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Madison County Commission International Trade Development CenterAmanda Berkey & Anne Burkett in Business Ala at POH

While today's businesses have unprecedented international expansion opportunities, they also face increased international competition both at home and abroad. Preparation is key to mitigating risk and capitalizing on these new opportunities. Beginning or expanding export operations can be challenging, and the International Trade Development Center (ITDC) is your partner in the global marketplace. ITDC, implemented in 1983 and operated through the department of Planning and Economic Development, is part of the Madison County Commission's overall economic development effort. For more than 35 years, ITDC has managed and partnered with the non-profit North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) to provide international business counseling, training, and assistance to local small and medium sized businesses, resulting in increased international trade and business expansion in Madison County. ITDC is led by nationally designated Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBPs) experienced in fostering international business.

This public-private partnership has been recognized for excellence by the Governor of Alabama, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the International Economic Development Council.

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International Services

Export Consultation

Individualized consulting services for firms interested in developing and/or expanding export markets. Consultations may include an analysis of client needs and export potential, identification of market entry alternatives, assistance in international strategic planning and response to problem-specific requests such as export licensing and protocol issues. ITDC and NAITA work directly with U.S. and foreign governments to assist our local firms, as well as serving as a liaison with the Export Alabama Alliance and other state, local, and federal resources to keep the business community informed and compliant with current regulations and trade policy.

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Export Launch Initiative

Led by ITDC and NAITA in partnership with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Export Alabama Alliance, the Export Launch Initiative focuses on the growing global biotech sector and educates and mentors Madison County biotech companies in developing proactive export plans. In the inaugural event, four finalist companies were invited to participate in a pitch competition, and with the support of our private sector partners, one small business at HudsonAlpha – was awarded $5,000 for qualified export-related expenses to expand markets overseas.

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Referrals for Specialized Export Requirements

Referrals to professional network for specialized international needs, such as finance, banking, insurance, legal advice, documentation, and shipping. Provides a link to a network of state, national, and international resources. ITDC manages NAITA’s website, which provides links to online resources.

Training

Organization of seminars and group training sessions highlighting the mechanics of exporting and country and industry-specific export opportunities. ITDC and NAITA also annually coordinate FMS Industry Day in partnership with the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC). Headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, USASAC manages the U.S. Army’s foreign military sales and security assistance – currently approximately 6,000 FMS cases valued at more than $200 billion. This event serves as USASAC’s industry outreach and engagement to facilitate foreign military sales and collaborative partnerships between government and industry.

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Export Controls & Compliance 

Assistance with U.S. export controls and compliance, primarily with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations on commercial dual-use products and services and the U.S. State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which regulate defense articles, technology, and services.

International Market Outreach

Organization of group participation in overseas trade shows and missions addressing specific needs of local industry. ITDC also hosts foreign buying delegations and exploratory missions.

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If your company is interested in a preliminary consultation to learn more about ITDC services, please contact us at the below address:

International Trade Development Center
Anne W. Burkett, Director
Amanda P. Berkey, Senior International Trade Specialist

Madison County Commission
Planning and Economic Development
Mailing Address: 100 Northside Square, Huntsville AL 35801
Physical Address: 819 Cook Ave., Suite 137, Huntsville AL 35801
Phone: 256.532.3505
Fax: 256.532.3704
trade@madisoncountyal.gov
naita@naita.org

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