The International Division of the West Virginia Development Office provides consulting and helps build international business relationships.

International Division representatives help businesses find market information, assess their product’s viability in potential markets and locate prospective international business partners.¬†Click here for more exporter resources.

Building international relationships
With support from the Export Council of West Virginia and the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Division helps companies build international relationships through the West Virginia Export Initiative, a program to help expose businesses to global opportunities.

This program aims to support and enhance the performance of West Virginia businesses, so they can reach their full potential to provide jobs and grow their business. Research shows that companies that export enjoy higher growth and employee retention than those that focus solely on the domestic market.

The West Virginia Export Initiative sponsors several trade events throughout the year. Trade missions, usually led by the governor, allow West Virginia business representatives and state officials to meet with international executives and government officials. West Virginia businesses increase exposure to their products during trade shows in several cities across the globe.

The International Division participates in national organizations related to international trade promotion including State International Development Organizations, Inc., and Appalachian Regional Commission’s Export Trade Advisory Committee.

Click on this link to submit a request for information.

If you are interested in importing, the following agencies are excellent sources:

U.S. Customs Service
U.S. Import Administration