Agencies & Programs

Bureau of Export Administration (BXA)
Room 2705 14th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
U.S. Department of Commerce Washington DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-4811

Provides assistance to the exporting community on the Export Administration’s Regulations and export license requirements. BXA’s SNAP is now available at no cost to the exporting community. With SNAP you can: Submit export and re-export applications, high performance computer notices, and commodity classification requests via the Internet in a secure environment.

World Affairs Council of Connecticut
Phone: 860-594-4100

World Affairs Councils are a group of 86 non-profit, non-partisan organizations open to all who wish to join. The World Affairs Council system has 484,000 participants and 28 affiliated organizations. It reaches over 20 million people each year through its 2,500 events, radio, TV, and school programs.

Councils offer international exchanges, school programs, teachers workshops, foreign policy discussions, national opinion polling, travel programs, journals, newspaper columns, and local radio and television programs.

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Export Assistance Center
Middletown Export Assistance Center
U.S. Commercial Service 213 Court Street, Suite 903 Middletown, CT 06457-3382

Phone: 860 638-6950

Export-Import Bank of the United States
Office of Export Counseling 811 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20571
Phone: 800-424-5201

This agency provides support for facilitating exports, offers export credits, and guarantees and offers direct credit to borrowers outside the United States. Through the Foreign Credit Insurance Association, Eximbank provides credit protection for U.S. exporters. These policies insure repayment in the event of default by a foreign buyer and may be used as collateral for bank loans. The agency also guarantees repayment to commercial banks that provide financing to exporters covering service contracts, leases and other special situations.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Administration
National Technical Information Service Springfield, Virginia 22161
Phone: 703- 605-6000

This classification system will be used by NAFTA countries to replace the traditional SIC codes. This is availbe at NTIS website.

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)
1818 H Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.

The World Bank, owned by more than 140 member governments and based in Washington D.C., is responsible for providing both financial and technical assistance to developing countries to stimulate economic development. It also makes structural adjustment loans to help developing countries make national policy changes and institutional reforms needed to improve their balance of payments and restore economic growth.

The International Finance Corporation
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20433

The IFC is a multilateral development institution established to promote productive private investment that will contribute to the economic growth of its developing member countries. Its principal objectives are to provide the financing, technical assistance and management needed to develop productive investment opportunities in its member nations. The Corporation seeks to encourage the flow of private capital, both domestically and internationally, through the establishment or expansion of local capital markets and financial institutions. It also offers technical assistance to member governments in support of their efforts to create an investment environment which will encourage productive and beneficial domestic and foreign investment.

The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA)
11800 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 210 Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 1-800-969-FITA (3482)

FITA affiliates are 400+ independent international associations with an aggregate membership of more than 300,000 North American companies and organizations active in international trade.

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
600 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20508
Phone: 202/395-6120

This Cabinet-level agency is responsible for the direction of trade negotiations, formulation of overall trade policy, and bilateral and multilateral negotiations pertaining to trade. It represents the United States at meetings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and in negotiations with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The office publishes annually the National Trade Estimates Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, listing major barriers U.S. companies may find in exporting goods and services to various countries.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
1615 M Street NW Room 342 Washington, D.C. 20527
Phone: 202/457-7200

OPIC encourages U.S. private investment in developing countries by providing political risk insurance and finance services. Its insurance provides protection against the risks of inconvertibility of local currency, expropriation or nationalization, and losses resulting from war, revolution, insurrection or civil strife. Finance services include direct loans of up to $6 million to smaller businesses and loan guarantees of up to $50 million. Programs are available for new projects or expansion of existing facilities. OPIC operates its programs in more than 90 developing countries.

Trade Remedy Assistance Office
500 E Street SW Washington, DC 20436
Phone: 800/343-9822

This office helps small firms that have been hurt by unfair imports. They can assist in filing dumping or subsidy cases.

U.S. Agency for International Development (AID)
Washington D.C. 20523
Phone: 202-647-1850

AID offers loans and grants on concessional terms to less developed countries to further development plans. Assistance sectors include agriculture, health, population control, education, human resources, housing and private volunteer organizations. Its Bureau for Private Enterprise supports projects involving local private-sector resources. AID maintains posts at 64 U.S. embassies abroad.

U. S. Customs Office
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20229
Phone: 202-927-1000

Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about customs. Their Web site includes detailed information regarding NAFTA, and general import/export references.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202/720-8732

The department provides export guarantees to foreign buyers through the Commodity Credit Corporation. Its Foreign Agricultural Service gathers worldwide information in export data to support trade and works to reduce trade barriers. The Office of International Cooperation and Development is responsible for international technical cooperation for development assistance programs. It also acts as a liaison between U.S. companies and foreign buyers through the Agricultural Information and Marketing Service. The Trade Lead Service finds sales opportunities with foreign companies and governments and relays them to the U.S. exporter and the Buyer Alert Program forwards your sales announcements to interest buyers overseas. You do not have to make an agricultural product to make use of these services.

Centers for Disease Control
Phone: 404-332-4559

This is an invaluable number to secure information on recommended immunizations and other health precautions before traveling to or taking up residence in a specific country.

U.S. Department of State
Commercial, Legislative & Public Affairs
21st & C Street, Room 3638, Washington, D.C. 20520
Phone: Public Information 202-647-6575

Promoting U.S. exports, including exports by small business concerns, is one of the key functions carried out by the Department and by their diplomatic and consular establishments abroad. State Department and Foreign Service professionals can provide small producers unique insights into problems of foreign marketing and doing business abroad.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States
4600 Silver Hill Road,  Washington, DC 20233
Phone: 301-763-INFO

Contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is also your Guide to Sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
409 3rd Street, SW,  Washington, DC 20416
Phone: 1-800-U-ASK-SBA

Was created by Congress in 1953 to help America’s entrepreneurs form successful small enterprises. Today, SBA’s program offices in every state offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms. These programs are delivered by SBA offices in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, the SBA works with thousands of lending, educational and training institutions nationwide.

U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration
Provides grants for infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development to help communities alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment in economically distressed areas and regions.

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 877-889-5627

Has developed its Web Site to make information about the Department, its programs, and the laws and regulations it administers widely available and easy to access. This site contains labor-related data, it provides direct access to databases of the DOL and of other government agencies that contain labor, employment, and economic data.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Phone: 202-606-9900

Estimates a broad range of economic variables such as income, gross domestic product, retail sales and residential construction.

U.S. Bureau of the Census
Provides a wealth of social, demographic and economic information. Their “Current Economic Indicators” page is a convenient index of major statistics on people, businesses and the macro economy.