Exporting Assistance


Who would have thought thread manufactured in West Virginia decorates the lapels of the Queen's Guard in Great Britain or that fine china made in the northern panhandle graces the tables of homes, restaurants and hotels around the world? Log homes built in the mountain state have made their way to Australia's outback. Travelers in Dubai's airport terminal are sheltered by stretched steel formed and rolled by mountaineers. Commercial and private planes come to our state from around the country for precision maintenance. Hundreds of millions of car parts contain polymers developed and manufactured in West Virginia.

In 2018, West Virginia Business exported goods and services to more than 140 countries. 

The Export Promotion Program of the West Virginia Development Office is committed to assisting small- and mid-sized West Virginia companies as they navigate the global marketplace. The international team offers the following services:

• Provides export counseling
• Organizes participation in trade shows and missions
• Connects exporters with freight forwarders, backers, translators, and other service providers
If you are an established or startup business in West Virginia with plans to export your products, contact our International Division. The experienced International Trade Representatives on our team can help review your products, guide your research and outreach planning to maximize your investments of time and resources.

Exporting Assistance Services

Trade Shows & Missions

Trade shows and missions allow you to explore a new market and display your product to an international audience without the high cost of exhibiting. Whether your company is looking to find an agent, distributor, end user or other contacts in a new market, trade shows and missions are a customizable service that allow you to set your priorities and maximize your efforts.

Trade Shows
  • Industry specific
  • Custom designed graphic panel in booth
  • Interpreter(s) onsite
  • Translated one-page brochure
  • Shared, private meeting space in booth
  • Transportation to and from hotel, airport
  • VIP networking reception
Trade Missions
  • Focus on established and emerging markets
  • Open to all industries
  • 4-6 business appointments per day
  • Interpreters provided (if necessary)
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Market briefing with U.S. Commercial Service
  • VIP Networking Reception


Upcoming Trade Missions & Shows

May 6 – 13, 2019
Trade Winds Indo-Pacific
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

June 30 – July 2, 2019
Summer Fancy Food Show
New York City

August 18 – 23, 2019
Central America Trade Mission
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama

October 2019
WV Trade Mission to Canada
Cities TBD

February 11 – 16, 2020
Singapore Air Show 2020


Foreign Buyer Delegations

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet directly with buyers at your West Virginia location. Potential for plant tours and on-site product demonstrations.

• Our staff recruits qualified agents, distributors and end users to visit West Virginia
• All arrangements for the delegation are made by West Virginia Department of Commerce's international team
• No travel outside of West Virginia necessary

Market Research

The West Virginia Development Office offers customized market research upon request. We compile market research reports from multiple sources to give your company a complete assessment of your potential in a particular market. Free to all West Virginia companies.

Export Assistance Program

West Virginia was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $250,000 from the agency's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to support a new export assistance program under the International Division of the West Virginia Development Office - West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP.

Any small business in West Virginia, regardless of their level of export development experience, is invited to learn more about the West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP Export Assistance Program 2018-2020. A variety of activities and resources are available to help small businesses successfully market their products according to their own export expansion objectives. The West Virginia First STEP-Next STEP program is available from October 1, 2018, through September 29, 2020.

Find out more.