treasury and The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and monitors economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. Policy.  OFAC provides sanctions lists of blocked, specially designated persons, who may be subject to forfeiture and or prohibition.

Freight Forwarders

Global Logistics Associates

The Global Logistics Associates a non-profit corporation of independent freight forwarders and Customs brokers. The group was organized to promote common business interests through friendly and fraternal cooperation.

International Federation of Customs Brokers Association

The International Federation of Custom Brokers Association offers custom brokers the best way to keep up-to-date on matters of vital importance in the world of trade facilitation and security.

International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association’s main objectives are to unite the freight forwarding industry worldwide, to represent, promote and protect the interests of the industry by participating as advisors or experts in meetings of international bodies dealing with transportation, to familiarize trade and industry and the public at large with the services rendered by freight forwarders through the dissemination of information, distribution of publications, etc., to improve the quality of services rendered by freight forwarders by developing and promoting uniform forwarding documents, standard trading conditions, etc., and to assist with vocational training for freight forwarders, liability insurance problems, tools for electronic commerce including electronic data interchange and bar-code.

Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association

The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association is the premier organization in Southern California for international trade, representing the common business interests of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders as professionals in dealing with government, carriers, industry and one another.

National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA)

The National Custom Brokers and Forwarders Association of America Inc. (NCBFAA), is the nation’s leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries, and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry, and through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members.

General Information

Alibaba.com

The world’s largest marketplace for global trade and is the leading provider of online marketing services for importers and exporters. Alibaba.com is the number one destination for buyers and sellers to find trade opportunities and promote their businesses online.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting serve manufacturing as a trusted advisor providing solutions that impact and grow the California economy. CMTC is proud to serve California manufacturers through job retention and creation, cost savings and increased sales.

California Center for International Trade Development (Cal CITD)

The California Center for International Trade Development invests in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA)

The Federation of International Trade Associations Global Trade Portal, is the source for international import export trade leads, events, and links to 8,000 international trade (export import) related Websites and has excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 4,000+ sites related to international trade.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council enhances your efforts to expand your business in international trade by providing marketing opportunities, business matching services, market intelligence. The Council is the global marketing arm and service hub for manufacturers, traders and importers / exporters.

Los Angeles Area Chamber / World Trade Week (WTW)

For more than 90 years, World Trade Week, an initiative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.

Los Angeles World Airport

Los Angeles World Airports  is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International and Van Nuys general aviation airports. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Minority Business Development Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research. The MBDA works throughout the Nation to link minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow. They advocate and promote minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders. Serving as subject matter experts and advocates for the minority business community, the MBDA conducts high quality research and cultivates domestic and international relationships. Through a national network of  MBDA Business Centers and a wide range of domestic and international strategic partners, The MBDA provides Agency clients with technical assistance and access to capital, contract, and new markets opportunities to create new jobs.

Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)

Monterey Bay International Trade Association is a non-profit international trade center dedicated to provide trade promotion services to the California, U.S. and foreign country business communities. MBITA utilizes advanced Global eCommerce technologies for its clients and members to maximize global trade opportunities.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a U.S. Government agency tasked with assisting U.S. companies to establish joint-ventures with non-U.S. partners outside the U.S.  OPIC offers loans, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for investment funds.

Small Business Association (SBA)

Small Business Association’s Small Business Office of International Trade (OIT) is a division of the SBA (U.S. Government Agency) tasked with providing loan guarantees to banks and other lenders whose borrowers are exporters.  The OIT loan guarantees offer enhanced guarantee levels beyond those available for domestic loans, and several flexible loan structures are available.

The Association of Women In International Trade (WIIT)

The Association of Women in International Trade works to promote the professional development of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development. WIIT is a volunteer-run organization and the only trade organization in the Washington area that fully integrates its membership in program development and leadership roles.

U.S. Census Bureau 

The U.S. Census Bureau collects and publishes a variety of statistics for the U.S. Government.  Among the statistics collected and published are trade (import and export) statistics by country, product category, including both goods and services.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for guarding the borders of the U.S. and ensuring safe and legal movement of people and goods into the U.S.  This includes cargo security and agricultural protection.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) funds U.S. based private partners to administer market development programs in the U.S.  FAS also has officers based in foreign markets who are tasked with assisting companies to develop new markets for agricultural products, long term market development, and lowering barriers to U.S. agricultural exports.

U.S. Department of Commerce

The United States Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and secure trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. Through its 12 bureaus and nearly 47,000 employees located in all 50 states and more than 86 countries, the Department of Commerce works to provide U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service. Among many other functions, the Department oversees ocean and coastal navigation, helps negotiate bilateral free and fair trade, and enforces laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

The FDA’s organization consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

U.S. Southern California Regional District Export Council (DEC)

For 30 years, The U.S. Southern California Regional District Export Council has served the United States by assisting companies in their local communities export, thus promoting our country’s economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the 59 DECs combine the energies of nearly 1,500 exporters and export service providers who support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts throughout the country.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

Van Nuys Los Angeles Airports (VNY)

Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Airport ranks as one  of the world’s busiest general aviation airports. Dedicated to non-commercial air travel, Van Nuys Airport had over 220,000 takeoffs and landings in 2016. Van Nuys Airport has two parallel runways including one 8,000 feet in length and equipped with full instrument landing, as well as a training runway 4,000 feet in length. The FAA airport tower operates from 6:00 am to 10:45 pm daily.

World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA)

The World Trade Center Los Angeles, provides business assistance to international companies seeking to locate or expand operations in Los Angeles, and to local companies seeking to export products and services to the international market. As the leading international trade service and promotion organization in the Los Angeles region, WTCLA supports the development of international trade and business opportunities through our business assistance, educational and matchmaking programs.

Importing

International Trade Administration

The International Trade Administration (ITA) agency is tasked with promoting U.S. businesses by supporting fair trade initiatives, enforcement of trade agreements and regulations, and through the Department of Commerce, assisting U.S. exporters with market development.

Trade Port

Trade Port is a repository of free information and resources for businesses involved in all aspects of global trade. Created in 1996, Trade Port is supported by an alliance of public and private sector trade promotion service organizations in California that assist businesses and their foreign counterparts in bilateral trade and investment opportunities.

International Trade Law

Trade Compliance Center (TCC)

The Trade Compliance Center is the U.S. Government’s one-stop shop that helps American exporters facing foreign trade barriers and works to insure that U.S. exporters receive the full benefits negotiated for them in our trade agreements with foreign nations.

California International Trade Development Centers

The California International Trade Development Centers invest in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce.

U.S. Commercial Information

Buy U.S.A.

A service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service. This is the most comprehensive source for commercial information about the United States of America and it allows you to search for commercial information as specifically and broadly as you need.

U.S. Commercial Service

The United States Commercial Service creates prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and has trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.