District Export Councils

District Export Councils (DECs) are groups of international business professionals, appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, who support the mission of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) of the Department of Commerce by encouraging and supporting exports in their local communities.

Closely affiliated with the Commerce Department’s U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the 59 DECs are made up of approximately 1,200 exporters and export service providers who support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts throughout the country.

DEC members volunteer their time to participate in numerous trade promotion activities. They also provide specialized expertise to small and medium‑sized businesses that are interested in exporting.

To find the District Export Council in your region, please select your state from the regional District Export Council locator