National Export Initiative
The Obama Administration has made it a top priority to improve the conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export – working to remove trade barriers abroad, help firms and farmers overcome hurdles to entering new markets, and assist with financing. President Obama announced the National Export Initiative in his 2010 State of the Union address to renew and revitalize our efforts to promote American exports abroad.
These efforts are paying off – and helping to change the way America does business. Now more than at any time in our history, Americans are selling more U.S. goods and services to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside of our borders. In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion and supported 9.8 million jobs.
We have reached record export numbers under the National Export Initiative despite significant economic headwinds from abroad.
A Commitment to U.S. Companies
The Administration will continue to support U.S. companies in selling their goods and services abroad by helping to create opportunities and to level the playing field. Click the links below to learn more about how we’re:
- Continuing to build our trade advocacy and export promotion efforts;
- Promoting the availability of export financing;
- Educating U.S. companies about markets opened by our free trade agreements, including those that went into effect in 2012; and concluding new trade agreements to address existing and newly emerging obstacles to U.S. exports in markets of opportunity;
- Enforcing U.S. trade rights under international agreements; and aggressively investigating unfair trade practices affecting U.S. exports or imports into the U.S. market.
U.S. companies seeking to get started exporting should visit www.export.gov for information on overseas markets, federal resources, and upcoming trade events.
Growth at the State and Local Level
The continued growth of exports from cities and communities across the country are supporting additional American jobs and helping grow our economy. Recent data showed 29 states reached record export levels in 2012.
Cities across the United States play a critical role in fueling national export growth. Exports from U.S. metropolitan areas make up 88 percent of the U.S. total merchandise exports.
The U.S. Government is leveraging its interagency field network and partners, such as the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Export Initiative, to ensure cities and states have the tools they need to incorporate local export promotion into their economic development and long-term planning.
National Export Initaitive Information
- National Export Initiative Second Anniversary
Watch the President's Export Council Meeting on Novmeber 16, 2011 (on YouTube.com)
Remarks by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Presentation of Peace Through Commerce Award, Followed by Keynote Address
American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
Remarks by Michael C. Camuñez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance
"Good Governance" Keynote
United States Mission to the OSCE: Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting
Remarks by Joseph K. Hurd III, Senior Director Export Promotion and Trade Policy
The New England Trade Development Summit
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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