Exports & Exporting 101

Irvine is at the forefront of U.S. cities where export by U.S. business is expanding. International headquarters for a number of multinational firms are located in Irvine, and many well-known international brands have research, manufacturing, or other regional operations locations in the city.

Orange County exports over $17 billion annually with electronics, medical devices and software among the leading categories. The principal destinations are Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and Mexico. A detailed analysis of export trends can be found here.

Among the government, financial, and professional services supporting export activities in Irvine are:

  •  U.S. Export Assistance Center, Orange County Office – the Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce
  •  Small Business Administration (SBA) Export/Import Finance Regional Office
  •  Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Western Regional Office
  •  Small Business Administration (SBA) Export/Import Finance Regional Office
  •  Numerous Freight-Forwarding & Logistics Services Firms Including Customs Brokers
  •  Professional International Trade Advisory, Consulting, and Services Firms
  •  Major U. S. Banks with International Banking Departments
  •  Offices of Major Foreign Banks with International Banking Services

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce sponsors and conducts programs supporting export business growth for new-to-export firms and new-to-market companies expanding their exports beyond their current international customers.

The Chamber’s International Market Insights Webinar Series brings information, best practice and best market opportunity recommendations, and support resources contact to support informed business decisions about exporting – featuring presentations by the U.S. Department of Commerce and other government agencies, by local and national trade development agencies representing foreign markets, and by experienced trade professionals.

Periodically, the Chamber sponsors and conducts an Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) – a series of workshop seminars designed to enhance knowledge of best practices and processes for profitable export success.

Within the staff and members of the Irvine Chamber there is a range of international business experience and expertise, augmented by international trade professionals engaged from time to time by the Chamber for programs and projects serving the Irvine business community.

The Irvine Chamber collaborates with local agencies and organizations whose services support export growth and success, including the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the local District Export Council.