Export Incentives Program

SC Commerce has developed an Export Incentives Program to assist small and medium-sized businesses entering new markets or wishing to increase their exporting activities. In the past five years, these two programs have generated approximately $151 million in export sales. We have helped South Carolina companies sell products to more than 62 different countries around the world.

Eligible companies are reimbursed for specific export-related expenses through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) or the South Carolina Opportunities for Promoting Exports (SCOPE) program.

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Eligible applicants may apply from October 1, 2017 through September 1, 2018. All approved export-related activities must be completed and submitted before September 29, 2018. Companies may not apply for a previously funded event. Companies should not apply if receiving funding from other sources for the same event. For additional information, please contact the International Trade Manager.


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Funded in part through a grant with the US Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.