Posts Tagged ‘Export-Import Bank’

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How to Get Paid for Your Aerospace Exports

June 17, 2014

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Fred Elliot is a Trade Specialist with the Aerospace Team at the International Trade Administration.

Photo of an airplane engine.Have you ever wondered if you should extend credit to your overseas customers in the same way you do your national customers? Or whether your banking relationships are solid enough to allow this type of credit?

Now’s the time to start getting some answers. Register now for the July 24th Trade Finance Webinar for U.S. Aerospace Exporters and gain expert insight about topics such as:

  • Dos and don’ts of export finance;
  • Methods of payment from overseas customers;
  • How the Export-Import Bank and the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help finance aerospace exports, and;
  • Ways the U.S. Department of Commerce is helping aerospace manufacturers learn about export opportunities and how to take advantage of them.

Companies in southern Ohio are welcome to participate in-person in Cincinnati, where you can meet one-on-one with finance experts from the Export-Import Bank, SBA, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, and PNC Bank, who can answer any questions you may have.

Both webinar and in-person attendees will leave this event better prepared to succeed in global business.

You can register or find more details online, or contact Howard Thompson of the Ohio Aerospace Institute at (440)-962-3237.

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Houston, We Have a…Conference!

April 25, 2014

Austin Redington is a Communications Specialist with the SelectUSA Program.

The U.S. energy sector is a hot topic, from renewable energy to the high-tech recovery of natural gas to the exploration of untapped resources. With so much buzz – and significant investment inflows – this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas from May 5-8, promises to be both timely and exciting.

Naturally, the International Trade Administration (ITA) will be there, and we hope to see you there too!

OTC 2014, which is supported by ITA’s International Buyer Program, is a leading international trade show focusing on opportunities in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.

For attendees, ITA will be onsite offering services to international and U.S. investors, U.S. exporters, and international buyers. Here’s a brief look at what we’ll be up to:

  • For investors & U.S. economic development organizations: SelectUSA, the U.S. investment promotion program, will be hosting a “Build Your Business in the United States” lunch symposium, as an opportunity for attendees to meet federal and regional partners. The event will offer a case study about the U.S. investment climate, resources, and services. Attendees will also learn best practices from companies that have already invested. Register here by April 29th.
  • For exporters and buyers: We’re also offering our B2B Matchmaking service, which connects U.S. suppliers with interested international buyers. We recruit and screen each international buyer through our network of U.S. Embassies and face-to-face meetings to ensure the highest likelihood of connecting the “right” partners. Companies interested in engaging in this service are encouraged to sign up (click here for more).
  • For U.S. exporters: Our Global Markets team will be offering export counseling meetings and country-specific information. U.S. exporters will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our U.S. Embassy oil and gas industry specialists. Team members from 25 embassies will be available: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates. Representatives from the Small Business Administration and Export-Import Bank of the United States will also be on site.

ITA experts will be offering country briefings and procurement seminars. Stop by to learn about deep water exploration in Colombia or about oil and gas opportunities in Ghana.

As you can see, it will be a busy and interesting week full of opportunities to learn, meet, share, and connect. If you’re planning on going, we hope you’ll stop by and see us!

For more information on OTC 2014, go to the OTC 2014 website.

Further details on our OTC presence can be found on the Houston, Texas U.S. Export Assistance Center’s website

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Hard Work and a Desire to do Better Powers this California Company around the World

July 12, 2012

Doug Barry is a Senior International Trade Specialist in the Trade Information Center, U.S. Commercial Service within the International Trade Administration.

Kusum and Mukund Kavia were a young married couple who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh via London. They settled in the U.S. with very little money but had their youth and the immigrant’s determination to succeed—a kind of secret sauce in the creative curry that is Southern California. Currently, their company works in 10 countries and will soon add Iraq to the mix. 90 percent of revenue comes from international sales.

In 2011 at a White House ceremony the company received the Presidential “E”- Award for excellence in exporting.  Combustion Associates is a client of the Export Assistance Center in Ontario, California.  I recently spoke with them about their story.

One of Combustion Associates 80 MW power plants being assembled in Benin, West Africa (Photo Combustion Associates, Inc.)

One of Combustion Associates 80 MW power plants being assembled in Benin, West Africa (Photo Combustion Associates, Inc.)

Barry:  You own Combustion Associates, Inc.  What do you do there?  Combust?

Mukund:  You are very close.  We design and build power generation systems using aero-derivative turbines, the kind which power aircraft. Our company provides modular power plants in the range from 1-megawatt to 10-megawatt.  Now, a 1-megawatt is the size of a 40-foot container and can power 1,000 U.S. homes.  So, when we take it to emerging countries such as Africa or East Europe or Central America, they can power villages.

Barry:  Since these villages aren’t on a national power grid, having reliable electricity helps in a variety of ways.

Mukund:  Absolutely.  Our units are there not only for power but to really help the local economy grow.

Barry:  When did you get started?

Mukund:  We started in 1991 with just a 200 square foot office.  Today, there are 60 employees with a 40,000 square foot facility.

Barry:  What was the biggest challenge the company faced getting started in the international marketplace?

Mukund:  We were not recognized in the industry.  So being a small company, we had to make a name for ourselves out there.

Barry:  How’d you do that?

Kusum:  We partnered with the U.S. Commercial Service (of the Department of Commerce) to spread our name, spread what we did, and that really elevated us to a level that we were able to be in front of the customer at the international level. Since the Commercial Service has representatives in these countries they can help find buyers for us. In some case we invite prospective customers to our facility in California.

Barry:  How did this work in the early days of the business?

Kusum:  It was interesting. We didn’t have a suitable place to meet.  One of the biggest things that I remember Fred Lauterperisa (the director of the Export Assistance Center) doing is opening up his office to us.  When I called him, he said, ‘please use my conference room.’  And that’s what we did.  We actually had our customers meet us at the U.S. Commercial Service in Ontario (California) and utilize their conference room. 

Barry:  What else did Fred do for you?

Kusum:  He also arranged for representatives of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S to attend the meeting and discuss Bank programs that provide loan guarantees to the U.S. companies for extended payment terms and money for more inventory.  Funding is also available for foreign buyers to purchase U.S. products from companies like ours.
 
Barry:  I take it that government export promotion programs have been something of a gold mine for you. 

Kusum:  The government both at the local, state and federal levels really go out of their way to help businesses blossom and grow.  And we have found that everywhere that we have gone and told people about our story, they have opened up and they have said ‘how can we help you?’

Barry:  What advice do you have for other U.S. companies that haven’t entered the global market because of fear of failure, lack of knowledge or other reasons?

Kusum:  Don’t limit yourself.  You’re already doing something that you know is your passion.  All you have to do is get out of your comfort zone and don’t limit yourself. You’re going to have different challenges – some new, some old.  But I would encourage everyone that is looking to export to say, ‘Please, why haven’t you thought of doing that?’  As Americans, I believe that all of us want to reinvent ourselves. We want to be the best we can be so that we are able to export U.S. products overseas that are quality, cost-effective and really a win-win for the countries that we’re doing business with.  At the same time, we want to go out there again and do so much more for this great country of ours, which really is a welcoming opportunity for anybody that wants to work hard and do better.

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