Import and Export Assistance

Sag Harbor in Suffolk County was New York state's first international port of entry in 1784. Today, the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development serves as an information and referral service for local businesses seeking to expand into the global marketplace. Among the available programs:

  • New York State Export Working Capital Program -- Designed to assist small businesses that need export capital from $1 million to $30 million for one to five years.
  • SUFFOLK COUNTY FOREIGN TRADE ZONE #52 -- The FTZ offers an exemption on duties and excise taxes for certain products imported into and out of the Zone. Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is the grantee and administrator of FTZ#52, which includes a magnet site operated by Islip Foreign Trade Zone Authority, located adjacent to Long Island MacArthur Airport. The County can also sponsor applications for usage driven sites, which are available to businesses located in Suffolk County who wish to utilize the FTZ within their own facility. For information on policies, rates, and locations, please view FTZ#52's zone schedule, here.
  • Global Export Marketing Program -- New York state shares the cost of a consultant to help companies identify export opportunities.
  • International trade loan -- New York State provides short and long-term financing to small businesses involved in exporting, as well as businesses adversely affected by import competition. For more information on state import/export assistance go to
  • U. S. Small Business Administration --SBA Export Express is a new pilot loan guaranty program for small scale exporters with financing needs too small to be met profitably by traditional lending sources. Its goal is to streamline the processing of small export loans by allowing a lender to use its own documents based on its use of established and proven credit review and analysis procedures for loans of similar type and size. Eligibility for the program requires the applicant to demonstrate that loan proceeds will enable their company to increase an existing export market or enter a new export market. Also, applicants must have been in operation as a business for at least 12 months. For more information, contact: SBA, 202/205-7261; . Additional specialized exporting services available through the department include assistance with:
  • Accessing established foreign trade shows
  • Developing practical strategies for foreign exhibitions
  • Assessing the export potential of products
  • Locating possible overseas partners

In addition to the above, a large amount of information and abundant practical assistance in the field of international trade is available to both the new-to-export firm and the experienced exporter. The following list includes organizations in government and the private sector that provide trade-related services:

Empire State Development Corp./New York State
Department of Economic Development
International Division
633 Third Ave,. 33rd fl.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 803-2318
Long Island Office
150 Motor Paarkway, Ste. 311
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 435-0717
The Long Island Import Export Association
2652 Dorothy Street
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 783-1369 (Patti Stoff)
Long Island Association World Trade Council
80 Hauppauge Road
Commack, NY 11725-4495
Hauppauge Industrial Association
PO Box 11004
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 543-5355 Fax (631)543-5380
United States Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration
Long Island Export Assistance Center
1550 Franklin Avenue, Suite 207
Mineola, NY 11501
(516)739-1765 Fax (516)739-3310
L.I./Macarthur Foreign Trade Zone #52
Town of Islip Foreign Trade Zone Authority
1 Trade Zone Drive
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631) 588-5757
The Long Island Institute Of Finance, Business, and International Studies At Old Westbury
Dr. Patrick O'Sullivan
Director, School of Business
SUNY College at Old Westbury
Academic Village, Room D312
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
(516) 876-3292
(SBDC) Stony Brook Small Business Development Center
Harriman School for Management and Policy, Toom 103
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775
Farmingdale Small Business Development Center
SUNY at Farmindale
Campus Commons
2350 Route 110
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 420-2765
Export-Import Bank Of The United States
811 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20571
Foreign Credit Insurance Association
40 Rector Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10006
(212) 306-5000
Center for Business Research Long Island University/C.W. Post Compus
Brookville, NY 11548
(516) 299-2832
Long Island Forum For Technology (LIFT)
PO Box 170
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Patricia Howley, Executive Director
(631) 755-3321 Fax (631) 755-9264
The National Institute For World Trade
PO box 55
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
(631) 367-4608
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
1285 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747-3081
(631) 271-6200 Fax (631) 439-6047


Valuable guidance and information in the field of international commerce, often in the form of newsletters and specialized publicatons, are frequently offered by:
  • International Departments of Commercial Banks
  • Foreign Freight Forwarders
  • International Airlines
  • International Shipping Lines
  • International Divisions of Consulting and Accounting Firms
  • The U.S. Government Export Portal -