ABOUT

Our Mission:
 

The North Carolina District Export Council (NC DEC) contributes its leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts by counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education.

For the past 25 years, District Export Councils (DECs) have served the United States by helping companies in their local communities to export, thus promoting our country's economic growth and creating new and higher paying jobs. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service's domestic offices, the more than 60 DECs combine the energies of approximately 1,500 exporters, private- and public-sector export service providers, and other export support partners throughout the United States. 

The North Carolina District Export Council:
 

  • Encourages exports to strengthen individual companies, stimulate economic growth, and create jobs. 

  • Coordinates activities with the U.S. Commercial Service offices in North Carolina and numerous other trade assistance partners.

  • Volunteers its time and expertise to educate and promote awareness of export trade opportunities.

  • Seeks opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level.

  • Plans and hosts NC DEC programs & activities.

  • Helps exporters in their local communities.

  • Advocates for small & medium-sized exporters.

 

NC DEC PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES 
 

HELPING EXPORTERS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES:
 

  • Sponsors/participates in trade activities and export education events

  • Provides expertise to small- and medium-sized businesses interested in exporting

  • Provides mentoring programs and tools to help firms access trade opportunities

  • Supports export recognition awards

  • Assists international buyer delegations

  • Educates those outside the trade community about the benefits of exporting to the economy

BUILDING THE TRADE DNA:
 

  • Speaks to students at all levels about the benefits of exporting

  • Provides NC DEC members to judge student international marketing competitions

WORKING WITH THE U.S. COMMERCIAL SERVICE'S LOCAL NC OFFICES:
 

  • Aides U.S. Commercial Service offices by providing guidance on international programs to serve the local business community

  • Hosts outreach meetings to assess local exporter needs

  • Supports national export initiatives

ADVOCATING FOR SMALL- & MEDIUM-SIZED EXPORTERS:
 

  • Identifies and evaluates national and international issues that effect trade and offers constructive suggestions

  • Provides forums for export community feedback on national trade issues such as USMCA, other Free Trade Agreements, Ex-Im Bank, non-tariff barriers to trade, etc

  • Addresses national trade policy issues and educates the political and business communities on these issues

 

NC DEC Policies and Procedure manual
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