The Maryland/Washington D.C. District Export Council, Inc. is one of more than 50 District Export Councils or “DECs” throughout the United States. DECs are organizations of leaders from local business communities, appointed by successive Secretaries of Commerce since 1973, whose knowledge of international business provides a source of advice for local firms.
The Maryland/Washington D.C. District Export Council, Inc. (“MD/DC DEC”) consists of international business leaders from Maryland and Washington. As such, it works closely with the Baltimore USEAC and with the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
The National DEC Steering Committee provides informal guidance to local DECs and coordinates some activities such as legislative issues.
Each year a National DEC Conference is hosted by one or more of the local DECs for the entire U.S. DEC membership and other interested parties.