The U.S. Commercial Service user fee schedule.
Last Published: 6/21/2018
This page contains a full listing of the U.S. Commercial Service user fee schedule. The Services For U.S. Exporters page features client testimonials and more information about our services.
** EXPORT PROMOTION SERVICES **
Gold Key Service – matchmaking appointments
Initial Market Check
International Company Profile – full background check / partial background check
International Partner Search – pre-screened business contacts
International Partner Search + Virtual Introductions
Featured U.S. Exporter listing – (Five markets)
Business Service Provider – web listing of export services for one category
Single Company Promotion – promotional event
Trade Show Representation
Certified Trade Mission
Customized Market Research
Foreign Buyer Delegation – services/events provided to foreign buyer delegates seeking U.S. suppliers of goods/services
Official Letter: Other Letters Specific to a Market
** INVESTMENT PROMOTION SERVICES **
Single Location Promotion
Facilitated Investment Mission / Roadshow
International Company Profile – full background check / partial
Other Services & Events
Connecting you to business opportunities in markets around the world as fast and efficiently as possible is a priority for the U.S. Commercial Service (CS).
The Gold Key Service provides U.S. firms traveling to a foreign market with up to five pre-screened appointments to establish relationships with potential overseas agents, distributors, sales representatives, business partners and other local entities in-country.
Standard package (identify the contacts, arrange the meetings, and our staff attends the meeting with you):
Identify contacts and arrange appointments only:
Arrange and attend the meetings only:
Arrange the meetings only:
The Initial Market Check is an initial assessment of the market potential of a product or service in a targeted market. The service gauges the potential of a specific product or service in a market by gathering feedback from up to five industry participants and provides recommendations on whether to pursue the target market.
The International Company Profile - Full provides U.S. companies with in-depth background check information on a specific foreign company to help determine its suitability as a potential business partner. The service includes a site visit to the target foreign company and interviews with principals/references.
The International Company Profile - Partial provides U.S. companies with basic background check information on a specific foreign company based on publicly available information to help determine its suitability as a potential business partner.
The International Partner Search provides U.S. firms with a list of up to five agents, distributors and partners that have expressed an interest in your product or service.
The International Partner Search Plus Virtual Introductions provides U.S. firms with a list of up to five agents, distributors and partners that have expressed an interest in your product or service, and includes virtual introductions via teleconference to the identified contacts.
Featured U.S. Exporters Listing provides U.S. companies with an opportunity to enhance their international marketing efforts through improved search engine optimization. A listing on the directory of an overseas CS office’s local website gives U.S. exporters targeted overseas exposure to more effectively help them find foreign business partners in specific local markets. It allows local importers to find U.S. exporters interested in exporting to a specific local foreign market.
Small Business(1) = $150 (for five markets or $30 per market listing)
Medium Business(2) = $350 (for five markets or $70 per market listing)
Large Business(3) = $500 (for five markets or $100 per market listing
The Business Service Provider (BSP) is an online program to help U.S. exporters identify professional export service providers to support them in the assessment, financing or completion of an export transaction. The BSP can include U.S. and foreign business service providers. Export service providers gain visibility within the exporting community via participation in a BSP Directory.
Small Business(1) = $150
Medium Business(2) = $250 •+ $50 for additional category listing
Large Business(3) = $350 •+ $70 for additional category listing
All Foreign Companies (regardless of size) = $350
The Single Company Promotion provides U.S. companies with promotional services to help increase the awareness of their product/service in a specific market. The promotional event may consist of a technical seminar, press conference, luncheon, dinner, or reception, with targeted direct mail or e-mail campaigns.
The Trade Show Representation service provides U.S. companies and economic development organizations with the ability to increase their marketing exposure at an overseas trade show when they are unable to attend in-person. Multiple clients’ products and services may be showcased by CS at the event.
A Certified Trade Mission provides an effective way for groups of U.S. companies to explore business opportunities in overseas markets. A mission can consist of the following activities: Market Briefing, Gold Key Service, and Reception/Site Visit/Technical Seminar. The trade mission organizer and CS determine which of these activities will be included for all participants.
For more information on the fees charged for our services, please contact a U.S. Export Assistance Center near you.
(1) Must qualify as a “small business” under the Small Business Administration’s size standards, which vary by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code: https://www.sba.gov/document/support--table-size-standards. Fees listed also apply to U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDO) and Non-profit Educational Institutions that purchase ITA services for their own use. For example, when an EDO requests a Gold Key Service (GKS) to promote itself as a tourist destination, it will be charged the small company fee. If, however, an EDO requests a (GKS) to promote a U.S. company’s goods/services, the size of the company will be used to determine the fee.
(2) Must have less than $1B in annual revenue (including affiliates: parent, child, subsidiaries, divisions, etc.) to qualify.
(3) All U.S. businesses that do not qualify as a small or medium enterprise.
(4) Other direct costs not included in the service description must be assumed by the client. Types of other direct costs include translation, transportation, use of contractors, venue rental, catering, etc. Please note that any transportation for ITA staff beyond 80 kilometers or more than 2 hours from an ITA office will be charged an additional user fee to cover the cost.
Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices.
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