DEC NC exporting

DEC: Working for America's Exporters

Importance of Exports
Exports Support Jobs for American Workers
Export Sustain North Carolina Business


Our Mission:

The NCDEC contributes to leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education.

For the past 25 years, DEC's have served the United States by assisting companies in their local communities to export, thus promoting our country's economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service's Export Assistance Centers (USEAC), the 56 DEC's combine the energies of more than 1,700 exporters and private and public export service providers throughout the United States and other export support partners to assure quality of its services.

The North Carolina District Export Council:

  • Encourages exports that strengthen individual companies, stimulate economic growth, and create jobs Coordinates activities with the North Carolina Export Assistance Centers and numerous trade assistance partners
  • Volunteers its time and expertise to educate and promote awareness of export trade opportunities
  • Seeks opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level.
  • NCDEC programs & activities
  • Helping exporters in their local communities
  • Work with export U.S. assistance centers
  • Advocate for small & medium exporters



For a complete list of DEC Members and contact information, please click here

DEC Manual 2017 (PDF, 5629KB)






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NCDEC of the YearNorth Carolina DEC is the 2010 DEC of the Year!

U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the North Carolina District Export Council the inaugural DEC of the Year Award. Wayne Cooper, Chair, NCDEC, received the award October 25th in Detroit at the annual International District Export Council Conference. In selecting North Carolina from among the 60 DECs, the U.S. Department of Commerce sited the council's "outstanding record of mentoring local new-to-export and new-to-market companies on exporting, and supporting President Obama's National Export Initiative. The federal agency said the group's work with local U.S. Export Assistance Centers is "critical to expanding U.S. exports and supporting American jobs." You can read the International Trade Association's full news release here