Exporting to expand sales
If you have a website to sell your products or services, you have the potential to reach markets beyond your immediate borders. Missouri companies can get assistance with exporting from Missouri's International Trade and Investment Office.
The Missouri International Trade and Investment Office, part of the Department of Economic Development, is the lead agency in the state responsible for assisting Missouri firms export their goods and services. ITI has the assistance of six foreign offices located in Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Monterrey, Mexico; London, UK; and Taipei, Taiwan.
The state works collectively and in tandem with the US Department of Commerce - Commercial Service with office locations in St. Louis and Kansas City. Together they provide targeted trade promotion assistance to Missouri firms. Additionally, firms are referred to the state for assistance in the locations where the state has foreign offices as there is no fee for services in these markets and firms are referred to the Commercial and Foreign Commercial Service for assistance in other world markets where the state does not have offices.
Quite often both entities take part on joint calls and joint outreach projects and presentations to provide services to Missouri firms by taking advantage of the programs provided by the Foreign Commercial Service and Missouri global offices abroad.
In addition, the ITI works closely with the SBA and EXIM Bank and helps to promote the financing tools of both entities. The state of Missouri is a City State Partner with the EXIM Bank.
To get started:
Missouri Department of Economic Development export programs
U.S. Export basics
Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers