Arizona’s Voice for Global Trade

A Personal Letter from Our Chair

The Arizona District Export Council (DEC) provides local leadership in international trade through its 30+ member council of international trade veterans and experts, all appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The District Export Council:

  • Collaborates with Arizona business, public and private sector groups to stimulate economic growth through trade and investment;
  • Advocates for a well-informed public and political dialogue about global business in Arizona;
  • Prepares Arizona to be a “global ready” State; and,
  • Supports the Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center, a division of the U.S. Commercial Service.
Arizona DEC – 30-Member Industry Representation:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture / Ranching / Growers
  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Financial
  • Mining
  • Tourism
Arizona DEC – Four (4) Active Committees:
  1. Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs
  2. Export Resources
  3. Education
  4. Communications


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