International Trade

Idaho businesses of all sizes are involved in international trade. 

Countries of Involvement

The State of Idaho has built strong trade partnerships with Canada, Europe, and Asia, and they operate international trade offices  in China, Mexico and SE Asia. The Idaho-Asia Trade office assists in the following countries:

  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The Idaho Commerce International Business Team can help you identify prospects in international markets, analyze target markets, find financing to support this new aspect of your business and match you with local resources that can provide export services.

Contact Us

If you would like to explore foreign markets or expand your existing international customer base, give us a call at 208-489-8755 or 208-489-8754 or email the Economic Development Department and we will get you connected directly with someone who is an expert in that field.

Helpful Information 

Export Services

Whether you are new to exporting and still unsure if it is right for your company or you are an experienced exporter, a trade specialist will work with you as a partner to make your export endeavors more successful. For more information, visit the Idaho Commerce website.

The Idaho Export Partner Training webinar is an introduction to Idaho export partners; what they do, what services they provide, how their services can be used and when you should reach out to them in the export process.

Whether you are new to exporting, want to expand into a new export market, or an experienced exporter wanting to refamiliarize with the tools, resources, and services provided to Idaho’s exporters, we welcome you to view and contact us with any questions.

International Buying Delegations

Idaho Commerce - in cooperation with its foreign trade offices in China, Taiwan and Mexico - encourage international buying delegations to visit Idaho each and every year. The buyers are pre-qualified to ensure reputable, capable, and ready-to-buy prospects. 

Foreign Direct Investment 

Idaho Commerce continually explores opportunities to leverage trade between Idaho and foreign companies through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  FDI activities may include joint ventures between international and Idaho companies, international companies investing in Idaho companies, or international companies building manufacturing or distribution facilities in the state. 


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), negotiated among the United States, Mexico, and Canada, came into effect on January 1, 1994. It provided for the elimination of tariffs on most goods originating in the three countries over a maximum transition period of 15 years. 

State Trade Expansion Program

The State of Idaho has received a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant of $600,000 for program years September 30, 2018 – September 29, 2020. STEP is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is administered by Idaho Commerce. The goals of STEP are to increase the number of small businesses that export, increase the value of exports and increase the number of small businesses exploring significant new trade opportunities.  Participants must meet SBA eligibility requirements to participate in the STEP-funded programs. 

Trade Missions 

Trade missions provide Idaho companies with an unparalleled opportunity to pursue potential business partnerships, make contacts, and open doors in foreign markets.  Companies of any size and industry are welcome to participate in trade missions; however, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Trade Shows

Want to let prospective buyers in Taiwan, Japan or Chile know that you’ve got what they want?  Idaho Commerce will promote your business at a trade show that’s targeted to your industry, or they can help you prepare for one that you plan to attend.  Trade shows offer an opportunity to demonstrate your products in-person to decision makers from around the globe, which often results in qualified leads and new relationships. 

For upcoming trade missions, trade shows, workshops and seminars, visit the Idaho Department of Commerce events page.