ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Expenses eligible for reimbursement include, but are not limited to:

  • Airfare (Fly America┬áprovisions apply)
  • Services through the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Services: International Partner Search, Gold Key, Platinum Key, etc. (Click here for more information)
  • Business-to-business meetings coordinated by qualifying providers
  • Market analysis by qualifying providers
  • Related services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center Utah
  • Interpretation/translation services
  • Website and marketing material translation such as translation into a foreign language, search engine optimization, location services
  • Trade mission participation fee
  • Participation in international trade training workshops/education
  • Qualifying expenses related to exhibiting at international trade shows, include but are not limited to:
    • Printing (signage, brochures, business cards)
    • Demonstration supplies
    • Shipping fees for booth/product display
    • Shipping fees for sample products
  • Ground transportation costs within the hosting locale
  • Qualifying hotel and lodging expenses
  • Meals & Incidental Expenses (M & IE). Meals and incidental expenses to be reimbursed at the Maximum M&IE Rate as set by the U.S Department of State. Travel days are reimbursed at 75% of the allowed rate.

Expense categories ineligible for reimbursement include, but are not limited to:

  • Airline Point Redemption. Do not use airline points to pay for your travel as they are NOT reimbursable. You may use points to upgrade to business or first class. Just ensure that it shows clearly on the receipt
  • Cell phones and cell phone charges
  • Travel expenses for importers/distributors or in-market company representatives
  • Compensation, wages or salaries
  • Meals and beverages (except for travel per diem)
  • Tips of any kind
  • Costs of product research, development or alteration of existing products
  • Expenses incurred outside of the STEP grant period
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Expenses related to entertaining current or prospective clients or government officials
  • Federal regulations set by the U.S. Department of the Treasury prohibit funding of activities in/with sanctioned and/or embargoed countries.