other government agencies offer a number of programs that
help U.S. agricultural exporters finance the marketing and
distribution of their products abroad, and provide
assistance for agricultural trade associations. A more
detailed explanation of these services, along with links to
the various programs, are found below:
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Funds for marketing
U.S. products overseas
FAS offers the Market
Access Program (MAP) which provides direct
cost-share assistance to non-profit agricultural
trade associations who assist U.S. companies in
entering and expanding sales in foreign markets. Some
of these trade associations then offer assistance to
cooperatives and small companies for promotion of
their brand name products overseas, and may be
reimbursed for up to 50 percent of their eligible
largest of these organizations are the State Regional
Trade Groups (link needed) are non-profit
international trade associations which assist U.S.
food and agricultural exporters in entering and
expanding sales in foreign markets. The four SRTGs
serve companies across the United States as follows:
Export USA-Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.
Agri-Trade Council: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota,
Southern U.S. Trade Association: Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
U.S. Agricultural Trade Association: Alaska, Arizona, California,
Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington,
New and experienced exporters can benefit from export
guarantee and insurance programs. These programs
promote exports by providing exporters greater access
to credit and credit risk protection.
The Export Enhancement Program
U.S. produced agricultural goods compete with
products from subsidizing countries, especially the
The Dairy Export Incentive Program
(DEIP) aims to
develop export markets for U.S. dairy products where
they are not competitive because of the presence of
subsidized products from other countries.
The Department of
Commerce International Trade Administration carries a
list of multinational banks which the exporter can apply
to for various programs.
The Department of
Commerce International Trade Administration publishes
a basic Guide to Exporting which will help you identify the options for
financing export transactions.
Once you have arranged
your financing package, you will need to determine
how you will be paid for your goods. The USDA website on methods of
provides a comprehensive guide to the choices you
have, including the risks and costs involved.
The SBA also provides
information on financing through venture capital.