Opening Global Market Access for Small Businesses

U.S. small business exporters, often without even realizing it, depend and rely on the outcomes of negotiated U.S. bilateral and multilateral trade agreements for access to key global and emerging markets.  The rules-based global trade system under the World Trade Agreement (WTO) Agreements, plus the 20 U.S. bilateral free trade agreements and other such arrangements, help provide U.S. companies, large and small, predictable and fair trade in international commerce.  The U.S. Small Business Act, as amended, entrusts SBA to increase the ability of small businesses to compete in international markets and, in cooperation with our interagency partners, help to “ensure that the interests of small businesses are adequately represented in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.”   

SBA’s Office of International Trade is committed to helping publicize the small business benefits of U.S. trade agreements, as well as playing its part with other agencies in helping to field small business trade agreement compliance concerns to help ensure small businesses receive the full benefit of their rights under these agreements.

Does your small business face a foreign trade barrier?  Let SBA’s Office of International Trade help resolve the problem:  Call toll free: (855) 722-4877 or send us an email: international@sba.gov. (Please include your name, company name, mailing address, and phone number, as well as a brief description of the export problem or challenge you are encountering).