International Trade

The Chamber’s International Trade team works to connect our community to the world. We believe there is no better time for companies to expand and diversify their markets globally.

The division:

  • promotes exports to grow our local economy;
  • helps you identify new market opportunities;
  • build global networks through trade education events and first-class trade missions; and
  • addresses international trade matters.

The Chamber’s International Trade division is the winner of the “Going International Award” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a recipient of the President’s “E” Award for Export Service and the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. Last year, the Mobile Chamber received the President’s “E” Star Award for Export Service, presented to firms and organizations for continued performance in increasing and promoting exports. Only four export service providers in the nation received this high honor.


Division Contact Information

International Trade | 251-431-8648

Christina Stimpson, International Trade Director

Doing business overseas can be a challenge. The Export Alabama Alliance’s experienced advisers provide just the help your Alabama company needs to be successful overseas. As a founding member, our international trade division works with this seamless network of international trade agencies with the fundamental objectives of helping Alabama companies grow their business internationally. The Alliance offers access to services that will put the world at your fingertips, including: overseas marketing assistance, customized research, export finance education, trade missions and shows, and information on trade regulations and documentation. Most services are free of charge, with some programs at a nominal fee.


Export Alabama Alliance Members

Alabama Department of Commerce, International Trade Division

Alabama Department of Agriculture

Alabama International Trade Center (AITC)

Alabama State Port Authority

Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)

Madison County Commission

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA)

Port of Huntsville

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Administration

International Trade Publications

(Via Alabama Department of Commerce)


International Trade Resource Guide

A seamless network exists throughout the state of Alabama where companies can reach federal, state and local agencies and organizations that provide special services to the international community. The Alabama International Trade Resource Guide addresses the information and resource needs of businesses in the state that are interested in creating or expanding their global presence. Over 300 private and public regional organizations whose goal is to serve the needs of the international community are listed.


Year in Trade

Alabama exports are fundamental to the prosperity of the state’s economy. The Year in Trade provides a quick overview of Alabama’s role in the global marketplace and illustrates the State’s top export markets.


Export Alabama Alliance Strategy

The Export Alabama Alliance Strategy is developed annually with the input of the Export Alabama Alliance. This comprehensive strategic plan provides numerous opportunities for Alabama companies to build sustainable relationships throughout the world as well as opportunities to educate local leaders on the impact of trade.

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama Department of Commerce, in collaboration with its Export Alabama Alliance partners, lead first-class trade missions to targeted markets every year. The delegation, comprised of mostly small and medium sized companies, government officials, trade organizations, and educators, meet with pre-screened foreign companies interested in buying Alabama-made goods and services. Our official missions provide participants unique access to high quality information, people and officials that you would not normally find on your own.


We are currently recruiting for the 2018 multi-industry trade mission to Argentina and Ecuador. Please contact Christina Stimpson at 251-431-8648 for information.



Past Trade Missions Markets

Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Canada | Chile | China | Colombia | Costa Rica | Cuba | Czech Republic | Denmark | Dominican Republic | El Salvador | France | Germany | Great Britain | Guatemala | Honduras | Hong Kong | Hungary | India | Indonesia | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Panama | Peru | Poland | Russia | Singapore | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Tanzania | Thailand | Turkey | UAE | Uruguay | Venezuela | Vietnam

Mobile Export Facts [2017]


Alabama exports reached a record-high level of $20.6 billion in 2016, powered by shipments of Alabama-made automobiles to over 85 countries, in addition to rising overseas sales of products such as air and spacecraft, chemicals, and pulp and paper. The state ranked 23rd in the nation for dollar value of exports in 2016, jumping ahead two places from the previous year.


Top five export destinations and top five Alabama-made products exported in 2015:


Canada ($4.1 billion), up nearly 1 percent

China ($3.38 billion), up 8.5 percent

Germany ($3.19 billion), up 28.9 percent

Mexico ($2.62 billion), down 9.28 percent

United Kingdom ($558.8 million), down 8.36 percent


Transportation Equipment $10.69 billion

Chemicals $2.19 billion

Primary Metals $1.48 billion

Machinery (except Electrical) $1.1 billion

Paper $1.01 million


Exports from Alabama to the 20 free trade agreement countries declined slightly to $8.51 billion in 2016 from $8.62 billion in 2015, a decrease of 1.3 percent. Despite this overall drop, strong increases were seen in Alabama exports to Israel (61.7%), Bahrain (75.6%), and Oman (403.8%) in particular.


Two-way trade between Alabama and the world totaled over $42.7 billion during 2016. During this period, Alabama imported some $22.17 billion worth of goods with top products in the transportation, machinery, oil and gas and high technology industries. The top five import markets included South Korea, Germany, Mexico, Canada and China.


With more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power located outside the U.S., Alabama companies are looking at markets beyond our borders, where demand is growing. International trade enhances the quality of life for all Alabamians and contributes to the state’s prosperity. Creating jobs through exports for the state’s citizens is key in accelerating Alabama globally.


Source: (Year in Trade)

The trade division strives to connect our community to the world and facilitate international business in the region. We offer Certificate of Origin processing through eCertify for members and non-members. Learn more here.

We are currently recruiting for the 2018 multi-industry trade mission to Argentina and Ecuador. Please contact Christina Stimpson for more information.


International Business Expansion Workshop

November 7 & 8


Developing an Export Strategy & Market Entry Strategies

Getting Paid

Shipping your Product

Legal Considerations

Export Financing Tools with the U.S. SBA


Website Globalization

December 5, 2017