International Trade

The Charleston Metro Chamber knows that a healthy regional economy is one that includes international trade – the exchange of goods and services between countries. Our region’s deep port, thriving industries and expanding entrepreneurial footprint provide a strong platform from which to increase relations and trade with countries around the world. As we increase our region’s export intensity, we become more competitive and we increase job growth. Through numerous activities and alliances, the Chamber and World Trade Center Charleston are contributing to our thriving economy.

World Trade Center Charleston

A member of the World Trade Center Association (WTCA), we are part of an extensive network of world trade centers throughout the globe, and are able to connect businesses in the Charleston region to over 750,000 potential customers who are members of more than 330 world trade centers in 92 countries. World Trade Center Charleston (WTCC) is the premiere initiative in the region dedicated to supporting the growth of importing and exporting products and services.

Our mission:

To serve as a single, powerful source of international business support for the region. To help you rise to the exciting opportunities that globalization offers by providing international trade assistance and key global relationships to help you capture your share of these promising markets.

Simply stated, we are committed to helping our members – and the region as a whole – thrive in global commerce.

To complement our core services and programs, we work in partnership with the region’s leading trade-related organizations, all with an eye for providing you with information, programs and resources to guide your global business strategies.

Whether you export or import, whatever your global business need, whatever your market – World Trade Center Charleston is your global business resource.

There’s never been a better time to grow your business through international markets. The once “emerging” markets have now developed, they have industrialized and urbanized. A new middle class has grown outside of the U.S. borders and now accounts for more than 70% of the world’s purchasing power. Smart U.S. businesses are finding these new customers and increasing sales by opening up markets around the world. WTCC provides mechanisms to strategically enter international markets for the first time, or to expand to multiple global markets. These efforts lead to new customers, increased sales and more jobs for the Charleston region.

World economies are expanding and U.S. companies that expand their reach to markets outside of our country increase their competitiveness and success. Companies receive import and export connections, export training and access to personal meetings with international delegations, global trade experts and Ex-Im Bank funding opportunities.



World Trade Center Charleston members share a common vision: to support the growth of international trade in the Charleston Metro region by providing meaningful and valuable programs and services.

Through membership in the World Trade Center Charleston, your company will be joining the ranks of Charleston’s top tier international business leaders where you will have an opportunity to attend educational seminars, access international trade research, connect with new business opportunities and better position your company to grow through the international markets.


  • Connections to fellow members and WTCs worldwide
  • Trade advocacy at federal, state and local levels
  • International skills and networking opportunities
  • Practical business education through workshops and events


  •  Conference / Exhibition Center
  • Seminar / Meeting Rooms
  • Office Building / Tower


  • Trade Information / Market Research
  • Trade Counseling
  • Referrals
  • Education and Knowledge Creation
  • Business Management and Professional Services


International Trade Staff

Pennie Bingham, SVP, Business Development/World Trade Center Charleston, 843.805.3073
Therese Gordon, Business Programs Manager, 843.805.3007

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