Archive for the ‘Trade Missions’ Category

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Exploring 4,600 Miles of Opportunities

February 29, 2012

Marsha McDaniel is a Commercial Officer in the Mumbai, India office of the Commercial Service.

Led by the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco Sánchez, the first-ever Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission to India introduced twelve U.S. companies to the entire maritime territory of India, spanning from Kolkata in the east, to Chennai in the south, and ending in Ahmedabad and Mumbai in the west.

Under Secretary Sanchez and Commercial Service staff with the Trade Mission delegates

Under Secretary Sanchez and Commercial Service staff with the Trade Mission delegates

India, with its vast coastline of 4,600 miles, offers abundant opportunities for U.S. ports and maritime technology companies.  During their visit the trade mission delegates traveled nearly 2,000 miles within India and they participated in more than 200 customized business meetings.

The participating organizations included two premier U.S. seaports – the Port of Baltimore and the Port of San Diego – as well as ten leading U.S. companies that provide port technologies including dredging, port security, and logistics.

Starting in Kolkata on February 17th seven participating companies visited the eastern region of India to explore commercial opportunities at the Haldia Port.  This was the first major U.S. trade mission to visit Kolkata since 2008, and the delegates were warmly received by the local business community and the Commercial Service Kolkata team.

The official trade mission kicked-off in Chennai on Monday February 20, where Under Secretary Sánchez, Commercial Service India’s Minister Counselor Judy Reinke and the Commercial Service Chennai team welcomed the full delegation of twelve companies.  Also participating in the mission were representatives from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

While in Chennai the Under Secretary and the delegates met with India’s Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan, and participated in matchmaking sessions organized by local business chambers.

The second stop for mission participants was Ahmedabad, selected for its location in the state of Gujarat, which has emerged as a major maritime hub for India.  In Gujarat one of the trade mission delegates – the Port of Baltimore – signed a sister-port MOU with the Ahmedabad-based Adani Group .

The Commercial Service Ahmedabad team orchestrated a series of meetings for the delegates with various Gujarati ports while the Under Secretary participated in government meetings with state officials.  Under Secretary Sánchez ended his trip to Ahmedabad with a visit to the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University where he engaged in a lively discussion with nearly 200 students.

Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, was the final stop of the mission.  On February 23rd the delegates participated in a busy day of customized business meetings with potential Indian partners.  While in Mumbai Under Secretary Sánchez participated in a SelectUSA event with leading Indian IT companies and he later inaugurated the new Commercial Service Trade Center at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai.

Trade Mission delegates visit Mumbai’s JNTP Port

Trade Mission delegates visit Mumbai’s JNTP Port

The mission participants received a special access comprehensive tour of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNTP), thanks to the efforts of the Commercial Service teams in New Delhi and Mumbai. During the tour, delegates had an intimate meeting with the JNTP Port Chairman during which they discussed specific commercial opportunities related to dredging and port security.

The delegates completed the mission feeling optimistic about the commercial opportunities in this sector.  The companies realize that doing business in India is a long-term proposition and this will be the first of hopefully many visits to India that the companies will make.  The Commercial Service team in India is standing by to assist U.S. firms create lasting partnerships that will help bring American port and maritime technology solutions to India.

This mission was the first of several infrastructure-related events that will take place in India this year.  The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson, will lead an infrastructure trade mission to New Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai during March 25-30.

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International Trade Calendar – December 2011

November 1, 2011

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International Trade Calendar

December 2011

Here is a list of selected international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events and upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at http://www.export.gov. A fee may be charged for participation in some of these events. For more information, see the full event listing on the Web or contact the staff person listed in the event description.

December 1–2
India Cold Chain Expo
Mumbai, India

This show offers U.S. companies an excellent opportunity to show their refrigeration products and services to a growing market. A networking reception for U.S. Pavilion exhibitors is planned. More than 1,500 trade professionals and 60 domestic and international cold chain equipment suppliers are expected. There will also be a concurrent two-day conference on the uses of cold chain technology in the horticulture/ processed food and pharmaceutical industries. For more information, contact Renie Subin of the USFCS, tel.: +91 (11) 2347-2155; e-mail: renie.subin@trade.gov.

December 4–7
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is organizing this trade mission.  Participating U.S. companies will have the opportunity to meet with potential local partners at business meetings, to receive a briefing about how to do business in the Dominican Republic, and to participate in networking activities. For more information contact Sheila Andujar of the USCFS, tel.: (809) 227-2121; ext. 222; e-mail: sheila.andujar@trade.gov.

 

December 5–7
Aerospace Innovation Forum
Montreal, Canada

The USFCS in Canada is organizing a U.S. delegation to this event. In addition to seminars and workshops, participants will receive a briefing from the Commercial Service on opportunities in the Canadian aerospace market and can sign up for pre-scheduled business meetings with potential buyers in Canada. For more information, contact Gina Bento of the USCFS, tel.: (514) 908-3660; e-mail: gina.bento@trade.gov.

 

December 7–8
Complying with U.S. Export Controls
Salt Lake City, Utah

This two-day program, organized by the USFCS and the Utah District Export Council, will feature specialists from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, who will provide an in-depth examination of the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. There is a registration fee of $350. For more information, contact David Fiscus of the USFCS, tel.: (801) 255-1873; e-mail: david.fiscus@trade.gov.

December 8–10
Homeland Security India 2011
New Delhi, India

This show is one of the largest international exhibitions in India for commercial and homeland security and fire technologies. It will bring together professionals from a wide variety of industries, including financial services, retail, realty, and hospitality. In 2009, the show attracted more than 220 exhibitors and 11,000 trade visitors from 20 countries. For more information, contact Graylin Presbury of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-5158; e-mail: graylin.presbury@trade.gov.

December 13–15
POWER-GEN International 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

This show is one of the industry’s leading events for electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, architectural and engineering firms, waste-to-energy plant operators, financial and legal firms, cogenerators, self-generators, and other suppliers in the power generation sector. For more information, contact Shelby Peterson of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-5531; e-mail: shelby.peterson@trade.gov.

December 14–15
AES Compliance Seminar
San Juan, Puerto Rico

How well do you know the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and the Automated Export System? Are you up to date on recent clarifications? This education seminar and workshop will provide the information to assist companies with these important elements of the exporting process. For more information, contact Jose Burgos of the USFCS, tel.: (787) 775-1992; e-mail: jose.burgos@trade.gov.

 

December 14–16
Hospital Infrastructure
Mumbai, India

This show is India’s premier international exhibition and conference on hospital infrastructure, supplies, planning, and healthcare development. It will include exhibits of building materials, flooring, roofing, glazing, medical system, radiology, diagnostics, hospital supplies, and furniture. For more information, contact Kim-Bang Nguyen of the Import Administration, tel.: (202) 482-4805; e-mail: kim-bang.nguyen@mail.doc.

 

On the Horizon

January 10–13
2012 International CES
Las Vegas, Nevada

This event is the world’s largest trade show for broad-based consumer electronics technology. More than 2,000 exhibitors are expected to attend this year, showcasing 20,000 products spanning 30 different categories. The show will feature an on-site international commerce center, which offers private meeting rooms, Internet stations, a lounge area, and registration assistance. In addition, representatives from the Department of Commerce will be available to assist U.S. companies with any export-related questions and to help match U.S. sellers with international buyers. For more information, contact Vidya Desai of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2311; e-mail: vidya.desai@mail.doc.gov.

January 11–14
International Jewelry Fair Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese jewelry market, with estimated retail sales in 2010 of $10.4 billion, is the third largest in the world after the United States and China. This show will offer U.S. companies the opportunity to test market their products and reach a wide variety of buyers from Japan and all parts of Asia. In 2011 the show attracted 35,902 visitors and 1,267 exhibiting companies from 36 countries. For more information, contact Anastasia Xenias of the USFCS, tel.: (212) 809-2685; e-mail: anastasia.xenias@trade.gov.

January 23–26
Arab Health
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This is the largest healthcare show in the Middle East, offering participating companies the opportunity to showcase their products in one of the fastest growing and the most lucrative healthcare markets in the world. In 2011, the show hosted more than 2,200 companies and attracted almost 40,000 visitors. More than 140 U.S. companies attended, receiving quality inquires and conducting excellent business. For more information, contact Lisa Huot of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482- 2796; e-mail: lisa.huot@trade.gov.

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The Santo Domingo Consensus

November 1, 2011

John Ward is a writer in the Office of Public Affairs.

Attendees at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), which was held during the Americas Competitiveness Forum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Delegates approved the Santo Domingo Consensus, a set of 10 policy objectives designed to promote a more competitive and prosperous region. (photo courtesy RIAC)

Attendees at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), which was held during the Americas Competitiveness Forum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Delegates approved the Santo Domingo Consensus, a set of 10 policy objectives designed to promote a more competitive and prosperous region. (photo courtesy RIAC)

On October 5, 2011, the competitiveness and innovation authorities of more than 30 Western Hemisphere countries gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to attend the 2011 annual meeting of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC). There, they approved the Santo Domingo Consensus, which sets forth 10 objectives that are designed to promote progress toward a more competitive and prosperous region. Here are portions of the text that describe each of the 10 objectives:

  • Education: “Promote high-quality, pertinent and timely education as a key element to enhance the competitiveness, good values, and attitudes, and the development of our countries.”
  • Public-private engagement: “Foster the establishment of effective institutions responsible for promoting competitiveness with direct private-sector involvement and other relevant actors, including existing entities, and Public-Private Partnerships to address short and long-term competitiveness issues.”
  • Transparency and rule of law: “Promote a simpler, more stable, and efficient institutional and regulatory framework for business and investment, by increasing transparency in government, the rule of law, promoting competition in our markets, and ethical conduct in the interactions between the public and private sector[s]Human Capital:.”
  • Human capital: “Prioritize the development of human capital and promote continuous on-the-job training and the acquisition of new competencies to develop world-class skills for the human capital and productivity of our countries.”
  • Infrastructure: “Foster the development of a modern, efficient, well-maintained infrastructure—between and within countries—and foster the rapid adoption of new technologies by economies, including information technology and communications.”
  • Innovation: “Position innovation and high-impact entrepreneurship as a determining factor for competitiveness, through greater public and private investment in research and development, the interaction with academia, and the adoption of innovation-enabling policies and strategies, including the protections of the rights of intellectual property holders in the framework of our development policies.”
  • Access to capital: “Improve access to capital for economic actors, especially MSMEs [micro, small and medium-sized enterprises] and entrepreneurs, and promote public-private mechanisms to increase financial inclusion.”
  • Corporate social responsibility: “Foster equity, inclusion, social entrepreneurship, the adoption and application of corporate social responsibility principles, sustainability, shared value, and gender equity as fundamental elements to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of our region.”
  • Trade liberalization: “Promote trade and integration, trade liberalization, to diversify our economies with high value-added and quality products and services, fostering the internationalization and participation in global value chains, and, improve the competitiveness and productivity of industry, giving special priority to our MSMEs.”
  • Energy efficiency: “Promote energy efficiency and development in the context of our efforts to foster environmental, social and economic sustainability, including the vision to become low carbon economies.”

To see the full text of the Santo Domingo Consensus, go to www.competitivenessforum.org.

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Featured Trade Event: U.S. Automotive Parts and Components Trade Mission to Russia

November 1, 2011

April 22–28, 2012
U.S. Automotive Parts and Components Trade Mission to Russia
Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Samara, Russia

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow. (© Jupiterimages/Getty)

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow. (© Jupiterimages/Getty)

This mission is designed to provide an opportunity for a diverse cross-section of U.S. companies that sell automotive goods and services to explore Russia’s rapidly expanding car and truck assembly market. It will be led by Michelle O’Neill, deputy under secretary of commerce for international trade.

With more than140 million consumers and a growing middle class, Russia remains one of the most promising markets for U.S. exporters. Sales of cars and trucks in Russia are currently growing at an annual rate of 30 percent. In 2010, Russian customers purchased 1.9 million cars. This figure includes 646,000 new Russian cars and 1.25 million foreign cars, both imported and produced in Russia. Importers forecast continued rapid growth of approximately 20 percent in 2011. If these trends continue, most experts project Russia will be the largest automotive market in Europe within the next few years.

Foreign automakers have taken notice of the Russian automotive market’s potential for growth and are building assembly plants to meet the increasing demand for high-quality automobiles. General Motors, for example, has a $335 million plant in Togliatti, a joint venture with Russian auto giant AvtoVaz. Other major international producers, including Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai, have made significant investments in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad oblast, turning it into a new automotive assembly cluster.

Specific automotive sectors targeted for attention by this trade mission include components for vehicle manufacture, replacement parts, aftermarket products, repair equipment, testing equipment, and software and engineering services.

The mission will begin in Moscow and will include site visits and consultations in St. Petersburg and in two centers of the Russian auto industry, Samara and Togliatti. In addition to market briefings by industry experts, the mission program will include opportunities to meet key Russian government officials and decision-makers, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners, and site visits to automotive assembly plants and component manufacturers.

The cost to participate in the trade mission ranges from $4,952 to $5,701 per company for one representative, depending on firm size. There is a $1,220 fee for each additional company participant. The fee covers all in-country travel and one-on-one meetings, but mission participants will be responsible for travel to and from Russia, lodging, most meals, and incidentals. Applications must be received by January 6, 2012. For more information about the trade mission, visit its Web site or contact Eduard Roytberg of the USFCS, tel.: (909) 466-4138; e-mail: eduard.roytberg@trade.gov, or Kenneth C. Duckworth of the USFCS, tel.: +7 (812) 326-2560; e-mail: kenneth.duckworth@trade.gov.

A related webinar, “The Russian Automotive Sector—New Opportunities for U.S. Suppliers,” will be held November 17. For more information, go to http://export.gov/industry/auto/russia039444.asp.

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International Trade Calendar – November 2011

October 4, 2011

International Trade Calendar

November 2011

Here is a list of selected international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events and upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at http://www.export.gov. A fee may be charged for participation in some of these events. For more information, see the full event listing on the Web or contact the staff person listed in the event description.

November 2–6
Expo Vyva 2011
Santiago, Chile

Now in its third year, this event is one of the premier shows for the travel and tourism industry in Chile. In 2010, it brought together more that 2,700 trade visitors and 20,000 members of the public. For more information, contact Claudia Melkonian of the USFCS, tel.: + 56 (2) 330-3312; e-mail: claudia.melkonian@trade.gov.

 

November 2–9
American Film Market 2011
Santa Monica, California

This annual trade show for independent motion picture production and distribution companies regularly attracts industry leaders from more than 70 countries. Attendees include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, financiers, and producers. For more information, contact Micaela Brown of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0578; e-mail: micaela.brown@trade.gov.

 

November 7
Webinar: Small Business Administration Financing Information and Useful Export Resources
Middletown, Connecticut

This one-hour Webinar will focus on export loan guarantee programs and export assistance resources available to small and medium-sized companies from the Small Business Administration. There is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Anne Evans of the USFCS, tel.: (860) 638-6953; e-mail: anne.evans@trade.gov.

 

November 8–11
Product Literature Center at Aqua Ukraine 2011
Kiev, Ukraine

U.S. companies in the water supply and wastewater treatment sectors will have the opportunity to promote their products and services by sending their catalogs for exhibit at the U.S. Product Literature Center at this show. The cost to participate is $300 per company. For more information, contact Olena Stephanska of the USFCS, tel.: +380 (44) 490-4054; e-mail: olena.stephanska@trade.gov.

 

November 9–11
Cosmoprof Asia 2011
Hong Kong, China

This event is one of the most comprehensive international cosmetics trade shows in Asia, showcasing a wide range of products and services. Show organizers expect more than 1,200 exhibitors and 15 national pavilions, including a United States pavilion. For more information, contact Edward Kimmel of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3640; e-mail: edward.kimmel@trade.gov.

 

November 13–17
West Bank ICT Catalog Show 2011
Ramallah, West Bank

The USFCS is organizing a catalog show at Expotech for U.S. companies active in the information and communications technology sector. More than 50 exhibitors and 20,000 trade visitors are expected to attend. For more information, contact Assad Barsoum of the USFCS, tel.: +972 (2) 625-4742; e-mail: assad.barsoum@trade.gov.

 

November 16–19
MEDICA 2011
Düsseldorf, Germany

This show is one of the world’s largest international fairs for medical equipment. It is expected to draw 137,000 trade visitors from 85 countries to see vendors of medical equipment and services, laboratory technology, clinical chemistry and diagnostic equipment, and related product lines and services. There will be three U.S. pavilions at the show. For more information, contact Anette Salama of the USFCS, tel.: + 49 (211) 737-767-60; e-mail: anette.salama@trade.gov.

 

November 18–20
Philoxenia 2011
Thessaloniki, Greece

This show is Greece’s premier annual international travel and tourism exhibition. In 2010, more than 20,000 visitors and 8,500 tourism professionals from Greece and 42 other countries attended the show. The USFCS is organizing a Literature Promotion Program, which customizes and expands on the traditional catalog show. The cost to participate is $300 per company. For more information, contact Irene Ralli of the USFCS, tel.: +30 (210) 720-2302, 2303; e-mail: irene ralli@trade.gov.

 

November 30–December 2
International Workboat Show 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

This event is one of the largest commercial marine trade shows in North America, serving businesses working on coastal, inland, and offshore waters. It will showcase leading commercial marine manufacturers, boat builders, distributors, and service providers, as well as the latest technologies for offshore supply vessels, tugs, barges, boat building, marine construction, and more. For more information, contact Brie Knox of the USFCS, tel.: (504) 589-6703; e-mail: brie.knox@trade.gov.

 

 

On the Horizon

December 4–7
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is organizing this trade mission.  Participating U.S. companies will have the opportunity to meet with potential local partners at business meetings, to receive a briefing about how to do business in the Dominican Republic, and to participate in networking activities. For more information contact Sheila Andujar of the USCFS, tel.: (809) 227-2121, ext. 222; e-mail: sheila.andujar@trade.gov.

 

December 5–9
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Executive Business Development Mission
Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, Turkey

Francisco Sánchez, under secretary of commerce for international trade, will lead this mission. Participants will benefit from meetings with potential partners, a networking reception at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, and one-on-one meetings with government decisionmakers. Registration closes on October 17, 2011. For more information, contact Glen Roberts of the USFCS, tel.: (559) 348-9859; e-mail: glen.roberts@trade.gov, or Serdar Cetinkaya of the USFCS, tel.: +90 (312) 457-7203; e-mail: serdar.cetinkaya@trade.gov.

 

December 7–8
Complying with U.S. Export Controls
Salt Lake City, Utah

This two-day program, organized by the USFCS and the Utah District Export Council, will feature specialists from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, who will provide an in-depth examination of the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. The program is well suited for any company or research institution that needs a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. There is a registration fee of $350. For more information, contact David Fiscus of the USFCS, tel.: (801) 255-1873; e-mail: david.fiscus@trade.gov.

 

December 13–15
POWER-GEN International 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

This show is one of the industry’s leading events for electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, architectural and engineering firms, waste-to-energy plant operators, financial and legal firms, cogenerators, self-generators, and other suppliers in the power generation sector. Nuclear Power International will be held in conjunction with this show. More than 19,000 trade visitors are expected to attend. For more information, contact Shelby Peterson of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-5531; e-mail: shelby.peterson@trade.gov.

 

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The First U.S. Certified Trade Misison to Lithuania Furthers U.S. Enthusiasm for this Small, but Important Market

September 29, 2011

Juan Verde is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe in International Trade Administration’s Market Access and Compliance Unit.  In this capacity, he leads the Department of Commerce’s efforts to help solve trade policy and market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to grow their business operations in Europe and Eurasia.

I have just returned from a two-day visit to Lithuania, where I met with the Prime Minister and other  senior government leaders. I  had the pleasure to meet with the members of the first Department of Commerce Certified Trade Mission to that country, led by Illinois Congressman John Shimkus.

Lithuania is a small nation, and many American companies are probably not familiar with it.  It is located on the Baltic Sea, bordered by Poland, Belarus and Latvia.  It is a member of the European Union and NATO.  It is providing a valuable contribution to our efforts in Afghanistan.

From left to right.  U.S. Ambassador Anne Derse,  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe Juan Verde, Representative John Shimkus, Lithuanian Minister of Economy Rimantas Zylius.

From left to right. U.S. Ambassador Anne Derse, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe Juan Verde, Representative John Shimkus, Lithuanian Minister of Economy Rimantas Zylius.

Despite its being a small nation, it is attractive to U.S. companies for a number of reasons.  It is a gateway to markets in the east, and into the wider European Union.  The government of Lithuania, from the Prime Minister on down, is committed to making the country an attractive place to do business.  Government leaders meet regularly with the foreign business community to find ways to address its concerns.  Lithuanian industry is a leader in many interesting areas, including laser technology.  Its workforce is well-educated.  The nation’s transportation sector is modern, along with its legal system.

Lithuania’s leadership has enabled it to emerge from economic crisis to becoming one of the fastest growing in the European Union.  Our trade with Lithuania is also growing rapidly, reflecting the economic recovery.  As they consider expanding their markets, I encourage American companies to look at Lithuania.   A steadfast ally, and a friend, Lithuania has much to offer.

 

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International Trade Calendar – October 2011

September 9, 2011

International Trade Calendar

October 2011

Here is a list of selected international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events and upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at http://www.export.gov. A fee may be charged for participation in some of these events. For more information, see the full event listing on the Web or contact the staff person listed in the event description.

October 4–7
U.S. Product Literature Center at Transport+Logistics 2011
Kiev, Ukraine

This show encompasses the entire range of transportation subsectors, including aviation, rail, marine, and multimodal transport systems. It will run simultaneously with three related shows: Intersklad (warehousing), TIR Commercial Vehicle Show, and Ukraine Travel Salon. For more information contact Oleksandr Zavhorodniy, of the USFCS, tel.: +380 (44) 490-4061; e-mail: oleksandr.zavhorodniy@trade.gov.

October 5
Webinar: 2012 Changes to the Harmonized Tariff System
White Plains, New York

This 90-minute Webinar will look at the new rules for tariff classification that will go into effect January 2012. Guest speaker Tom Valentine of Mainfreight, a global transport and logistics company, will discuss the scope of the changes, their effects on the supply chain, and their impact on filings with the Census Bureau’s Automatic Export System. For more information, contact Patricia Molinaro of the USFCS, tel.: (914) 682-6712; e-mail: patricia.molinaro@trade.gov.

October 6–8
TTG Incontri 2011
Milan, Italy

This show is the gateway to the Italian travel and tourism industry. In 2010, it brought together 2,400 companies from 100 countries and welcomed more than 6,000 international operators. For more information, contact Helen Simpson-Davis of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-1882; e-mail: helen.simpson-davis@trade.gov.

October 10–15
India Education Mission
New Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai, India

This Department of Commerce trade mission is open to representatives of U.S. graduate programs, four-year undergraduate programs, and state study consortia whose members are accredited by one of the seven regional accrediting bodies. It will include one-on-one appointments with potential partners, embassy briefings, student fairs, and networking events. For more information, contact Matt Baker of the USFCS, tel.: (520) 670-5809; e-mail: matt.baker@trade.gov.

October 12–16
Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt, Germany

This show is one of the world’s most important venues for publishers, booksellers, agents, librarians, translators, authors, and suppliers dealing with publishing rights, licenses, and international property rights. It is expected to attract more than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries and 299,000 trade visitors. For more information, contact Volker Wirsdorf of the USFCS, tel.: +49 (69) 7535-3150; e-mail: volker.wirsdorf@trade.gov.

October 13
Free Trade Agreements Workshop
Dubuque, Iowa

This all-day seminar will allow participants to learn the fundamentals of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other U.S. free trade agreements. Among other topics, it will cover product classification, identification of applicable NAFTA rules, and completion of a NAFTA Certificate of Origin. For more information, contact Patricia Cook of the USFCS, tel.: (515) 284-4591; e-mail: patricia.cook@trade.gov.

October 21–23
International Tourism and Travel Show
Montreal, Canada

Officials from U.S. travel destinations will have an excellent opportunity at this show to increase their location’s exposure, to create numerous contacts, and to learn about the newest travel and tourism trends. More than 35,000 visitors are expected to attend. The USFCS will be organizing a U.S. pavilion. For more information, contact Sue Bissi of the USFCS, tel.: (514) 398-9696; e-mail: sue.bissi@trade.gov.

October 22–27
High Point Market—Fall 2011
High Point, North Carolina

This twice-yearly show is one of the largest trade shows serving the home furnishings marketplace. It will feature 12 million square feet of showroom space and is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors. For more information, contact Philippa Olsen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-5449; e-mail: philippa.olsen@trade.gov.

October 27
AESPcLink Workshop
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Officials from the Census Bureau will lead this half-day workshop on how to electronically file a shipper’s export declaration using AESDirect, a Web-based application. Participants will receive individual attention in a computer lab setting and will be shown how to use AES PcLink, a software component of AESDirect. The participation fee is $60. For more information, contact Patrick Spence of the USFCS, tel.: (404) 897-6092; e-mail: patrick.spence@trade.gov.

On the Horizon

November 2–9
American Film Market 2011
Santa Monica, California

This annual trade show for independent motion picture production and distribution companies regularly attracts industry leaders from more than 70 countries. Attendees include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, financiers, and producers. At past shows, more than $800 million in deals have been signed. With 8,000 attendees, 900 screenings, and seminars by leading industry organizations, this show is a must for the sector. For more information, contact Micaela Brown of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0578; e-mail: micaela.brown@trade.gov.

November 7
Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting—Small Business Administration Financing Information and Useful Export Resources
Middletown, Connecticut

Financing export sales is a critical step in ensuring that international sales are successfully completed. This one-hour Webinar will focus on export loan guarantee programs and export assistance resources available to small and medium-sized companies from the Small Business Administration. There is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Anne Evans of the USFCS, tel.: (860) 638-6953; e-mail: anne.evans@trade.gov.

November 9–11
Cosmoprof Asia 2011
Hong Kong, China

This event is one of the most comprehensive international cosmetics trade shows in Asia, showcasing a wide range of products and services. Show organizers expect more than 1,200 exhibitors and 15 national pavilions, including one from the United States with about 55 U.S. companies. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend. For more information, contact Edward Kimmel of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3640; e-mail: edward.kimmel@trade.gov.

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