Key Business Links

U.S. Government Resources

  • Department of Commerce: The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce supports U.S. commercial interests and assists American businesses in their export marketing efforts.
  • Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.  Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative. For more information about doing business in Spain, click here: http://export.gov/spain/spainprofile/index.asp.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is an independent federal agency that fills gaps in private export finance in order to bolster U.S. job growth at no cost to American taxpayers. EXIM provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers – to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services.
  • National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. Through an interagency structure, USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision. The trade policy advisory committee system consists of 26 advisory committees, with a total membership of up approximately 700 advisors. Under the Trade Act of 2002, each advisory committee is required to prepare a report on proposed trade agreements for the Administration and Congress. These reports are made public on USTR’s website.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. OPIC’s products are uniquely tailored to assist the private sector in some of the world’s most challenging places.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides support to U.S. small businesses and small –business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA):  The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress. Its mission is to help companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.
  • Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:  Working to improve market access while promoting U.S. food and agricultural exports around the world.
  • The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.”  You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.  For more information and to receive announcements of new calls, visit www.state.gov/directline.
  • The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements.  Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas.  Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes. http://bids.state.gov.

Other Resources

  • AmChams:  AmChams (American Chambers of Commerce) advance the interests of American business overseas.  They are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of that country who operate in the U.S.  Currently, 115 AmChams in 102 countries are affiliated with U.S. AmCham.  Listings of AmChams and contact information by region of interest or country are also available.
  • Spanish Customs:  The website of the Spanish customs agency offers information on taxes, credit, and other legal information useful for business owners in Spain.
  • Customs Taric:  The European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union provides data on taxation within the single market. The site also includes information on efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy within the European Union.
  • Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX): ICEX is part of Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and provides information on investment, market conditions, and trade events in Spain.
  • Doing Business in Spain.  A comprehensive online publication with information on investments, regional governments, and other services.
  • Ministry of Public Administration.  An online destination for business management, sustainability, R&D data and other essential information needed to start a business in Spain.
  • Ministry of Economy. The official website of the Spanish Ministry of Economy is a useful source for economic conditions in Spain as well as R&D and investor information.