WEBINARS & TELECONFERENCES

November 4, 2014 @ 10:00am CST: Selling into Mexico’s Auto Supply Chain & 2015 Matchmaking Event - Free Webinar
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City & the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Automotive Team host a no-cost webinar for U.S. automotive suppliers highlighting automotive supply chain opportunities in Mexico, with special mention of Automotive Meetings Queretaro 2015, a B2B matchmaking event in Mexico, February 23-25, 2015.  Hear from the US Embassy Commercial Automotive Specialist, a Mexico OEM, and a Tier 2 US supplier commenting on their Mexico business develop experience. This webinar introduces recent trends in Mexico’s automotive supply chain, highlights best prospects for U.S. firms, and offers business development strategies to access the market.  Advanced Business Events (ABE) will introduce Automotive Meetings Queretaro 2015, a unique international business-to-business forum in Queretaro, Mexico, offering 2-full days of pre-arranged 1-on-1 matchmaking meetings in a single location with vehicle OE manufacturers & Tier I suppliers from throughout Mexico.  Confirmed matchmaking participants include: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Bosch, Continental and Siemens. Learn More about the February 23-25, 2015 Automotive Meetings Queretaro 2015 event: http://export.gov/industry/auto/b2bmexico056049.asp. To register for the webinar, go to http://1.usa.gov/WPxbII

November 5, 2014 @ 12:00pm CST:  The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: What Do We Need To Know? – Free Webinar
Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect July 1, 2014 and establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and the installation of computer programs to/on devices in Canada. CASL will change everything you thought you knew about regulations governing outreach to your customers and prospects in Canada. This webinar will provide U.S. companies with the basic knowledge to start developing a compliant marketing program for their dealings in Canada. Topics covered, include:

  • An overview of the legislation and how it differs from the U.S. legislation (CAN-SPAM)
  • How the legislation affects U.S. companies doing business in Canada
  • Receive information about developing a compliant marketing strategy
  • Learn about the penalties of non-compliance

Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q05.  For more information contact: Tracey Ford, Commercial Specialist at (613) 688-5406 or tracey.ford@trade.gov.

November 12, 2014 @ 12:00 CST: The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada: Exporting to Canada: Where Do We Begin? – Free Webinar
Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the United States. This offers enormous opportunity to U.S. companies that would like to explore the possibility of exporting; but where to begin? Why not look at America’s biggest and closest foreign market – Canada! This webinar will provide new exporters information on a number of topics that should be considered when beginning to export. Small to medium sized businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider attending. Topics covered, include:

  • The Canadian Market – key opportunities for SMEs
  • Developing an export plan and a marketing strategy
  • Entering the market (customs process & regulatory considerations)
  • Shipping
  • International Standards and Contracts – the best approach with your Canadian commercial partner and how NAFTA makes a difference.
  • Protecting your intellectual property.

Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q06.  For more information contact: Tracey Ford at tracey.ford@trade.gov.

November 18, 2014 @ 9:00am CST: The Value of British Franchise Association (BFA) Accreditation to U.S. Franchisors Expanding Into the UK – Free Webinar
Please join us to learn more about the British Franchise Association (bfa) and its Exhibition Accreditation, as well as the British & International Franchise Exhibition 2015.  The discussion will cover:

  • Why does the bfa exist and how does it operate?
  • Who are the members of the bfa?
  • The bfa’s role prior to and at the British & International Franchise Exhibition
  • The value of bra Exhibition Accreditation
  • What does a U.S. franchisor stand to gain from Exhibition Accreditation and from bfa membership?
  • How does the Exhibition Accreditation process work?

For registration and more information please contact our franchising specialist Chrystal Denys in the UK at +44 (0)20 7894 0432 or Chrystal.Denys@trade.gov.

November 19, 2014 @ 12:00 CST: The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada: Temporarily Moving Capital Equipment & Tools Across the Border – Free Webinar
Temporary workers entering Canada are often required to bring tools and equipment with them across the border to complete their work. This webinar will address the following questions and more:

  • How do I get my capital equipment/demo products across the border efficiently and then bring it back to the U.S. at the conclusion of the project/trade show?
  • Are there tax implications for sending equipment to Canada?
  • What are the import requirements and documentation?
  • Are NAFTA & Certificates of Origin applicable?
  • What goods are prohibited from being imported into Canada?

Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q07.  For more information contact: Tracey Ford, Commercial Specialist at (613) 688-5406 or tracey.ford@trade.gov.

November 19, 2014 @ 1:00pm CST: Exporting to Mexico Series: How to Find HS Codes & Calculate Duties & Taxes – Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will focus on how to: choose the correct Harmonized Tariff Number (HTS); deal with Mexican Customs on HTS controversies; calculate duties and taxes for your exports. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST. Fee: $25. For information & registration, see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35542&InputType=EVENT.

November 20, 2014 @ 12:30pm CDT: Department of Commerce/Trade Technologies: Letter of Credit Discrepancies - Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will provide practical, step-by-step guidance and tips for minimizing discrepancies in international letters of credit. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CDT. Fee: $15. For information & registration, please see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35525&InputType=EVENT.

November 21, 2014 @10:00am CST: Nigeria: Capitalizing on Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles – Free Webinar
Doing business in Nigeria can pose challenges including logistics, governance and crime. Nevertheless, those U.S. companies that take a careful and informed approach to the market can do well and develop longstanding and profitable business relationships and operations in Nigeria for the West African markets. Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, averaging over 7% growth in the past decade and is ranked among Africa’s largest consumer markets. It also accounts for over 40 percent of imports in West Africa. Join us for this no cost informational Webinar to hear about the key economic indicators that poise the Nigerian economy for great growth in the next few years. Also, you will have the opportunity to learn about the U.S. Embassy NUSA Program and how it can help you conduct due diligence and connect you with vetted Nigerian partners. Please register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q0X

December 3, 2014 @ 12:00 CST: The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada: Sending Temporary Workers to Canada – Free Webinar
Canada has recently seen some changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. This webinar will assist U.S. service companies, such as architects, engineers and technicians in identifying the new process for sending temporary workers to Canada to perform after-sales warranty repairs, business development and other tasks. Questions covered, include:

  • What changes have been made to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program?
  • Do I need to get a visa to do temporary work in Canada?
  • Does NAFTA apply to my company?
  • What documentation is required to send a temporary worker to Canada?

Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q08. For more information contact: Tracey Ford, Commercial Specialist at (613) 688-5406 or tracey.ford@trade.gov.

December 10, 2014 @ 12:00 CST: The logistics of Doing Business in Canada: Handling Duties and Taxes- NAFTA, HST, Income Tax & Payroll Considerations – Free Webinar
This webinar will provide U.S. exporters with background on NAFTA and identifying duties and taxes that may be applicable on sales. For product-focused companies, understanding the ‘hidden’ costs of doing business cross border can be a daunting task for the U.S. shipper and a surprising cost for the importer. Understanding what these costs are and being able to provide a transparent sale to your Canadian customer can be the key to successfully doing business in Canada. For service providers doing business in Canada, understanding the various tax withholding and compliance requirements as well as waiver eligibility will ensure that you avoid penalties and minimize the potential cash flow impact. Topics covered, include:

  • Identifying applicable duties
  • The Non-Resident Importer Program
  • Provincial and federal taxes
  • Registering with Revenue Canada

Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q09.  For more information contact: Tracey Ford, Commercial Specialist at (613) 688-5406 or tracey.ford@trade.gov.

December 10, 2014 @ 1:00pm CST: Exporting to Mexico Series: Labeling Requirements for Personal Care Products - Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will focus on: market access issues; Mexican regulations (NOMs), including labeling standards; border clearance and logistics for this sector. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35543&InputType=EVENT.

January 21, 2015 @ 1:00pm CST: Exporting to Mexico Series: NAFTA Certificate of Origin – Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will describe the difference between a NAFTA Certificate of Origin and a regular Certificate of Origin, and how to determine the origin and fill out a NAFTA Certificate of Origin as Producer or Exporter. 1:00–2:00pm CST. Fee: $25. For information & registration, see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35544&InputType=EVENT.

February 18, 2015 @ 1:00pm CST: Exporting to Mexico Series: ATA Carnet – An Option for Temporary Importations – Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will describe when an ATA Carnet is used and how to apply for an ATA Carnet for temporary importation of professional equipment, samples and other commodities. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35545&InputType=EVENT.

March 18, 2015 @ 1:00pm CST: Exporting to Mexico Series: Mexican Labeling Requirements – Webinar
Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will focus on: the importance of label requirements in Mexico; how to comply with these rules; how to determine who is responsible for complying with these labeling standards and rules. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CDT. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=35546&InputType=EVENT.

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