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The Chamber’s International Trade team connects our community to the world. We believe there is no better time than now for companies to expand and diversify their markets globally. And we can help. The division promotes exports to expand our local economy. We will help you identify new market opportunities, build global networks through trade education events and first-class trade missions and address 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. In May, 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. We are here when you need us.
Export Alabama Alliance Members
International Trade Publications
(Via Alabama Department of Commerce)
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.
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.
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, 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.
Past Trade Missions Markets
Argentina | Australia | Brazil | Canada | Chile | China | Colombia | Costa Rica | Cuba | Czech Republic | 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 | Thailand | Turkey | UAE | Uruguay | Venezuela | Vietnam
In 2013 Alabama exports totaled $19.3 billion, just shy of the state’s all-time record of $19.6 billion in 2012. In just 5 years Alabama exports have increased 57%. Last year, Alabama companies shipped products and services to nearly 200 countries and ranked 23rd in the nation for dollar value of exports.
Top five export destinations and top five Alabama-made products exported in 2013:
Canada ($4.3 billion) Transportation Equipment ($8.35 billion)
China ($2.5 billion) Chemicals ($2.5 billion)
Germany ($2.2 billion) Primary Metals ($1.5 billion)
Mexico ($2.2 billion) Minerals & Ores ($1.4 billion)
United Kingdom ($693 million) Forestry Products ($1 billion)
Alabama Exports to Canada (all attached)
Alabama Exports to China
Alabama Exports to Germany
Alabama Exports to Mexico
Alabama Exports to United Kingdom
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.
Series One: Export Planning and Research
Series Two: Logistics and Documentation
Series Three: International Financing and Export Insurance
Series Four: Legal Aspects to International Business
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the second International Leadership Series in 2015. For information on the series and how to register, contact Christina Stimpson at 251-431-8648.