Success Story

Pittsburgh E Award

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The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The President’s “E Star Award”, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce on August 4, 1969, affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts.

Award presentation

Our most recent E Award winning company is R.L. Swearer, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based international freight forwarder and customs broker.  Founded in 1915 as a one-person Customs Broker primarily managing barge traffic on Pittsburgh’s three rivers, R.L. Swearer, a Veteran-owned and led company has grown to help clients in markets around the globe.

The company was awarded its the President’s “E ” Award for Export Service in 2024 for its support to U.S. exporters in helping them increase their international sales. They have done this through regular training, education, and counseling to help their customers and local businesses understand and navigate the complexities of the global market. This is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.