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 advisors 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

Alabama World Trade Association

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 – 2015

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 – 2015

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 – 2014

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 2017 missions. Contact Christina Stimpson at 251-431-8648 for information on:

Canada: open to all sectors

Australia: open to all sectors


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

In 2015, Alabama exports totaled $19.37 billion, just below the all-time record of $19.58 billion set in 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Alabama exports have grown 25 percent since 2010 and 78 percent since 2005. Last year, Alabama companies shipped products and services to more than 185 countries and ranked 25th in the nation for dollar value of exports.

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


Canada ($4.1 billion), down 4.7 percent

China ($3.2 billion), up nearly 1 percent

Mexico ($2.9 billion), up 24 percent

Germany ($2.5 billion), up 15 percent

United Kingdom ($610 million), up 2 percent


Transportation Equipment ($7.8 billion), up 6.2 percent

Primary Metals ($1.6 billion), up 5 percent

Machinery ($1.1 billion), up 25 percent

Paper ($805 million), up 15 percent

Plastics and rubber products ($423 million), up 12 percent

The trade division strives to connect our community to the world and facilitate international business in the region. We offer the following documentation services to chamber members and non-members:

Certificates of Origin (COO) – A Certificate of Origin (also known as a COO) is a document used in international shipments. It is a printed form, completed by the exporter or its agent and stamped by a local Chamber of Commerce, which attests that the goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The “origin” does not refer to the country where the goods were shipped from but to the country where they were made.

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce requires the following statement on ALL certificates of origin prior to verification.

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, a recognized Chamber of Commerce under the laws of The State of Alabama, certifies that to the best of its knowledge and belief, products named in this document originated in the United States of America. This certification is based solely on the exporter’s (shipper’s) or forwarder’s representations or declarations, and not on independent verification or inspection, and makes no expressed or implied warranty on the goods, declaration, or related documents.

There is an $8 fee for Chamber members and $15 fee for non-Chamber members per certificate and certificates must be picked up from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce office.