Maine International Trade Center is privileged to work with over 300 businesses and organizations located in all 16 Maine counties from more than 30 industry sectors each year. See answers below to frequently asked questions to learn more about how we can help you.


Whether you are new to international business or have been selling overseas for decades, our trade team will meet you where you are. We’ll listen to your needs and plans, help find answers to your important questions, and connect you with additional resources. Learn more about One-on-One Assistance and contact us today.

Please use the Contact Us from on our website. We will response to your contact email within 3 business days.

There is no fee for the consultation, information, and connections offered by MITC staff to assist your business. If you wish to support the work of our organization, annual membership and sponsorship opportunities are available.

MITC exists to enhance global competitive advantages for Maine businesses and organizations in the global market.

MITC administers the SBA-funded STEP Financial Assistance Awards to provide financial assistance to eligible Maine businesses to enter or expand international export markets.

MITC administers the Maine Domestic Trade Expansion Program (DTEP), providing financial support to help companies diversify and grow markets within the United States. Currently, this program is only available to support businesses engaged in one of the following three sectors:  Food & Beverage, Aerospace & Defense, or Offshore Wind & Renewables.

Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization created to enhance global competitive advantages for Maine businesses and organizations in the global market. Established by the Maine State Legislature in 1996, MITC is a public-private partnership funded through the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and contributions from Maine businesses and organizations, as well as corporate sponsors.

MITC provides assistance to any Maine business whether members or non-members. We work with both exporters and importers.

In order to ensure the most appropriate staff member will be available, please contact MITC in advance to schedule an appointment. We offer phone or video conferencing options, as well as in-person meetings.

MITC is a statewide organization providing assistance to Maine businesses in all 16 counties. While our office is located in Portland, our team will be happy to meet with you via phone or Zoom or schedule a visit to your location.

Annual MITC membership dues are based on the number of employees at your company and start as low as $225. MITC annual memberships cover a fiscal year that begins on July 1st. The application form and payment can be completed in minutes online. LEARN MORE

Absolutely. Our team of trade specialists can work with your business, no matter what industry sector you operate in, and provide research assistance and connections to other helpful resources.

Certificates of Origin –  documents to certify the country of origin for goods – are offered by local chambers of commerce. This service is typically provided free for chamber members or for a fee for non-members.

We love working with entrepreneurs after your business is up and running! If you’re just getting started and need help with writing a business plan and other first steps, we are happy to connect you with our partners at Maine SBDC, CEI, MCE, and SCORE.

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