April 8, 2015:  Essentials of Export Controls – St. Louis, MO
This is an intensive, one-day program that covers the key information you need to know to comply with the Export Administration Regulations.  Counseling and other professionals from the Bureau of Industry and Security will cover the major elements of the U.S. export control system for commercial exports.  Topics covered: Export Control Basics and Types of Controls; Classifying Your Product; Determining License Requirements; General Prohibitions; Using License Exceptions; License Application / Supporting Documentation; & Export Clearance and Recordkeeping. This fast-paced program is ideal for those with busy schedules. For more information visit: www.missouriexports.com.

April 9, 2015:  How to Develop an Export Management & Compliance Program – St. Louis, MO
This one-day workshop provides an overview of the steps a company may take to implement an internal Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP).  Agenda topics include guidance on how to establish an EMCP, strategies to improve your company’s compliance program, how to avoid common compliance errors, and how to build a solid framework for your company’s compliance program. This event will be led by senior export compliance specialists from the Bureau of Industry and Security. For more information visit: www.missouriexports.com.

April 13-14, 2015: Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference – Los Angeles, CA
The US Commercial Services will be providing one-on-one counseling sessions with in-country Senior Commercial Officers from the U.S. Department of Commerce at the Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference. The Asia Pacific Business Outlook is the premier conference for business professionals seeking trade or investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. Counseling will focus on opportunities to develop networks, devise strategies, and update understanding of current economic climate and socio-political trends in the region. Participants will acquire insight and knowledge of the latest business outlook, practices, opportunities and challenges in the Asia/Pacific region and connect with experts and other business leaders. To register: http://www.apboconference.com/aboutapbo.html.

April 16-18, 2015: EducationUSA Fair – Germany
The U.S. Mission to Germany is pleased to promote EducationUSA fairs in Hamburg and Heidelberg, jointly organized by EducationUSA, the Public Affairs Office, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Germany. Germany is the twelfth leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, with 9,819 students in 2013. Both cities have strong ties to the United States and a large student population. Staff from the U.S. Mission in Germany will be on hand to promote education opportunities in the United States as well as counsel potential students on benefits of studying in the United States. High school visits will be part of the program and these event dates are coordinated with other EducationUSA fair opportunities in Europe. For more information please contact Elizabeth.Walsh@trade.gov , U.S. Commercial Service – Frankfurt, with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

April 21-23, 2015: Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2015) – Dubai
WETEX is the largest regional event of its kind, expecting to attract over 1,500 exhibitors from over 42 countries in 2015. The WETEX 2015 theme is ‘Enabling Sustainable Smart Solutions.’ The nation’s average water consumption ranks 82% above global average and is expected to grow 30% by 2030. Groundwater is the largest water source and is used primarily in the agricultural and industrial sectors while potable water is supplied mainly through desalination. Population growth, economic development and rising standards of living in the region have increased water demand. The energy market in the UAE is expected to remain highly attractive to regional and international developers. Key segments include thermal, renewables, and nuclear. It should be noted that the government has advanced plans to expand installed capacity by more than 50% over the next 10 years. For show details see: http://www.wetex.aeContact: Hector Maldonado at 202-482-4756 or email: Hector.Maldonado@trade.gov with cc to Vicki.Tolefree@trade.gov.

May 6-8, 2015: International Environmental Technology Trade Fair (IE 2015), Shanghai, China
The U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai is pleased to invite American firms to exhibit in the U.S. Pavilion at the IE Expo 2015.  This is an outstanding opportunity to promote your company’s environmental related products, technologies and solutions in order to develop your business in Asia’s largest market.  IE Expo 2015 is an international trade fair for water, sewage, refuse, recycling, air pollution control, soil remediation and energy conservation. IE Expo 2015 will also offer a high quality conference program of workshops and B2B matchmaking activities for U.S. exporters to meet experienced professionals; key domestic and international trade associations; government agencies and ministries.  For more information contact Vicki Tolefree at 312-353-3748 or email: Vicki.tolefree@trade.gov.

May 11-15, 2015: Cyber Security Business Development Mission to Poland and Romania
This mission will introduce U.S. firms and trade associations to Central and Eastern Europe’s information and communication technology (ICT) security and critical infrastructure protection markets and assist U.S. companies to find business partners and export their products and services to the region. With the number and sophistication of cyber attacks on the rise, cyber security is one of the fastest growing sectors. In Poland, the market for IT security reached $156m in 2013 and is expected to grow at over 10% a year over the next five years. The Romanian government has committed to an aggressive action plan to fight security threats due to the increasing integration of cyber infrastructure into the banking, transportation, energy and defense sectors. The market for cyber security is quickly emerging in many neighboring Central and Eastern European countries as well. Target mission participants are U.S. providers of Cyber security software, services and equipment, Emergency management technology equipment and services, Critical infrastructure protection systems and management solutions, & Data loss and privacy protection technologies. For more information and registration, see http://www.export.gov/trademissions/cybersecureeurope/.

May 12-14, 2015: Discover Global Markets: The Americas – Miami, FL
Attend this premier international business conference for U.S. executives and discover current & upcoming opportunities as well as what challenges lie ahead in our dynamic hemisphere. Hear from panels featuring economists, industry professionals, trade experts, and U.S. Diplomats who will explore these and many other topics to help you to define your competitive strategy in the Americas. In Miami, you can meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from the following countries to discuss global opportunities for your organization in North America (Canada and Mexico); Central America/Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago); and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru). For registration & more information, see http://www.export.gov/florida/dgmamericas/dgmamericas082320.asp.

May 27-28, 2015: Middle East and Africa Business Outlook Conference - Dubai, UAE
The US Department of Commerce will hold its 2015 Africa & Middle East Business Outlook Conference in Dubai, UAE. This conference is focused towards American companies with sales and distribution operations in the UAE who are interested in expanding their sales throughout the Middle East and Africa, and for American companies interested in establishing either a Middle East or Africa presence. Highlights of the conference:

  • Interact with over 20 Senior U.S. Commercial Attaches and Specialists to learn about sales and project leads in the GCC, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Levant
  • Learn from regional business and government leaders about sector and industry trends that affect regional and global growth
  • Network with key U.S. government and private sector decision makers

Click here to register: http://abcdubai.olasoft.com/viewEvent.html?no_header=true&productId=8834.

September 14-21, 2015: Trade Winds Mission and Business Development Conference – Africa
The US Commercial Services will be hosting a Business Development Conference in South Africa September 16-18, 2015 with optional mission stops offered before, during, and after the Business Development Conference in 8 different African countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. These mission stops will offer customized business to business matchmaking meetings. Highlights of the mission include meetings with potential partners, distributors and end-users, receptions with the local business communities and briefings from local experts on doing business in Africa. Target sectors will include energy equipment, transportation infrastructure and equipment and agriculture equipment. The fee for companies with less than 500 employees is $2,500 for the Trade Winds Forum and one mission strop. Each additional stop will be $800. For companies with 500 employees or more the fee is $3,500. Each additional stop will be $800. For more information and registration: http://trade.gov/dbia/tradewinds-africa/index.asp.

New Videos on Export Regulations Can Guide Your Goods to Profits Abroad
Exporters often want to know: “Does my product need a license before I can sell it to an overseas buyer?” The answer is often “no,” as 95% of goods shipped from the U.S. don’t require a license. But exporters must do additional due diligence to make sure their goods are not sold to denied parties. In a new series of videos produced by the Trade Information Center and Foreign Trade Statistics, the basics of export regulations are presented in a clear and engaging way. The series also contains videos on how to use trade statistics to pinpoint best markets and the role of freight forwarders and letters of credit in the export process. There are now 20 short videos to help U.S. companies successfully participate in the National Export Initiative – click here to view.

Boost Your Service Exports by Connecting with Spanish Investors
Spanish investment in the US soared from $14 billion to $38 billion in just two years through 2008, making it the 10th largest investor in the US. This continuing trend is important to the US economy and provides untapped opportunities for US service exporters. Spanish investment focuses on clean energy, clean tech and infrastructure. The online ServiceSolutionsUSA directory promotes the services of US-based firms and economic development agencies to investors in Spain. The directory gives US companies access and exposure to Spanish clients who seek US expertise in accounting, branding, banking, consulting, global logistics, trade finance, insurance, legal, regulatory, site selection, and other needs. The year-long basic membership fee is waived for companies that join before June 1, 2010. Key Spanish partners supporting this initiative include the Spanish government's Institute of Foreign Trade, the Spanish Bio-tech Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain - the largest business association in the country, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. ServiceSolutionsUSA is featured on the US Commercial Service webpage in Spain, which has over 35,000 hits per month. Subscribe now and boost your service exports to Spain! Learn more/ register. Questions, please contact Carmen.Ribera@mail.doc.gov.

走进美国"- Generate Actionable PRC Client Leads for Your Service Expertise
"AccessAmerica" is our new online Chinese-language directory of U.S. firms that provide customized services to Chinese companies that want to conduct business in the U.S., including finding partners and setting up offices. The "AccessAmerica" Service Provider directory gives U.S.-based companies and economic development agencies access and exposure to Chinese clients who seek U.S. expertise in global logistics, trade finance, HR, site selection, tax, insurance, legal and regulatory issues, marketing, and other support related to investing in the U.S. It is promoted in China, in Chinese, in cooperation with our partners including the Council of American States in China, CCPIT, Shanghai Overseas Investment Development Board, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chambers of Commerce in China, among others. State partners include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. AccessAmerica is featured on the U.S. Embassy Chinese webpage which has 100,000 hits per month. It is also featured at Invest in America programs in the U.S. and China, such as the China Overseas Investment Fair and Invest New York events in November. AccessAmerica was featured in China Business Review, Xinhua and China Trade News and is generating actionable leads for subscribers. Your listing will include company information, company logo, and contact details, all translated into Chinese, for a one-year subscription fee of $400. Increase your firm's visibility in China and boost your service exports! Click here to Visit "AccessAmerica" or direct questions to julie.carducci@trade.gov.

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