California ranked second in the United States in goods exports in 2014, with an estimated value of $174.1 billion, and first in services exports in 2013, with an estimated value of $114.1 billion. 

The International Affairs and Business Development unit works to drive business for California and to address barriers to the Golden State's continued global economic strength. The unit provides critical support on issues relating to international trade and investment opportunities, foreign relations, international agreements and partnerships with the countries that have a friendly relationship with California.

The following state and federal resources are available in California to further support international trade development. 

California Centers for International Trade Development

California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) have offices across the state and provide a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals in the state of California. All services are either free or low cost. Whether you are new or experienced in export or import, small or large, CITD has experts and resources ready to help you. CITD programs and services include one-on-one technical assistance and consulting, market research, training and educational programs, trade leads, and special events. 

Key services include:

  • Deliver: Export and Import Programs to Create Jobs
  • Inform: Career Pathways and Technical Assistance
  • Expand: Global Trade Curriculum and International Marketing Opportunities

 Find a CITD location near you. 


U.S. Domestic & Foreign Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

For more information, visit the U.S. Export Portal.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  As one of its services, the SBA provides counseling, training and financing to support small business export opportunities.


Export - Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing. the export of US. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.