Who are DEC Members?

Each DEC has approximately 30 members, at least half of whom are exporters.  Members also include export trading or management company representatives; bankers; international lawyers and accountants; freight forwarders; and others whose profession supports the U.S. government’s export promotion mission.

Recommendations for appointment are based on the individual’s position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to the council -- at his or her own expense.

How are Members Appointed?

Notices requesting applications for nomination are placed in the Federal Register and elsewhere to attract new nominees.  The local USEAC Director, in consultation with USEAC staff, other DEC members and local partner organizations recommends individuals for membership.  

A fair and transparent review and appointment process is conducted within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce makes the final decision on all membership and leadership appointments.  Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to staggered four-year terms.  There are no term limits.



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