Economic Development

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;
  • addresses international trade matters; and
  • strengthen Mobile’s international ecosystem through foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction.


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. The Mobile Chamber is the recipient of the President’s “E” Star Award for Export Service, presented to firms and organizations for continued performance in increasing and promoting exports.


Division Contact Information

International Trade

Christina Stimpson, International Business Director | 251-431-8648

Kayley Shepard, International Trade Manager | 251-431-8629

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)

Business Council of Alabama

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

Mobile Export Facts


Mobile’s Foreign Direct Investment Timeline


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 2019 multi-industry trade mission to the United Arab Emirates. Contact Kayley Shepard at 251-431-8629 for information.



Past Trade Missions Markets

Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Bulgaria | Canada | Chile | China | Colombia | Costa Rica | Cuba | Czech Republic | Denmark | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | 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 | Romania | Russia | Singapore | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Tanzania | Thailand | Turkey | UAE | United Kingdom | Uruguay | Venezuela | Vietnam

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.