To register for the New Market Exporter Initiative, go to http://export.gov/ISEA.
You can view a brief video explanation of the program from Undersecretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez, and click the “Register Here” button to begin the process. You’ll be asked for contact information and some basic information about your business, including number of employees and annual sales, countries to which you’re currently exporting, and estimated percentage of sales derived from exports.
Export assistance is available to US companies for products having at least 51% domestic content. For more information on eligibility, scroll down to see the NMEI eligibility definitions.
When you register through the ISEA page, your company is identified as an ISEA member and participant in the NMEI program. ISEA has provided the US&FCS with basic information about the industry, products, standards and regulations, so the officer who contacts you will know something about the business you’re in, and be able to direct you to new opportunities around the world.
At that site you’ll also find links to the business resources offered by US government agencies, including business and market analyses, trade leads, export financing, logistics and regulatory requirements, and links to US&FCS offices in the US and abroad.
NMEI Eligibility Definitions
Does My Company Qualify for the New Market Exporter Initiative?
Your company qualifies for the NMEI if the answer to the below two questions in bold is YES.
1. Does the entity meet the definition of a U.S. exporter?
An entity is a United States exporter if it is one of the following:
- United States citizen;
- Corporation, partnership or other association created under the laws of the United States or of any State; or
- Foreign corporation, partnership, or other association, more than 95% of which is owned by persons above;
It exports, or seeks to export, goods or services produced in the United States.
2. Is the product/service of U.S. origin, or does it meet the 51% U.S. content criteria?
A product or service is of U.S. origin if it is:
- Grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States, including technology and software;
- A commodity of foreign origin that has been changed in the United States from the form in which it was imported, or that has been enhanced in value or improved in condition by further processing or manufacturing in the United States; or
- Services that are provided:
- from the territory of the United States into the territory of another country,
- in the territory of the United States to a service consumer of another country, or
- by a United States service supplier, through the presence of United States natural persons in another country.
A product or service meets the alternative 51% U.S. content criteria if:
- The ex-factory price of a manufactured good (actual price paid or payable) LESS the aggregate value contributed by non-U.S. or foreign sources (e.g., costs or payments to foreign suppliers/providers/employees not resident in the United States) is 51% of the value of the good.
- The contract value of the service (actual price paid or payable) whether delivered in the U.S. or overseas LESS the aggregate value contributed by non-U.S. or foreign sources (i.e., costs or payments to foreign suppliers/providers/employees not resident in the United States) is 51% of the value of the service.