Exporters and Exporting Hopefuls: Give Us Your Thoughts!

Are you exporting or thinking of exporting but facing some hurdles? Do you have an idea that would help us help you? The export assistance programs of 20 federal government agencies, represented by the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), want to know how to serve you better!

The government, including the Small Business Administration, has set a goal of doubling our national exports over the next five years. To do that, they need your help and they’ve put out a Federal Register notice asking for your ideas between June 30 and July 26.

Specifically, the TPCC is interested in insights from exporters and other businesses, trade associations, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and other interested parties about:

  1. federal government programs or regulations that impede the ability of U.S. companies to export;
  2. effective trade promotion programs and activities by foreign countries that could inform or improve U.S. federal government program development;
  3. the most—or least—effective U.S. federal government programs that support U.S. exports, including specific experiences with these programs;
  4. steps the federal government could take to improve its programs supporting U.S. exports; and
  5. more generally, how the federal government could better help U.S. businesses export.

Your input will help the agencies plan for the ‘National Export Initiative” (NEI) called for in President Obama’s State of the Union message and officially launched by Executive Order 13534.  Please take a few minutes before the July 26, 2010, deadline to submit comments in response to the NEI Federal Register notice.

And thanks for your help!

—Kathryn Tobias,  Senior Editor, Office of Advocacy

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