Illinois SBDC International Trade Center (SBDCITC)

Since 1989, the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University has helped hundreds of Illinois companies take advantage of the potential of the international marketplace. The ITC expanded in 1994 to include specialized assistance to ensure exporters obtain the benefits associated with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including NAFTA. We help manufacturing and service companies make the right move at the right time. Our assistance has helped more than 500 companies expand their export sales by more than $400 million.

Services include:

  • Readiness to export assessment
  • Potential export market identification
  • Potential foreign buyer matchmaking
  • Foreign market entry assistance
  • International business planning
  • Export document training
  • Trade-lead matching from U.S. Embassies
  • Education and networking forums
  • Executive courses in international business
  • Export finance counseling
  • In-house training

For more information on our services, call (309) 677-3075 or email

Free Trade Agreement Assistance

Since 1994, we have helped hundreds of Illinois companies capitalize on the potential of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) around the world, including the state’s two top export destinations – Canada and Mexico. Currently known as USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement). Whether your company is new to international trade or has already established export markets, contact us to maximize your export potential to the many U.S. Free Trade Agreements.

Services include:

  • One-on-one counseling on export issues, confidential and at no cost
  • Trade flow research that allows you to determine the top export markets for your product
  • International Agent/Distributor searches that help you find the right partner in the right market
  • NAFTA Certificate of Origin consultation
  • Other FTA Certificates of Origin consultation
  • Classification of Goods under the Harmonized System
  • Interpretation of Preferential Rules of Origin
  • Valuation for the potential impact that a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) holds for your company
  • Customized on-site FTA compliance training
  • Analysis of Export Administration Regulations
  • Tariff Engineering, which provides a Tariff Analysis for raw materials and components that enters in production of the finished good to evaluate the best duty rate
  • Interpretation and Analysis of Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOMs)
  • Analysis of Canadian product labeling requirements
  • CGBP Seminars to obtain the national CGBP Certification
  • Pre-Audit in regard to export documentation and compliance

The following countries, currently hold a Free Trade Agreement with the United States.

  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Singapore 

For more information, contact our Free Trade Agreement Specialist (309) 677-2996 or e-mail