TradePort is a repository of free information and resources for businesses seeking to conduct international trade to and from California. Created in 1996, TradePort is backed by an alliance of regional trade associations that assist California export and import businesses.
TradePort was originally launched in 1996 with federal and state funding, and was the product of an international trade/defense conversion initiative funded by the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce. The initiative was part of an unprecedented public-private sector export promotion program for California called BayTade and LA Trade.
TradePort’s primary goal is to accelerate the development of a small to mid-size enterprise (SME) economic infrastructure in order to expand global trade and investment, resulting in job creation and improved economic growth.
TradePort is now the premier online resource for comprehensive information about the ‘how to’ aspects of importing and exporting and is supported by the California Trade Partners (CTP) network comprised of forty public and private sector trade promotion service organizations located throughout California.
TradePort also supports this country’s first statewide trade promotion service ‘intranet’ called the ‘TradePort Collaborator (TC)’ which is a private, password-protected online workspace for the California Trade Partners (CTP) organizations.
Through the TradePort Collaborator the CTP can share information and resources, to track discussions on key topics of interest, and to collaborate on a statewide basis on various trade promotion and investment services to better serve the California’s global trade small to mid-sized enterprise community.
New features on TradePort this year include ‘Notify US’ which is a daily free service from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to keep abreast of standards and regulations that could impact your company's products and services, and the latest rules and regulations for export controls and economic sanctions for American exporters.
TradePort’s future plans include the deployment of a ‘click & mortar’ online service for eConsulting, eTraining and real-time support for exporters, importers, and investors utilizing voice-computer integration technology.
Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)