Idaho Agricultural Exports 2017 – Growing for the World

Thanks to our friends at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture for providing us with the following information regarding Idaho Ag exports.

Idaho Agricultural Exports

Provided by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture – Download the PDF Here. 

National District Export Council on the Importance of the International Trade Administration

Robert Brown, Chairman of the National District Export Council (DEC), released the following statement regarding the value of the International Trade Administration. 

Dr. Robert Brown, Chairman of the National District Export Council.

Exports of American goods and services constitute a critical foundation of the U.S. economy. Numerous studies have shown that exports are a key component of economic growth. For this growth to continue, however, U.S. governmental policies that encourage exports are essential. These policies include commercial diplomacy that promotes U.S. goods and services in foreign markets, aggressive combatting of foreign trade barriers to U.S. exports, and enactment and enforcement of trade agreements that advance the state of American exports.

The National District Export Council, which is an organization that represents 1300 core companies in the 60 District Export Councils throughout the United States, is the voice of the American small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) exporter. It advances the interests of American exporters by advocating for those governmental policies that will result in the increase of global competitiveness for American manufacturers thus resulting in jobs, economic development and rising wages in the U.S. In the current climate of economic uncertainty, U.S. exports can and should lead the way to increased prosperity for the American worker and American manufacturers as a whole.

One key player supporting U.S. SME exporters is the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA). The ITA promotes trade and investment and ensures fair trade by enforcing U.S. trade laws and agreements. In doing so, it strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry.

Global Markets (or Customs Service), one of the ITA units, plays a critical role in assisting SMEs by combining country and regional experts (both overseas and domestic field staff), along with ITA’s trade promotion programs, to provide U.S. firms with the full range of country-specific export promotion services and market access advocacy. Global Markets also plays a major role in promoting the United States as an investment destination. Global Markets has assisted more than 44,000 U.S. exporters over the past two years, with over 28,000 helped in fiscal year 2016. Nearly 90% of ITA’s customers are SMEs with fewer than 500 employees. Most importantly, ITA’s customers benefit from its services with 84% achieving their export objectives.

As a result, Global Markets has played a significant role in growing U.S. exports by $71 billion over the past two years, including $45.5 billion in fiscal year 2016. These exports, in turn, supported an estimated 400,000 new American jobs, including 250,000 in fiscal year 2016.

Further, Global Markets played a significant role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into the U.S. of $6.7 billion over the past two years.

All told, for each budget dollar allocated to Global Markets in fiscal year 2016, $156 came back to the U.S. economy in the form of billions in sales and thousands of jobs created.

While U.S. SME exporters can compete and outperform exporters from any other country in the world, for this to happen, there must be a level playing field. The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, in short, helps to ensure that this playing field is indeed level, which redounds to the benefit of not only American exporters but also to the health of the U.S. economy as a whole.

You can tell your export story at the Thank you ITA Global Markets LinkedIn Page. 

Idaho Business Interests To Be Represented Nationally

Idaho District Export Council Member Elected to National Steering Committee

BOISE, Idaho –Idaho’s District Export Council member Ernesto Pinal was elected to serve on the National Steering Committee for the Pacific North District Export Council which includes North California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Idaho.

Pinal will begin his two-year term on the National Steering Committee today where his role will be to advocate nationally on trade issues and challenges relevant to Idaho and the other six states that comprise the Pacific North District Export Council.

The Idaho District Export Council (IDEC) is part of a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and guidance to the international business community. The IDEC accomplishes this by amplifying the export promotion efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Office in Boise, and by counseling, educating and mentoring local Idaho businesses; identifying sources of trade and project finance; and researching key issues affecting U.S. and Idaho industry competitiveness in the global marketplace. The IDEC organizes numerous trade and export seminars throughout the year while also providing networking opportunities for business professionals to learn more about export regulations, finance and marketing.

The IDEC is one of 59 nationwide District Export Councils whose members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. For 30 years, the Councils have served the U.S. by helping exporters in their communities, thus strengthening local economies and helping to create new and higher-paying jobs for their communities.

“Mr. Pinal and the other 21 members of the Idaho District Export Council are either exporters themselves or are very knowledgeable about global sales and understand the challenges that Idaho firms may encounter in the international market,” said U.S. Commercial Service Idaho Director Amy Benson. “The members are inspirational role models for new exporters who can see that it is possible to export, and can learn from the experiences of more seasoned exporters.” Benson also serves as the executive secretary for the IDEC.

Pinal is the senior director for international business development for NextScan, located in Meridian.  The company sells its micrographics conversion and document management technology globally and develops all its software and hardware locally. Pinal has over 18 years of experience in the high-tech industry and has held multiple positions in a diverse pool of small, medium and large size organizations. Some of his recent achievements include:

  • Recipient of the 2015 Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year Award
  • Recipient of a U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Certificate, 2014
  • Member of the IDEC Legislative Committee and Liaison to U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s Office

For more information about the IDEC or to learn about how the U.S. Commercial Service can assist Idaho exporters, please contact Amy Benson at

The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.