Our partners are trade experts.
- U.S. Export Assistance Center
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this office provides business assistance to companies looking to export products internationally. The Export Assistance Center offers market research, international company background checks, and one-one-one appointments with carefully selected potential business partners in a targeted export market.
- Washington State Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce International Trade program assists Washington State businesses in profitably accessing the global marketplace by providing training and assistance, building international trade relationships, and advocating the importance of international trade to Washington’s economy. The Department of Commerce works with companies to help them enter new foreign markets to sell their products and services or to expand sales overseas, primarily at no charge to the company. They have overseas offices in China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan.
- Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NWTAAC)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the NWTAAC provides match-funding to help American companies compete with foreign imports. The NWTAAC can pay 75% of the cost of developing a new strategy (including identifying new markets, new products, new technologies; cutting costs; improving distribution; etc.). Eligible companies must demonstrate a decline in sales or production of a major product, a decline in employment, and some evidence that the declines are due to competition from imports.
- Foreign Trade Zone
The Port of Tacoma’s Foreign Trade Zone #86 gives importers and exporters a flexible way to ship, store, manipulate, and add value to goods while delaying or eliminating payment of U.S. Customs duties.
- Northwest Seaport Alliance
The Northwest Seaport Alliance delivers less congestion, closer proximity to Asia and deep ties to Alaska, as well as award-winning ease of doing business.
- EB-5 Regional Centers
The federal government created the EB-5 program in 1990 to encourage more foreign investments in the United States. Foreign nationals who invest a minimum of $1 million (or $500,000 in targeted employment areas) in a job-creating commercial enterprise can be eligible to receive a United State green card. Foreign nationals may also choose to invest through a third party Regional Center to manage their investment and job-creation requirements.
Pierce County is home to two Regional Centers:
Ask us how we can help your company make use of these resources.