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Welcome to the U.S. Embassy San Salvador Business page!

This section provides information and resources to U.S. companies interested in doing business in El Salvador, and Salvadoran companies interested in sourcing American products or services.

U.S. business assistance in El Salvador is provided by U.S. Commercial Service El Salvador, which also supports U.S. exports to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, with resident commercial support in each country.

Please use the links below and to the left to navigate to the information that best fits your business scenario.


Business Information Database System (BIDS)

The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements.  Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas.  Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.

Direct Line for American Business

The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.”  You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.  For more information and to receive announcements of new calls, visit


BusinessUSA is a White House initiative that serves as an electronic clearing house for U.S. Government information and assistance that relates to business.


SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment.  From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.  OSAC has developed into an enormously successful joint venture, with U.S. companies and organizations receiving the tools they need to cope with security issues in a foreign environment.  OSAC is a free service to U.S.-based or incorporated private sector organizations with overseas operations.  Through the use of its web site, OSAC offers its constituents the latest in safety and security-related information, public announcements, Consular Affairs bulletins, travel advisories, significant anniversary dates, terrorist groups’ profiles, country crime and safety reports, special topic reports, foreign press reports, and much more.  For more information or to join, please visit 

Expand your Export Markets in Latin America:  LOOK SOUTH

LOOK SOUTH is a U.S. government-wide initiative to help more U.S. companies “Look South” to do business with Mexico and the United States’ 10 other Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners in Latin America.  Expanding to additional export markets improves a business’ bottom line. Companies exporting to one market average roughly $375,000 in export sales. For a company exporting to two-to-four export markets, that average nearly triples to $1 million in sales. The website features research on a number of markets and industries, and provides tips about doing business in Latin American markets.

For more on the U.S. Commercial Service in El Salvador, visit


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