FCIB and U.S. Commercial Service Sign Strategic Partnership in Export Initiative

The Finance, Credit and International Business Association (FCIB) and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase awareness in the U.S. business community, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses, about exporting and the tools and resources our organizations provide to help them succeed.

“We’re pleased to welcome FCIB as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. “With more than 95 percent of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it’s imperative that American companies of all sizes consider the benefits of selling their products abroad.”

The MOU builds on previous collaborations between FCIB and ITA, including the development of the third edition of ITA’s Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters and a first-ever Spanish-language version of the guide, available soon. Written in plain and easily understood language, the Trade Finance Guide provides exporters of all sizes with what they need to know in order to use exports to grow their business.

“By working together, FCIB and ITA are making it easier for all U.S. companies to take advantage of the exporting opportunities offered around the globe. The Trade Finance Guide, which is now in its third edition and will soon be available to Spanish-speaking business owners, was only the first step in what will be a long line of collaborations geared toward unlocking world markets for businesses of all sizes,” said FCIB’s Director–Americas Marta Chacon, CICP. “FCIB is looking forward to acting as a portal through which exporters can find the tools and resources they need to effectively conduct international trade.”

Under the MOU, FCIB and U.S. Commercial Service’s network of worldwide offices will work together on marketing, education programs and events leveraging both entities’ expertise to help make U.S. businesses—and particularly small and medium-sized firms—more export savvy. Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at trade shows, direct mail campaigns and online registration for resource support.

In 2010, President Barack Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. The partnership supports this goal by educating U.S. exporters about the benefits exporting and expanding their exports to additional markets, and the public and private sector resources to assist them. FCIB joins several of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Strategic Partners who have connected more than 1,500 companies to federal export assistance.

- FCIB and the U.S. Commercial Service

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