Thursday, October 16, 2008

U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (yes, the same folks that calculate AD and CVD margins) is using its U.S. Commercial Service to promote U.S. companies with business opportunities around the world. 
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Event: How To Develop an Export Management and Compliance Program
Venue: Seattle, WA
Date: December 2-3, 2008

Designed to help companies create or enhance their export compliance programs, the seminar will focus on industry best practices of effective export management and compliance programs. The objective is to help companies efficiently manage their export compliance requirements by implementing strategies and safeguards that can minimize the risk of an export violation. Officials from the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Census Bureau and the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls will conduct the seminar.

Event: PACK EXPO International 2008/U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program (IBP)

Venue: Chicago, IL
Dates: November 9-13, 2008
PACK EXPO International 2008 will focus on the latest developments in packaging technology and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advance in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers and components. PACK EXPO 2008 will feature over 1700 companies and will host over 30,000 decision-makers from over 125 countries. PROCESS EXPO will be co-located with PACK EXPO and will feature over 550 exhibiting companies. PROCESS EXPO will focus on the newest developments in processing technology to meet the challenges faced by the industry's food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers. If you are exhibiting at the shows, please visit the International Business Center to take advantage of the services provided to exhibitors by the IBP, including export counseling, matchmaking services, and access to industry and country specific market analysis.
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Event: Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar
Venue:
Cleveland, OH
Date: November 4, 2008
On September 30, 2008, the Census Bureau’s new Foreign Trade Regulations requiring mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) went into effect. This seminar will help you understand the export regulations, your responsibilities under the laws, the filing of required export information through AES, and Schedule B classification requirements. 
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Event: European Union REACH Webinar
Venue: Your computer
Date: November 6, 2008
Time: 11:00 am ET
REACH is a major reform of EU chemicals policy, affecting all global supply chains that produce and use chemicals, including sectors like electronic and electrical equipment, automotive, aerospace, cosmetics, textiles, and paints. December 1, 2008 is the deadline for REACH pre-registration. Failure to pre-register means that these chemicals will be banned for export to Europe. This event will address important questions surrounding REACH, including deadlines and timelines, pre-registration, the Candidate List, new developments in REACH, and appointing Only Representatives.
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Webinar: Mexico – Passport to Opportunity: Strategies for U.S. Companies New to Export
Venue: Your computer
Date: November 12, 2008
Time: 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

The U.S. Commercial Service is collaborating with Comerica Bank and FedEx to bring you an informational webinar on exporting to Mexico. You will learn how to find buyers, get paid, and ship your goods. For new-to-export companies, learn to mitigate risks and challenges in structuring your financial interactions in Mexico. Topics will include an overview of the Mexican market and business opportunities; an introduction to export finance and insurance payments; and transportation and logistics according to NAFTA regulations.

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Thinking About Expanding Your International Sales? Think Thailand Thailand is the United States' 24th largest trading partner. Two-way trade in 2007 was approximately $31 billion. From 2006-2007, U.S. exports to Thailand grew by 4 percent. Thailand’s economic growth has created opportunities for U.S. compan! ies in a number of infrastructure sectors, including electrical power, telecommunications and renewable energy. Thai consumers are creating opportunities for new sales of U.S. medical products, cosmetics, security equipment, food supplements and educational services. Thailand also continues to look for U.S. suppliers of automotive accessories, defense equipment, broadcast equipment, food processing and packaging equipment, and laboratory and scientific instruments. Learn more about this market: http://www.export.gov/articles/marketofmonth/mom_thai.asp
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New Edition of A Basic Guide to Exporting Coming Soon
Looking for a comprehensive overview of how to export? For more than 70 years, A Basic Guide to Exporting has been the resource that businesses have turned to for answers to their questions about how to establish and grow overseas markets for their products and services. Whether your firm is new to exporting or in need of a refresher on the latest ideas and techniques, this comprehensive guide, now completely revised and updated, provides the nuts-and-bolts information you will need to meet the challenges of the world economy. Due out in late October, advance orders are being accepted at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/actions/GetPublication.do?stocknumber=003-009-00733-0.
 
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Click here to find the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist near you. These specialists are often good speakers for law student groups too.
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