The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations.

Contact: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Export Licenses

Export regulations apply to organizations of all sizes, including one-person operations and private individuals exporting items to family and friends. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulates exports of most commercial items and some defense items through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). (19)

Contact: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security: Export Controls: A Quick Start Guide


Trademarks and service marks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). For additional information, visit the Filing a Federal Trademark or Service Mark section of our Checklist Program.

Additional Information:
The Arizona Commerce Authority's International Trade Program offers Arizona-based companies valuable export services to amplify their trade opportunities in international markets. (18)

Export.gov: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 U.S. Government agencies that offer export assistance programs and services. Developed by international trade specialists and economists, the website provides market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help you understand how to export, connect with foreign buyers, and expand operations in new markets. (18)

How to Export: The U.S. Commercial Service has developed this comprehensive video collection to help your small business become better equipped to enter the exciting exporting world. (18)

Export Assistance Centers in Arizona: The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized Arizona companies develop international markets. They offer trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and the commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities. In addition, they will help you to develop trade finance and insurance strategies that align with your particular business objectives and help you complete your export transaction.

Federal Trade Commission: Electronic Commerce: Selling Internationally A Guide for Businesses
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Basic Importing and Exporting
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Export Products

The Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) is Arizona’s cross-border nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information. (18)

American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) is a trade organization representing U.S. companies engaged in global trade and are recognized as technical experts regarding the day-to-day import and export of goods including the facilitation of global trade. (18)

Local Libraries: Visit your local library for a large selection of material on exporting and importing.