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About The North Texas District Export Council


The North Texas District Export Council (NTDEC) is a volunteer organization made up of exporters and service providers with extensive international trade experience. 
The NTDEC Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts. This includes counseling businesses on the exporting process as well as conducting trade education and community outreach.The NTDEC is one of 60 District Export Councils (DECs), made up of nearly 1,500 business and trade experts who volunteer to help U.S. companies develop solid export strategies. 
The primary objectives of the NTDEC are to educate the community about international trade and its benefits, including “how to” education to promote exports and international trade for companies in our region.

The NTDEC works with the North Texas U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) and U.S. Commercial Service to accomplish our goals.

About District Export Councils

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Closely affiliated with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, District Export Councils (DEC) serve as the “Voice of the Exporter” in their localities around the United States. Approximately 1,500 DEC members, from both rural and urban areas, volunteer their time in 61 DECs around the country. The pillars of all District Export Councils are to inform, educate, advocate, and assist local members and companies in becoming successful exporters. The DECs are unique in that they work directly at the local level with businesses assisting them with exports.  This can include but is not limited to, education, advocacy, networking, and mentoring.

DEC members represent their local region’s diverse international business environment. That collective voice represents a broad cross-section of issues that affect multiple industries. It is important for policymakers and the public to realize that “rural” covers far more industries than just agriculture, with rural-based DEC members showcasing the broad range of industries located in rural parts of the USA. For example, the Idaho DEC (IDEC) has members from Aerospace & Defense, Safety & Security, ICT, Sporting Goods, Energy, Education, Tourism, Logistics, Finance, and IoT to name just a few. North Dakota’s DEC members represent Manufacturing, Commodities, Health and Wellness, Medical, and  Aviation, among others.
Many local DECs cover vast territory and have to accommodate very long travel distances for their members. For example, Idaho covers 83,000 square miles with hundreds of rural exporters across the large state. Local DECs, like the Idaho DEC provide ongoing educational opportunities for new and existing exporters via in-person and virtual webinars by sharing expert export advice from IDEC members as well as government entities like EXIM, US Commerce, Idaho State Government, and others.
Both the NADEC and local DECs are excited to promote U.S. export promotion efforts and help companies succeed in international markets. To find your local DEC, please visit the District Export Council website.