In essence, the International Trade Council does not generate profits (and has never done so). We are a collective of organizations unified by the shared objective of promoting international trade. Our membership is comprised of government trade and investment agencies, followed by chambers of commerce and industry associations, and finally, a series of sector-specific business council members.
Local chapters are led by volunteer chairpersons, who are either elected or voted in by local members when membership numbers warrant it. Fees collected by local chapters are primarily used to support their individual efforts.
The head office is predominantly staffed by retired trade and investment experts and advised by senior council members from our top-tier membership group. They offer advisory services to the Council free of charge. Our small team of dedicated full time (paid) employees consist of trade commissioners, researchers and IT staff. These employees are physically located in Asia and Europe.
The Council does not receive money for lobbying. Nor do we solicit, or accept, donations of any kind.
Distinct from conventional chambers of commerce, we do not engage in lobbying, which typically generates significant revenue through lobbying activities and corporate sponsorships. Instead, we focus on understanding and clarifying trade and investment rules in each country, maintaining open communication with foreign governments, and sharing information in a problem-solving manner. We believe that education is the key to successful international trade, rather than conflict. You can view our non-lobbying policy here.
We do not take commissions on transactions, nor do we charge 'introduction' fees for business. We are, quite simply, a collective, peak-body, chamber of commerce whose sole goal is to work for the good of the members.
While individuals can join the Council free of charge, we limit the number of such members to ensure optimal support and mutually beneficial relationships. This approach also helps us minimize our overhead costs.