State & Local Organizations

There are some excellent state and local organizations in Alabama that can help you develop export business.

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

The Department’s Executive Division works in conjunction with the Southern US Trade Association (SUSTA) to assist companies exporting high value food and agricultural products. SUSTA offers financial and technical assistance through various export programs and services: brand promotion programsexport market researchpromotional trade eventsexport training, and trade contacts.

Alabama International Trade Center

The William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center, located at the University of Alabama, provides export research, training, and financing services to Alabama’s small business community. Its staff includes professionals that specialize in international sales & marketing, logistics, business strategy, and finance. The Center offers a variety of trade research, counseling, and training programs. It operates as a federal-state partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration, promoting SBA’s export financing programs in Alabama. It is also a member of the Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). The Trade Center is also a member of Alabama’s Small Business Development Center Network. 

Birmingham Business Alliance – International Trade Program

BBA’s International Trade Program is led by an International Trade Council comprised of industry leaders and international trade experts. BBA’s International Trade Council partners with the Export Alabama Alliance (EAA) to promote trade opportunities for businesses at every stage of the export process by providing the following services:

  • Introduce companies to free, professional trade experts
  • Host exporting workshops, country market briefings, and trade policy seminars
  • Promote state-led trade missions
  • Host inbound business delegations
  • Promote online trade resources
  • Provides exporter Certificates of Origin

Export Alabama Alliance

The Export Alabama Alliance is a statewide working council that was established in 2004. The Alliance assists in the guidance and facilitation of the State of Alabama’s export promotion and assistance programs and consists of one representative from each of the program partners. The council meets quarterly and/or as needed and is comprised of the following partners.

North Alabama International Trade Association

NAITA is offers regional export promotion and resources to prepare North Alabama business for prosperity in the global marketplace. It is a non-profit membership organization, that provides an international networking forum, education on trade issues, and prepares business for global success. NAITA’s vision is to be the regional resource for international trade development.