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Why Individuals and Organizations Should Join a FITA Member Association [and How to Join]

How to Join a FITA Member Association:

Go to FITA's searchable Directory of Member Trade Associations (click here) and identify association(s) of interest. Contact the associations by phone or fax. Note: many are linked to their web site and can be contacted that way. Annual dues are generally modest.

Individuals and/or organizations in North America active or interested in international trade will benefit by joining a FITA member association.

Major benefits of membership include:

Professional Development

  • Regular programs, generally on a monthly basis, feature knowledgeable speakers addressing timely and critical topics of international trade. Additionally, special programs provide in-depth educational knowledge and training in important aspects of international trade, such as Basics of Export; How to Do Business in a Foreign Country.

Networking Opportunities

  • Regular and special programs afford an opportunity for members to meet one another, exchange experiences, and make important contacts. The membership represents a dynamic group of articulate men and women with a wide and deep knowledge of international trade who take pleasure in exchanging ideas and experiences.
  • Membership directories, listing members alphabetically and by area of expertise/interest, provide further opportunities for networking.
  • Annual trade expos afford opportunities for member companies to showcase their products and/or services, and for attendees to broaden their knowledge of available goods and services.


  • Newsletters keep the membership informed of association activities, introduce new international resources, and provide timely information on a wide range of topics of local, regional, national, and international interest.

Member Premiums

  • Members of an association affiliated with FITA are eligible for the many member benefits offered by FITA (which are described in, as well as opportunities provided by member associations for their members to obtain reduced rates on a wide variety of international trade services and publications.

Industry Voice

  • As part of a group of knowledgeable international trade professionals, members can exert influence on regulations affecting their industry.

Joining a FITA member association is highly recommended. Listed below are general membership criteria for most FITA member associations and suggestions for locating an association:

Membership Criteria (in United States, Mexico, and Canada)

  • Membership is generally open to the broad cross-section of the international trading community including:
    • Individuals and organizations active (or interested) in doing international trade
    • Individuals and organizations providing goods and services to organizations doing international trade
    • Individuals and organizations that promote international trade
    • Individuals interested in a career in international trade
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