Start Up: Programs

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The Arizona Commerce Authority's International Trade Program offers Arizona-based companies valuable export services to amplify their trade opportunities in international markets. Services include assistance and trade counseling, getting started, contact facilitation, company background, export leads, educational programs, and more.  We offer global exposure to Arizona's small- and medium-sized companies through coordinated trade missions to Europe, Latin America and Canada and participation in world-class trade shows such as the Paris Air Show, Farnborough International Air Show and Green Expo Mexico City.

Export Counseling

From basic questions about getting started to specific concerns about developing the export side of your business, our team consists of experts in the intricacies of marketing abroad. In addition to comprehensive general free trade information, market reports, statistics and online resources, we help you find interested trading partners, sponsors “how to" workshops, and meet with you and your staff to assist in developing your individualized trade strategy.

Getting started

Your first step is to identify the most lucrative potential market for your products or services. We will assist with country-specific information gathered by U.S. embassies and consulates detailing market size, distribution channels, and major players; reference materials/resources for your industry, including the export guide by the International Trade Administration "A Basic Guide to Exporting;" and reports on worldwide trends in your primary target areas.

For some consumer goods as part of the export documentation, you must complete a certificate of free sale, which certifies that the products to be exported are consumed in the United States.

Arizona Trade Office in Sonora, Mexico

From export novices to the export professionals, the Arizona State Office in Sonora may help any businesses achieve export goals in Mexico efficiently and economically. Services include export assistance including first hand market information, partner searches, contact facilitation, participation in trade events, trade missions and customized trade matchmaking services.

Trade Missions and Catalog/ Trade shows

ACA trade missions are designed to introduce small- and medium-sized Arizona businesses to international markets. Our trade staff will help you identify prospective partners/distributors, schedule meetings, arrange for interpreters and networking events. These missions provide an opportunity to assess target markets first hand. We also invite Arizona businesses to exhibit at trade and catalog shows around the world. You can buy your own booth space or share with another Arizona firm. In some cases, you may promote your export business through catalog shows attended by our trade staff.