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ExportND Program FAQ

The ExportND Program is a reimbursement program for NDTO Members who are planning additional projects geared toward exporting. There is an application window, and projects must be completed within the set time frames.  

ExportND has an application window from November 15, 2023 through December 18, 2023.

All projects must be completed between January 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024.

The North Dakota Trade Office funds and administers this NDTO Member Opportunity.

This opportunity is specifically for NDTO Members for additional exporting projects beyond what can be funded through STEP or Specialty Crop funds. 

  • International Focused Sales Trips
  • Exhibiting at International Tradeshows
  • International Market Research
  • Compliance Testing for International Markets
  • Shipping Samples to International Markets
  • Marketing Media and Design for International Markets
  • Website Localization
  • Translation

If you have a different activity in mind, please reach out, as the above list is not all-inclusive. 

Applications will be approved and applicants will be notified via email by January 2, 2024.

Spending and activities that occur before your approval date will not be eligible for reimbursement.

When your application is approved, you will be notified by email, indicating the approval terms.

There is no application or administrative fee required to participate. However, ExportND is only available to active NDTO members. 

A condition of participation in the ExportND program will be the applicant’s written commitment (see the Success Agreement) to report related export sales data to NDTO upon initial reimbursement and as requested within one year after the activity. The information reported is confidential but may be reported to interested parties in cumulative summary form.

Absolutely! NDTO loves success stories and would be happy to share your story with the media and other interested parties.

Specific documentation is required for all reimbursement claims to protect against fraud and other improper activities. Foreign language documentation must be translated into English or it will not be processed. All reimbursement requests require the following information: 1. invoice from vendor; 2. proof of payment; and 3. proof of activity. See guidelines for additional details.

Reimbursement requests should be submitted in a timely manner, preferably within 30 days after the activity is completed. No reimbursements will be accepted after 30 days of the activity closing window, and funds will be released. 

Please submit only labeled photocopies of receipts; do not submit originals.

The survey results and expected sales outcomes are a requirement of your participation in the Export ND Program.

Reimbursement will only be based on per diem rates as published by the federal government. Hotel rates lower than the federal per diem will be based on actual expenses. These can be found here

Foreign per diem rates for allowable lodging expenses are managed by The US State Department and located at:

Domestic per diem rates for allowable lodging expenses are located at: