Secretary Locke and U.S. Postmaster General Potter Sign Agreement to Boost Exports

July 12, 2010

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Adam Wilczewski is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service.  Stephanie Smedile is the Strategic Partnership Manager overseeing the U.S. Postal Service relationship.

The National Export Initiative is already driving broad government coordination – just take a look at www.trade.gov/nei to see what’s happening – but now the private sector is engaging in new ways, too.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Postmaster General John Potter shake hands after signing agreement.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Postmaster General John Potter shake hands after signing agreement to boost Exports in a ceremony on July 12, 2010.

Today Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the U.S. Postal Service’s Postmaster General & CEO, John Potter, announced the launch of a new effort, the New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI), to help boost U.S. exporters.  The NMEI will identify current U.S. Postal Service customers who are exporting their goods and services abroad, and working with ITA, help them expand their reach to additional international markets.  This initiative builds on an already successful relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Commercial Service’s Strategic Partnership Program.

With less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies exporting, and of those companies exporting, only 58 percent selling to one international market, we know there is potential for American companies to expand export sales.  The NMEI’s goal is to educate U.S. exporters, particularly small and medium-sized companies, about the benefits of expanding their exports to additional markets.  In addition, we want to inform them of the public and private sector resources to assist them.  To reach our goal, we are engaging partners like the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS to provide assistance to targeted exporting customers.

The buzz is already starting – take a look at Bloomberg’s Businessweek or PR Newswire to learn more about today’s event.


  1. This is really a great iniative, no matter how hard the globalisation might hit on company´s moving abroad in order to “produce cheaper”, with those numbers its certanly still room for a lot of improvments and gains with exporting, this is good news.

  2. Is the full text of this initiative available?

  3. This definitely is a great step forward in proactively pushing forward the export agenda to america’s SME Sector. Well done!

    We would be delighted to explore ways of assisting exporters in USA in their training and development for export since we have been training SMEs in over 50 countries around the world in the areas of Export Marketing, Trade and Customs procedures. Finance and methods of payment and of course using the power of the internet in the export market prospection process.

    What America needs most is to rely less on domestic demand (without neglecting it) and to open its SME sector towards foreign markets where its goods and services are respected and valued.


    Thomas Smith
    Operations Director

    eBSI Export Academy
    Online International Trade Courses

    IFC FIT Initiative
    Finance of International Trade program from the IFC

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  5. Such a timely topic! My 30 plus years of work experience in the Caribbean and Latin American Region shows the tremendous possibilities of placing US product there. Made in USA to this region means quality, consistency in service and to a great extent prestige. There is much to do developing this area if only at 1% capacity…how can specialty service providers help in this initiative?

    Alberto Furlan
    LBS, logistics Business Solutions, Inc.

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    Freight Access – World’s Freight Marketplace (Loadboard Replacement)

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  8. Importing or Exporting is a major issue here in the uk, we could take some good advice from the US for sure, I only dropped in for a quick read and ended up reading a lot more. Thank you and keep up the great feeds.

  9. Boosting exports is one the most important ways of getting America out of debt. I’m glad they have signed this agreement

  10. This is a good step towards a boost in economic growth that is desperately needed. I would definitely like to see more initiatives like this for the 2011 calendar year.

  11. Pushing hard on exports is crucial for America to increase the value of the dollar and bring back financial stability to the US.
    that’s a good sign and a fresh start towards 2011

  12. Nice move! It is time to do so. Boost exports and expect to gain in the end 😉

  13. That’s very true guys!. In every import and export transactions to any countries gives them internal gains and financial stability. Increasing the percentage of this exports would mean a definite increase in local productions and will give its domestic income a great figure!

  14. Wow! great news. This will surely increase economic growth and the import and export programs. Keep it up. Good Job!

  15. The launching of NMEI is really good news to many of small and medium-sized companies to help them expanding their business to the global market.

    However, it is important to know that the global market is dominated by China today. Products and Services from China are everywhere and they are very cheap. How do you suggest to US companies to be able to compete with China? Thanks.

  16. I agree with the other comments. This is exciting news, even though it was a year ago!

  17. This was long needed, its time to get back to producing and not consuming. This great country was built on the trading and selling of products made right here in the USA.

  18. Anything to boost exports gets an A in my book.

  19. “Secretary Locke and U.S. Postmaster General Potter Sign Agreement to Boost Exports” – why that didnt help

  20. This is definitely a good initiative. New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI) working with U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Commercial Service’s as partners will greatly boost the export industry. Hoping for the continued success of this effort.

  21. It’s positive to see a huge push toward economic growth. A focus on imports and exports is a very influential matter to see success.

  22. This is a good step towards a push our economic thank for that!

  23. Though this post is a couple years old, it is nice to see mills such as the NMEI bill being passed. Thank you from a small business owner.


  24. Although it’s an old post, I like to share my thoughts regarding NMEI. Really, its a good initiative for the US exporters. It really helps NAM members expand their export sales of manufactured goods through the New Market Export Initiative (NMEI). Additionally, we can get shipping and logistics advice from experts at FedEx.

  25. This really is a good push for the economy.

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