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International Trade & Investment

Growing Global Business

Our aim is to help you succeed in the global market. Thanks to a U.S. Port of Entry located in our biggest city, Sioux Falls, companies have accesses to quick and efficient U.S. customs clearing, as well as other importing and exporting services. On top of that, South Dakota is home to a diverse set of foreign-owned companies across a wide-range of industry operations. With reliable broadband and access to seven commercial airports, in South Dakota the world-wide market is always at your fingertips.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development works to increase current and international trade opportunities for South Dakota industry to enhance and diversify the state’s economy. Explore the ways the GOED and its partners can assist companies in their international efforts below.

Certificates of Free Sale

Certificates of Free Sale are now issued by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Required by certain countries, these certificates state that South Dakota companies produce the purchased products in the state and there are no trade restrictions on said products. There is no charge for a certificate. To request a certificate please follow the instructions in Certificate of Free Sale information sheet.

Download the Certificate of Free Sale Protocol

Export Resources

The GOED works closely with other offices in the state to coordinate resources and better serve companies looking to expand their businesses with international efforts.

Our key partners in this effort are:

U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce 
The U.S. Commercial Service can help you:

  • Research new international markets
  • Find qualified international buyers and distributors
  • Promote your company at trade events around the world
  • Receive help through every step of the export process

For more information contact:

Cinnamon King, CGBP, Director
2001 S. Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197 USA
Ph: 605-330-4265
Fax: 605-330-4266

Cinnamon.King@trade.gov

www.export.gov/southdakota/

International Trade Center (ITC)
South Dakota Port 

The ITC offers one-on-one consulting in international trade techniques, procedures and opportunities; helps businesses reduce freight costs, improve delivery operations and better their bottom lines.

For information contact:

Rock Nelson, Director
1 West Weather Lane, Suite 400
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-0121
Ph: 605-338-3424
Fax: 605-338-3423
rock@siouxfalls.com

$1.4 Billion Goods Exported from South Dakota in 2017

South Dakota’s Top 5 Export Categories

(in millions of current dollars)

South Dakota’s Top 5 Export Markets

Canada $536.1 Million
Mexico $345.3 Million
Japan $80.0 Million
China $63.6 Million
Belgium $38.4 Million

Source: International Trade Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division

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