Key Business Links

U.S. Government Agencies and Offices for Business

Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration: The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

Department of State Office of Commercial and Business Affairs: The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) plays a major role in coordinating trade and investment matters to support U.S. firms doing business overseas. Our mission is to engage U.S. government resources to assist and promote U.S. business interests overseas, and to ensure that private sector business concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy.

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS): FAS is the foreign affairs agency with primary responsibility for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) overseas programs–market development, international trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection of statistics and market information. The FAS mission statement is “Linking U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.”

EPA’s Environmental Solutions Exporters:  The U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit is a buyer’s resource guide that marries Environmental Protection Agency expertise on solving environmental challenges with a catalogue of U.S. providers of related technologies. The U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit supports the President’s National Export Initiative by fostering export opportunities for the U.S. environmental industry as well as advancing environmental protection goals. Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.

Export Import Bank of the United States: Ex-Im Bank is the official export-credit agency of the United States. The independent federal government agency helps to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing the sales of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, providing loan guarantees, export-credit insurance and direct loans.

National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.

Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a U.S. Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC): OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA provides support to U.S. small businesses and small – business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA): USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.

Peru Specific Links

The American Chamber of Commerce of Peru (AmCham Peru): AmChams advance the interests of American business overseas. They are voluntary associations of American companies and individuals doing business in a particular country, as well as firms and individuals of that country who operate in the United States. Currently, 115 AmChams in 102 countries are affiliated with U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Listings of AmChams and contact information by region of interest or country are also available.