The United States Commercial Service (CS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. The CS global network of trade professionals helps thousands of U.S. companies to export goods and services worth billions of dollars every year. CS trade specialists are located throughout the United States, as well as in U.S. embassies and consulates in over 75 countries around the world.
The impact of this work ripples throughout the U.S. economyâ€”broadening and deepening the U.S. exporter base, removing obstacles to the export success of U.S. small and medium-sized companies, advancing U.S. business interests around the world, attracting foreign direct investment, and supporting job creation throughout the United States. In 2013 alone, the CS helped in more than 18,000 export transactions in nearly 200 international markets worth billions of dollars.
The CS helps small and medium-sized American businesses increase international sales through four core services:
Business matchmaking (e.g., trade missions and trade show support to foster relationships with qualified business partners)
Market intelligence (e.g., both general and customized market research, as well as training and assistance regarding international shipping and taxation)
Trade advocacy (e.g., individual assistance overcoming both nongovernmental and governmental trade barriers)
Commercial diplomacy (e.g., embassy or consulate support to ensure equal access as required to treaties and trade agreements)