Local Agencies

Shreveport Export Assistance Center (EAC)

Companies interested in obtaining export assistance may contact the EAC, an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce / International Trade Administration. The center provides hands-on export marketing for small and medium-size companies. At the EAC, the commercial trade specialist helps a company gauge its export potential, locate overseas markets, develop sales strategies, identify agents and customers, and start successful export operations.

The specialist also can answer questions about exporting (financing, shipping, export licenses, shipping documents, etc.) and introduce exporters to important contacts, such as freight forwarders, international banks, and export trading companies. Call 318-676-3064 for more information.

U.S. Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank is a federal agency that provides insurance for foreign receivables, working capital, loans and guarantees. It also has special programs for environmental, project financing, and small businesses. Call 318-676-3064 with any questions.

Shreveport-Bossier U.S. Customs Office

The Shreveport-Bossier U.S. Customs Office helps companies involved in importing from foreign sources may clear their goods and/or obtain information from this federal agency based at the Shreveport Regional Airport. Call 318-635-7873 for more information.

Ark-La-Tex Regional Export & Technology Center, Inc.

Companies that are not currently involved in international trade and would like to explore the possibilities of exporting or importing may contact the Ark-La-Tex Regional Export and Technology Center, Inc. at 318-671-1050 for information. Information also is available regarding Foreign Trade Zones and Custom Bonded Warehouses.

International Trade Council - Red River Region

The International Trade Council-Red River Region is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation organized to promote international trade within the North Louisiana, Southwest Arkansas and Northeast Texas region. Monthly meetings feature speakers on topics of interest for those interested in international trade. Call 318-868-8065 for more information.