Southern California November Monthly Newsletter

VITA Global Networking Breakfast
Wednesday – November 14, 2012
7:30 A.M. - Networking Breakfast
8:00 A.M. – Program

The World is Open for Business - An Overview of the U.S. Commercial Service

Rafael Patino, U.S. Commercial Service
United States of America Department of Commerce
The Commercial Service, Los Angeles (Downtown) U.S. Export Assistance Center

Topics of Discussion:

  • Federal programs to support U.S. exporters
    • Obtaining trade counseling
    • Selecting the right market
    • Available resources to U.S. companies in foreign markets
    • Overcoming market development challenges
    • Finding the right partner

To be held at: The Valley Economic Alliance
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., BFG Boardroom 2nd Floor
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Make Your Reservation Today!

Individual Tickets - $20 (members) $25 (non-members)
Location: The Valley Economic Alliance Building
BFG Board Room, 2nd Floor, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91403
Please make sure to park on or across the street. Parking is not available in the building garage.

Register through Fax: 818-379-7077 - - or Call: Darcy Winters at 818-379-7000 x 109

Comerica Bank Presents Phishing Season: How to Protect Your Brand, Reputation and Financial Security
November 14, 2012
Luminarias Restaurant
3500 W. Ramona Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Come hear from this distinguished panelist on how to protect your business interests:

  • Anne Hilsabeck, CEO of AMH Customs Consulting
    • Catherine Davis, Vice President of Fraud Services Investigations of Comerica Bank
    • Dr. S. C. Lee, Vice Chairman/Former CEO of Newegg
    • George W. Thompson, Partner of Neville Peterson LLP
    • Jorge Garcia, Deputy Assistant Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    • Leah Evert-Burks, Director of Brand Reputation of Deckers Outdoor Corporation
    • Captain Leon Nixon, Captain of the L.A. Port Police Department

RSVP to Caroline Brown at 562-590-2525 or

Workshops for Export Compliance Professionals in Los Angeles and San Diego
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Workshops and Networking Reception)
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  $195/Person; ($175 for Chamber, DEC and ICPA members, government, faculty/students)

For more information:
Please contact Julie Anne Hennessey at 310-235-7206 and or Delia Valdivia at 310-235-7203 and

Date/Time: Thursday, December 6th, 2012: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Workshops and Networking Reception)
San Diego Del Mar Hilton Hotel, 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California  92014-1901
  $195/Person; ($175 for Chamber, DEC and ICPA members, government, faculty/students)
For more information:
Please contact Julie Osman at 858-467-7037 and

This Timely Engaging & Interactive Program Targets:

  • Evolving regulatory requirements in the context of Export Control Reform  with a focus on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations
  • Dramatic changes as a result of the transfer of items from the US Munitions List to the Commerce Control List
  • Key areas for managing export compliance, exposure, liability and risk
  • The potential and sometimes devastating consequences of non-compliance
  • Best practices, recommended approaches and proven solutions for a variety of real world export compliance challenges and opportunities

[NOTE:  California Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits are pending for this program]

Webinar: Colombia and Panama: Significant Opportunities for Exports of U.S. Products and Services
December 11, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST
Location: Your Computer
Cost: $30

The Foreign Trade Association invites you to join Senior Commercial Officers Cameron Werker, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia and Daniel Crocker, U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama as they discuss via webinar opportunities for U.S. goods and services exports to these dynamic markets.


In the eyes of U.S. exporters, Colombia may suffer more from the perceptions of the past than the realities of the present. The past 10 years have brought extraordinary change and the political stability, growing middle class, and improved security has created an economic boom. Demonstrating the positive long-term effect of Colombia’s political and economic policies, GDP growth of between 5 and 6 percent is expected for 2012. The United States is Colombia’s largest trading partner and Colombia is the 22nd largest market for U.S. exports in 2011. U.S. exports to Colombia in 2011 topped USD 14 billion, an increase of more than 15 percent over 2010.

The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered into force on May 15, 2012. On the day of implementation, over 80 percent of U.S. industrial goods and more than half of U.S. exports of agricultural commodities became duty-free.


The U.S. is Panama's most important trading partner, with about 30% of the import market, and U.S. products enjoy a high degree of acceptance in Panama. In 2011, U.S. exports to Panama jumped 34% to $8.25 billion – in no small part due to the fact that Panama’s economy grew 10.5%. Its strategic location as a bridge between two oceans and the meeting of two continents has made Panama not only a maritime and air transport hub, but also an international trading, banking, and services center.

The United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (U.S.-Panama TPA) entered into force on October 31, 2012 and on this day over 87 percent of U.S. industrial goods and more than half of agricultural commodities exports to Panama became duty-free. The U.S.-Panama TPA also increased access to Panama’s $20.6 billion services market. There are also significant infrastructure opportunities in the ongoing $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion project, as well as through the almost $10 billion in other significant infrastructure projects, including construction of a highway between Colon and Panama City, the expansion and modernization of the Tocumen International Airport, and a mega-port project for container ships on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

SAVE THE DATE: Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference 2013
USC Davidson Center, Los Angeles, CA
April 8-9, 2013
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