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International Trade Services

  • “Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers as a manufacturing leader and innovator. Global trade is a key component of the state’s economy, representing hundreds of thousands for jobs. Ninety-five percent of customers are located outside of the U.S. so the ability to grow and compete globally is crucial. 

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) offers business assistance in identifying and pursuing global market opportunities.”

  • MEDC International Trade Programs

    The international trade program supports Michigan businesses that want to start or expand export activities with initiatives to:

    • Increase awareness of export opportunities and resources
    • Strengthen the knowledge and skills required for success in international markets
    • Introduce Michigan companies to promising export markets
    • Deliver on-the-ground support in key Michigan export markets
    • Arrange financial assistance for qualified export development activities

    Regionally based international trade managers work with companies to identify their export development objectives and recommend appropriate export programs and resources. These resources include small business support services, international trade office assistance, and events such as educational opportunities, cultural programs, and international trade shows and missions. 

    Regional Map 

    International Trade Program Brochure 

  • State Trade Expansion Program

    MI-STEP is a grant program, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), providing direct reimbursement to qualified small and medium-sized companies to develop or expand export-related activities. The MI-STEP program is designed to spur job creation by empowering Michigan small and medium-size enterprises to export their products. The program has three primary objectives:

    • Increase the dollar value of Michigan exports
    • Expand the number of Michigan companies that export
    • Introduce current exporters to new foreign markets and buyers

    STEP was launched in 2011 by the SBA as part of the president’s National Export Initiative with a goal to double U.S. exports and give America a stronger competitive edge. 

    SBA Logo 

  • International Trade Offices

    MEDC has six international trade offices through a partnership with the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. These centers provide services to companies interested in expanding their sales to Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union. These services include:

    • Customized market research
    • Country market and sector information
    • Foreign company background checks
    • Market entry strategy
    • Matchmaking meetings: prequalification of agents, distributors, partners and customers
    • Pricing and competitive analysis
    • Product review and company assessment
    • Regulatory, customs, logistics, certification information
    • Trade show and trade mission assistance
    • Translation services
    • Other export counseling services

     Small Canada 

    Michigan Canada Center 

    Toronto ~ Established November 2012

     Small Mexico 

    Michigan Mexico Center  

    Mexico City~ Established October 2013

     Small China Flag 

    Michigan China Center  

    Shanghai~ Established November 2012

     Small EU 

    Michigan Europe Center  

    Berlin ~ Established April 2015

    Represents Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

    London Established April 2015

    Represents United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Finland, Denmark, Iceland

     Small Brazil 

    Michigan Brazil Center  

    São Paulo ~ Established November 2012

  • Federal Partners

    • U.S. Department of Commerce export assistance centers: export.gov
    • U.S. Small Business Administration: sba.gov
  • State Partners

  • Regional Export Network (REN)

    Regional Map 

  • Small Business Service Providers

    Service Provider Summary 

  • Get Started...

    Complete and submit this intake form to get started.

  • For more information please contact export@michigan.org

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