About Us

The Arizona District Export Council (AZDEC) is a diverse group of volunteer trade professionals dedicated to helping you develop export sales and thus contribute to the National Export Program.

We provide leadership and trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion work.

We represent the interests of the U.S. exporting community and provide business mentoring on the export process, trade education through the Export-U.com training website, plus workshops, seminars, and community outreach to encourage Arizona firms to export.

We follow a value and results-driven approach to serve as a model for fellow District Export Councils nationally and adhere to the goals of:

  1. Promoting export opportunities
  2. Advocating trade promotion policies
  3. Supporting businesses in achieving export successes

We invite you to reach out, attend our events, and use us as a resource to help grow your export sales.


The AZDEC offers free mentoring to Arizona’s companies. Our members each have special international trade knowledge they are eager to share to help businesses in our state develop export sales.


AZDEC initiatives are organized around four committees:

  • Export Resources: works closely with the Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center to organize export-oriented training designed to benefit Arizona companies. Examples include Export University programs in both Scottsdale and Tucson.
  • Education: reaches out to students and educators around Arizona to discuss the benefits of trade-oriented careers. The Education Committee also sponsors an annual student essay contest.
  • Social Media: develops innovative means of communicating with Arizona’s global business community.
  • Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs: maintains relations with Arizona’s elected leaders, keeping them abreast of the export community’s policy concerns and aspirations.


AZDEC members have special expertise in international trade, and are dedicated to helping businesses in our state develop global sales.


Members of AZDEC are volunteers appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Members serve four-year renewable terms. Nominations of individuals believed to be suitable candidates for membership should be forwarded to the AZDEC’s Executive Secretary for consideration.

The AZDEC works closely with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Assistance Centers in Arizona to help companies develop sales in international markets.