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Federal Resources is the primary portal to export-related assistance and market information offered by the federal government. Supported by 14 different U.S. departments and agencies involved in international trade, can help you find trade leads, free export counseling, help with the export process and other information.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
CBP became an official agency of the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003, combining employees from the Department of Agriculture, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Border Patrol and the U.S. Customs Service. The agency's web site is a starting point for information on a host of new federal regulations and procedures affecting international travel and trade.

U.S. Department of State
Find passport and visa information, travel warnings, links to US embassies and consulates, and much more at the State Department's web site.

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Marketing & Trade
This portion of the USDA web site provides information on importing and exporting agricultural products, reports on prices and other trade statistics, and information on agricultural trade policy and procedures.

SBA Office of International Trade
This site provides information on U.S. Small Business Administration programs and assistance available for would-be exporters. It includes links to a variety of resources and to the online SBA Guide to Exporting.

Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook
The CIA's annual World Factbook is one of the best and most famous international information resources on the Internet. The World Factbook is a collection of maps, flags, and comprehensive information on every country and territory in the world. Topics addressed include political climate, recent international disputes, natural resources, environment, population, inflation rate, GDP, agriculture, industries, defense expenditures, national holidays, literacy rate, religion, legal system, labor force, and more.

State Resources - North Carolina

NC Department of Commerce International Trade Division
The International Trade Division assists North Carolina companies to take advantage of worldwide opportunities by providing value-added services. This web site provides information on State services for exporters, contact details on ITD staff in NC and foreign offices, guides to doing business in various countries, and links to publications and other resources.

NC Department of Agriculture's International Trade Office
The International Trade Office helps bridge the gap between international buyers and North Carolina suppliers of agricultural commodities, value-added foods, seafood and aquacultural products, and forest products. This web site provides information on NCDA programs to assist exporters, contact details on NC trade offices in other countries, a calendar of related trade shows, and more.

North Carolina Ports
North Carolina's Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad in Greensboro, link the State's consumers, businesses and industry to world markets and serve as magnets for business and industry. Learn more about North Carolina Ports and information and services available to exporters at this web site.

NC Small Business and Technology Development Center
The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) helps small business owners and those interested in starting a business. The SBTDC web site provides general information on exporting and importing, as well as other services and information available to small businesses.

State Resources - South Carolina

SC Department of Commerce International Trade Program
The International Trade Program offers support services to help get South Carolina companies oriented and moving in the direction for trade. The Program offers market research, strategic planning, and export consultation. The web site provides information and links to the State's programs for exporters.

Local Resource - Charlotte

US Commercial Service - Charlotte Office
The U.S. Commercial Service is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized companies with their exporting strategies. Its trade experts assist U.S. firms in exporting their products or services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, and by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives. This web site, provides contact information on the Charlotte Office staff, as well as links to publications and other organizations and web sites of interest to exporters.

Charlotte World Trade Association
The Charlotte World Trade Association (CWTA) is the region's premier resource for individuals and companies engaged in international business. Its website provides news and information on membership and monthly meetings, and provides links to a variety of international trade and business web sites of particular interest to the Charlotte region.