Export Voucher Program

Pallets of shrink wrapped products await loading on a cargo ship

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion grant, offers qualified companies new to exporting, or expanding into new export markets, up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required).

Are you eligible?

Qualifying companies must:

  • Be registered to do business in Washington State
  • Have a Federal Identification Number tied to a Washington address
  • Be in good standing with the Washington State Department of Revenue
  • Be a small business concern (SBC) as defined by SBA criteria, and meet other program criteria, such as being in business for at least one year, operating profitably and able to demonstrate export readiness
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    Apply for an Export Voucher
     

    Qualifying export expenses

    The following types of programs and expenses are eligible for an Export Voucher:

  • Basic economy class airfare (compliant with the Fly America Act)
  • Trade show fee
  • Trade mission fees
  • Payment of website fees for translation, SEO, and localization (capped at $3000)
  • Shipping of samples (capped at $2000)
  • Compliance testing an existing product for entry into an export market (capped at $2000)
  • Services from the US Commercial Service
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    See the Export Voucher Program Guidelines for complete details.

    Links & Resources

    Success Stories

    More than 450 companies have used STEP vouchers to offset their exporting expenses. From mobile app developers and wakeboard manufacturers to remanufactured engine specialists and turnkey metalworkers, Washington State small businesses brought home more than $220 million in new export sales with assistance from this popular program, funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Read Export Voucher Program success stories...

    Need Help?

    Michele Ko
    STEP Export Voucher Program
    Business Development Manager
    michele.ko@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 206-256-6102

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