About The District Export Council

The National District Export Council system is designed to help America's exporters.

Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commercial Service's U.S. Export Assistance Centers, the 56 District Export Councils (DECs) nationwide are organizations comprised of leaders from their local business community.

The DEC Members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. These international trade professionals use their knowledge and international business experience to act as consultants to small and medium sized businesses who want to export their products into markets outside of the United States.

The energies of more than 1,800 exporters and export service providers throughout the United States, volunteer their time to promote numerous trade related activities. The NSC sponsors a nationally-focused “Export University” that brings the best practices for exporting and global business to business audiences around the US.

For more than 30 years, DECs have served the United States by assisting companies in their local communities export, thus promoting our country's economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities.

The North Dakota DEC is committed to helping rural North Dakota companies reach larger overseas markets through education, advocacy, and mentoring. Partnering with the US Commercial Service: North Dakota and North Dakota Trade Office, seasoned exporters volunteer their time and energy to ensure the success of North Dakota exporters.


  • Working with the ND DEC provided my company with expertise and advice that was invaluable in growing our company. Who knew it could be this easy! Thank you to the DEC!

    ND Businessperson
  • The ND DEC worked with the State of North Dakota to create an outstanding private-public partnership when they created the ND Trade Office. Today the Trade Office works with the DEC and the US Commercial Service's Export Assistance Center in Fargo to further North Dakota's best interests in driving the economy forward with global business growth.

    ND Government Official

Growing North Dakota's Economy

  • Better Paying Jobs

    Statistics show that companies that export tend to pay higher wages, thereby helping grow the local economy. Better paying jobs are only part of the impact.

  • Better Quality Products & Services

    Companies that export must meet the quality expectations of a global customer base, which tends to improve the quality of their offerings making them even more competitive.

  • Diversified Customer Base

    Companies that export diversify their customer base allowing them to grow and gain economies of scale, thus reducing costs and better allocating overhead.

  • Offset Seasonal Business Patterns

    Companies who experience seasonal slumps can export products and services to areas where the seasons are opposite or always favorable.


  • The ND DEC has provided thousands of hours of formal training programs and mentoring.

    Over the last several years, the ND District Export Council (DEC) has provided the North Dakota business and banking communities with thousands of hours of formal training programs and individual mentoring. The goal of the DEC is to pass along the extensive experience of the DEC Board Members who are individually selected by the US Secretary of Commerce based on their expertise in international business. 

    Past formal training programs have included banking and payment training, shipping and paperwork, legal issues and partner selection along with many other important topics.