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Can Non-U.S. Businesses Register on SAM?

Expanding Opportunities: Non-U.S. Business Registration on SAM


The System for Award Management (SAM) is a critical platform that connects businesses and organizations with the U.S. federal government for procurement opportunities, grants, and other federal assistance programs. One common question that arises is whether non-U.S. businesses can register on SAM. In this blog post, we will explore the eligibility criteria and process for non-U.S. business registration on SAM, along with the benefits and considerations for international entities seeking to engage with the U.S. government.

  1. Eligibility for Non-U.S. Business Registration on SAM

The good news is that non-U.S. businesses are eligible to register on the SAM platform. The U.S. federal government encourages international businesses to participate in government contracting and assistance programs, fostering global competition and promoting innovation.

  1. Process for Non-U.S. Business Registration on SAM

The registration process for non-U.S. businesses on SAM is similar to that of U.S.-based entities. Here are the key steps:

a) Obtain a DUNS Number: Before initiating SAM registration, non-U.S. businesses must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) issues DUNS numbers, which serve as a unique identifier for businesses worldwide.

b) Create a SAM User Account: Non-U.S. businesses can create a user account on the SAM website ( The website will guide them through the registration process, requiring various information about their entity, such as legal name, address, contact details, and other relevant data.

c) Notarized Letter for Non-U.S. Entities: Similar to U.S.-based entities, non-U.S. businesses may also need to submit a notarized letter appointing an Entity Administrator for the SAM account. This letter is a security measure to prevent fraudulent registrations.

d) CAGE Code: Upon successful registration, non-U.S. businesses will be assigned a CAGE code (Commercial and Government Entity code), which serves as a unique identifier for government contractors.

  1. Benefits of Non-U.S. Business Registration on SAM

Registering on SAM offers several benefits for non-U.S. businesses:

a) Access to Lucrative Opportunities: SAM registration opens the doors to a wide array of government contracting and federal assistance opportunities, providing access to a substantial market.

b) Level Playing Field: The U.S. government encourages fair competition, irrespective of the location of the business. Non-U.S. entities have an equal opportunity to compete for contracts and grants with U.S.-based businesses.

c) Global Recognition: SAM registration enhances a non-U.S. business’s credibility and legitimacy in the U.S. marketplace, building trust with potential government customers.

d) International Cooperation: SAM registration fosters collaboration and cooperation between U.S. and non-U.S. entities, encouraging partnerships on government projects.

  1. Considerations for Non-U.S. Businesses

While SAM registration presents excellent opportunities for non-U.S. businesses, there are some considerations to keep in mind:

a) Compliance with U.S. Regulations: Non-U.S. businesses must comply with all relevant U.S. federal regulations, including those related to contracting, taxes, and export control.

b) Cultural and Language Differences: Non-U.S. businesses may encounter cultural and language differences when dealing with U.S. government agencies, necessitating effective communication and understanding.

c) Market Research: Understanding the specific needs and requirements of U.S. government agencies is crucial for non-U.S. businesses to tailor their offerings accordingly.


The System for Award Management (SAM) welcomes non-U.S. businesses to participate in government contracting and federal assistance programs. By following the registration process and meeting U.S. regulatory requirements, international entities can unlock a plethora of opportunities offered by the U.S. federal government. SAM registration not only expands market reach but also promotes cross-border cooperation and innovation, enriching the government contracting landscape and fostering global partnerships. Non-U.S. businesses willing to explore the U.S. government marketplace should embrace SAM registration as a gateway to new horizons and potential collaborations.

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