Getting Started

U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  Located across the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries, our global network of trade professionals connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing them with market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.

The U.S. Commercial Service in Portugal at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon promotes exports of U.S. goods and/or services into the Portuguese market and inward investment into the United States.  CS Portugal provides a range of services and programs to help American companies export goods and services to Portugal.

National Export Initiative

The Obama Administration has made it a top priority to improve the conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export – working to remove trade barriers abroad, help firms and farmers overcome hurdles to entering new markets, and assist with financing. President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) in his 2010 State of the Union address to renew and revitalize our efforts to promote American exports abroad.  See also the NEI Fact Sheet.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Portugal, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Portugal, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Portugal, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
  • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page.
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise.

Business Visas

If you are U.S. citizen looking for VISA and passport requirements for entering in Portugal, please access the Consular Section at the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, DC.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory webpage for any advisories regarding Portugal and visit the U.S. Citizens Service Page of the Embassy website.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found herehttp://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.