The Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) was established in 1975 as a non-profit organization and is currently the largest association of exporting companies in Greece numbering approximately 750 member – companies.

SEVE’s members include manufacturers, distributors and service providers of a broad spectrum of products and services with almost every country in the world.

SEVE’s mission is:

  • to consolidate, protect and promote the professional, economic, social and ethical interests of its members
  • to promote and support Greek products and services in foreign markets,
  • to promote and support the development of international co-operation between Greek enterprises and those of other countries,
  • to conduct market research in foreign countries,
  • to collect and disseminate information and statistical data in order to inform its members,
  • to cooperate with organisations worldwide and
  • to implement European programmes that sustain the economic interests of its members.

In 1989, SEVE established the Institute of Export Research and Studies (ΙΕRS), which performs the following functions:

  • monitor and analyse short-term international trade trends, especially focused on Greece and the EU-27
  • provide reliable and continuously updated information about particular sectors and markets
  • undertake sponsored and commissioned research projects on international trade issues
  • cooperate with research institutions within Greece and abroad
  • organize International Trade Conferences

In 2008, the Association has been awarded the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Certificate and is also a certified by the Hellenic Ministry of Development, as a Beneficiary of Project Management Capacity responsible for initiating and implementing operations.

Moreover, SEVE is accredited by the International Association of Trade Training Organisations –IATTO and plays a crucial role in providing education through specialized seminars on export topics.