The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s International Trade Division provides services in a number of areas.

Trade Show Assistance

We keep businesses informed of industry-specific events that can help you enter new foreign markets. We also promote, coordinate and accompany North Carolina businesses attending key trade shows around the world.

Website Localization, E-commerce and Digital Marketing

Help your international prospects, customers and business partners find you, understand your company, and do business with you by giving them an online local user experience.

Market Entry Strategy

We can help you identify distribution channels for your products and the best approach to a new market.

Finding Agents/Distributors/Buyers

Our foreign offices can connect you with local distributors, resellers and prospective buyers.

Market Intelligence

We can provide you with information on the international market climate including economic, social and political data.

Market Recommendations

We will recommend potential markets for your products and services.


We provide assistance with trade regulations, policies, standards and trade barriers.

Product Review

We can examine product standards required for entering a particular foreign market and look at local and international competitors in the region.

Export Finance Assistance

Programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank of America and other trade finance organizations help reduce risk and help you offer competitive terms of sale.

Pricing Evaluation

We help you determine appropriate pricing in foreign markets, which is key to making products profitable.

Certificate of Free Sale

We can help you obtain a Certificate of Free Sale, which is sometimes required for certain items to enter foreign countries. North Carolina companies exporting non-food or non-drug products and requiring a Certificate of Free Sale may submit an application.

For more information, please contact STEP Program Manager Cheryl Mauro at or (919) 447-7790.


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