Export Services

Why Export

More than 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside the United States and in today's global economy, many of the business opportunities that exist are in international markets.

Commerce's export team is committed to increasing global opportunities for South Carolina companies. Their international trade expertise can help companies of all sizes identify potential markets and customers through a number of export services that have proven to be successful:

  • Organizing trade related training seminars, conferences and providing trade counseling
  • Guidance and market research on product export potential, methods, procedures and logistics
  • Organizing international trade missions with companies for overseas sales meetings

Additionally, through its three foreign offices and close relationships with the U.S. Commercial Service, the state has the ability to assist companies looking to export a product to nearly any corner of the world.

Do you want to expand your global reach? The South Carolina Department of Commerce's export development program can help you do just that.

Export Facts

  • In 2015, South Carolina’s exports to 199 countries topped $30.86 billion, up 4.18% from 2014, ranking the state 15th in the U.S.
  • China was the state’s top destination for exports at nearly $4.3 billion. Germany ranked second followed by Canada, UK, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Belgium, and South Korea.
  • South Carolina was the 2nd leading exporting state to Germany.
  • The state’s top 10 export industries last year were vehicles, machinery, aircraft, rubber, plastic, electrical machinery, optics, paper, paperboard, organic chemicals and wood pulp.
  • South Carolina ranked first among U.S. states in passenger automobiles, synthetic staple fibers, ball and roller bearings and parts, lawn mowers, and tire exports, holding nearly 30 percent of the share of U.S.-made exported tires. 
  • South Carolina ranked 1st in the export of Tires, Ball & Roller Bearings and Lawn Mowers.

Export Resources

Export resources link provides a list of numerous federal, state and private resources. Information covers getting started, export issues and various countries and regions.

Export Resources

S.C. Export Achievement Award Application 

S.C. Export Incentive Application

Export Events

2017  Export Events Flyer

Exporting to our Neighbors: Mexico and Canada

Chile Trade Mission  

Canada Trade Mission

Mexico Trade Mission 

2017 Paris Air Show 

South Carolina International Trade Coalition

In addition to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, The South Carolina International Trade Coalition includes federal, state and private organizations that are all involved in promoting international trade.

Export Incentives

Learn about the State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) program and the S.C. Opportunities for Promoting Exports (SCOPE) program.