National Export Initiative

Date: 12/13/2010 Description: National Export Initiative logo. © International Trade Administration image

In his State of the Union address on January 27, 2010, President Obama announced a “National Export Initiative” (NEI) to help businesses, particularly small businesses and farmers, increase exports. Commerce Secretary Locke outlined the NEI in a February 7 speech, where he highlighted the administration’s efforts to expand trade advocacy, improve access to credit for small and medium sized businesses, and enforce international trade laws that help remove barriers that prevent U.S. companies from getting open and fair access to foreign markets. The President formally launched the NEI on March 11 when he spoke at the Export-Import Bank’s annual conference, “Exports Live!” and signed Executive Order 12870. The Secretary of State will be part of the newly created Export Promotion Cabinet, along with the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce, senior White House advisors, and the heads of key U.S. economic and trade agencies. Department officials will continue to be engaged in interagency coordination of export promotion efforts. For more information, see the resources below.


Progress Report on the NEI»
• President Obama Announces the President's Export Council Full Text»
The National Export Initiative: U.S. - India Transactions»
• The National Export Initiative: Stimulating Global Economic Growth Through U.S. Exports Fact Sheet»
• President Obama's March 11 Announcement Video»Full Text»
Executive Order 12870»
• Under Secretary Hormats' Blog Post»
• Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Video Q&A»Remarks»
• Department of Commerce Fact Sheet»
• An Intern's Reflections Blog Post»
• President Obama's State of the Union Announcement»

Commerce Trade Mission in Iraq Briefing»

Export Controls
President Obama Lays the Foundation for a New Export Control System» 
Video Remarks by The President to the Department of Commerce Annual Export Controls Update Conference