The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) is dedicated to helping Massachusetts companies increase their export potential and grow globally. Through strategic partnerships, MOITI acts as a clearinghouse and connector for companies seeking to expand their international presence, helping them meet their export promotion goals. Serving as a single point of contact for businesses, MOITI works in partnership with a large international network of public and private economic development entities and organizations to provide businesses the guidance and support they need to succeed in the global market.
Support for exporters provided by MOITI include programs and events hosted across the Commonwealth and organizing trade shows and missions for Massachusetts businesses. Through our strategic partners listed below, your business will find useful information including trade counseling, training, legal assistance, and publications to help you reach the next level of global expansion. Add links to text above to jump to header/sections below.
State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Initiative
MOITI, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network and the Massachusetts Export Center, is pleased to announce the Massachusetts State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program ("STEP Program"). MOITI will provide grants to eligible Massachusetts small businesses for the purpose of increasing export sales of their goods and services, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information this program, please visit the STEP Grant Application page.
Programs and Events
MOITI regularly hosts trade and investment seminars that highlight trade and export opportunities in specific markets. Often these events coincide with visiting trade delegations seeking partnership and investment opportunities in Massachusetts. Many of these “Doing Business in…” events bring together State and Federal government agencies, foreign consulates and trade officials, and the local business community to network, share resources, and learn more about exciting opportunities in international trade across Massachusetts.
To learn more about these events, request to be added to our mailing list.
The Associated Industries of Massachusetts – International Business Council distributes a bi-monthly e-mail newsletter of international trade events in the New England region. To register for this newsletter, email Kristen Rupert.
Trade Shows and Missions
In order to promote the export of Massachusetts goods and services to international markets, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment assists Massachusetts based companies interested in participating in international trade shows, domestic trade shows attended by international buyers, and international trade missions. If you are exploring the possibility of participating in a trade show or mission, or are seeking assistance finding the right trade show for your company, MOITI is able to assist you.
- Domestic Trade Shows
International Buyer Programs - The International Buyers Program is a U.S. Commercial Service program that recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives, and business partners to U.S. based trade shows, allowing U.S. exhibitors to reach and expand into the global market. Exhibitors at an IBP trade show also benefit by gaining access to export counseling, marketing analysis, and matchmaking services by country and industry experts from the U.S. Commercial Service.
United States Department of Agriculture Trade Shows - United States Department of Agriculture Trade Shows are USDA endorsed agriculture, food, forest, or fishery focused trade shows held in the U.S. that attract a sizable international audiences. These shows have significant support from the Foreign Agricultural Service Overseas Trade Support Branches in Washington D.C. and abroad.
Boston Based Trade Shows - Link to Massachusetts Convention Center Authority calendar of Boston based trade shows.
- International Trade Shows
MOITI often organizes Massachusetts pavilions at select trade shows in Europe, Asia, and North America including BIO international, Hannover Messe, Medica, and others. Additional information on joining these trade shows will be listed on our home page when registration is available.
- Trade Missions
Promotion of Massachusetts’ innovation economy and supporting ecosystem is a key component of the Commonwealth’s international economic development strategy. Organized through the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, the principle objective of these economic development missions is to present Massachusetts’ globally competitive advantages, explore economic development and job growth opportunities for the Commonwealth, expand export markets and develop further relationships for foreign direct investment within Massachusetts’ key industries.
Export Partners and Resources
MOITI works closely with the following state and federal export promotion partners that offer a wide variety of resources and technical assistance to Massachusetts firms that are existing or new to market exporters.
- Massachusetts Export Center
The Massachusetts Export Center offers a range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. Whether you are a small business just thinking about exporting or an experienced exporter, the Massachusetts Export Center stands ready to help with services suited to your needs.
Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist American businesses in their international sales strategies and succeed in today's global marketplace.
- US Commercial Service Export Assistance Centers in Massachusetts
The U.S. Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses export their products and services.
- Massachusetts District Export Council
The Massachusetts District Export Council (DEC) is the local chapter of private sector non-profit corporation composed of organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by various U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region's local firms.
- U.S. Small Business Administration Office of International Trade (US SBA)
As US SBA's office for the support of small business international trade development, the Office of International Trade (ITA) works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public and private-sector groups to encourage small business exports and to assist small businesses seeking to export. Through 19 U.S. Export Assistance Centers, SBA district offices, and a variety of service-provider partners, ITA directs and coordinates SBA's ongoing export initiatives in an effort to encourage small businesses going global.
- Foreign Agricultural Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA FAS)
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of 98 offices in 75 countries covering 156 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired staff that are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe.