Local Trade Events

Through a unique, federal global network of knowledgeable Trade and Commercial Specialist, the U.S. Commercial Service in Pittsburgh is able to offer export-related trade events throughout Western & Central Pennsylvania to benefit local exporters. Please browse the highlighted events belowc.

Date: February 25, 2015

Event: Webinar on Opportunities in Zacatecas, Mexico’s Mining Sector

Location: Online

About the Event: Please join the U.S. Commercial Service on February 25 for a webinar highlighting opportunities for U.S. exporters in Mexico's State of Zacatecas, a focal point of Mexico's dynamic mining industry. Zacatecas is Mexico's largest producer of silver, lead, and zinc, the second largest producer of copper, and the third largest producer of gold.

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Date: March 03, 2015

Event: Export Basics

Location: Duquense University, Pittsburgh, PA

About the Event: Designed for companies new to exporting, this half-day seminar will provide training on relevant export topics to include: International Marketing, International Shipping, Payments, International Legal and Contractual Issues, and Risk Mitigation Options.

To register or for additional information visit: http://www.sbdc.duq.edu/EventDetail?id=673

Date: March 03, 2015

Event: Export Opportunities in El Salvador for U.S. Companies

Location: Online

About the Event: The United States is El Salvador's leading trade partner. El Salvador's other top trading partners are located in Central America. El Salvador offers an open market for U.S. goods and services. Tariffs are relatively low, and were reduced further with the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The value-added tax (VAT) rate in El Salvador is 13%. El Salvador's strategic location in Central America makes it a good platform for industrial and service investments aimed at re-exports. U.S. goods exports to El Salvador in 2013 were $3.2 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($497 million), Special Other (articles donated for relief, and low value shipments) ($276 million), Aircraft ($247 million), Machinery ($221 million), and Knit/Crocheted Fabrics ($192 million).

Join us for the “Export Opportunities in El Salvador for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. This fourth chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on El Salvador's growth and the opportunities this offers to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: March 6, 2015

Event: Export Essentials for New to Export Companies

Location: Latrobe, PA

About the Event: Have you always wondered what it would take to export your products or services but didn't know where to start? This full-day program will provide you with the essentials and contacts needed to help you with exploring export opportunities.

This event will discuss how to obtain market intelligence, how to develop a market entry strategy, how to select and support sales representatives, international transaction basics like INCO terms, payment methods, and quotations, what is required when shipping internationally, and where to find information on export compliance and regulations.

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Date: March 17, 2015

Event: Exporting to Mexico Webinar Series: Mexican Labelling Requirements

Location: Online

About the Event: Who is in charge of complying with labelling requirements: the Mexican importer or the US exporter? This webinar will discuss the Mexican label requirements checklist, Mexican Labelling Standards, and the importance of complying with label requirements.

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Date: March 18, 2015

Event: Export Opportunities in Nicaragua for U.S. Companies Webinar

Location: Online

About the Event: The United States is Nicaragua's largest trading partner, the source of roughly a quarter of Nicaragua's imports and the destination for approximately two-thirds of its exports (including free zone exports). U.S. exports to Nicaragua totalled $1.1 billion in 2013. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Machinery ($195 million), Special Other (articles donated for relief) ($108 million), Electrical Machinery ($69 million), Cereals (wheat and corn) ($51 million), and Optic and Medical Instruments ($50 million).

Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Nicaragua for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. This fifth chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Nicaragua's growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: March 24, 2015

Event: New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC) Informational Webinar

Location: Online

About the Event: New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC) is a government funded non-profit organization that offers cost-shared assistance for import-impacted manufacturers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. NETAAC was formed to aid manufacturing companies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont that have been negatively impacted by import trade. Qualifying businesses receive financial assistance to co-fund business-reviving initiatives that can address marketing, branding, strategy planning, e-commerce, lean manufacturing, ISO registration, and more. NETAAC's goal is to help New England manufacturers increase profitability and retain employees while competing with imported products. In 2011, manufacturers working with NETAAC received over $5.1 million in approved assistance, an average of $125,000 per firm. There is no cost to apply to the program to determine eligibility and NETAAC handles all associated paperwork. All information regarding manufacturers in the program is held in strict confidence by NETAAC. This free informational webinar will provide insight into NETAAC, which could ultimately give your business an advantage in the globalizing marketplace. For more information contact Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov.

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Date: April 1, 2015

Event: Angola and Mozambique: Record Growth From Port to Port

Location: Online

About the Event: Angola is the third-largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa with a GDP of over US$124 billion, and average annual growth of 5%. The Angolan economy is driven by the oil and gas industry, but is rapidly diversifying as the country's growth has fuelled consumption and attracted foreign investors. The cost of doing business in Angola is high, but the rewards are commensurate.

Mozambique, with a population of 24 million, grew its economy on average by 8% annually from 1994 – 2009, a result of prudent macroeconomic reforms and large foreign investment projects. Though infrastructure remains weak and the population is still largely rural, the government is committed to building a strong commercial environment.

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Date: April 7, 2015

Event: Access to Private Capital for Growing Businesses Webinar

Location: Online

About the Event: The webinar on April 7, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. ET will provide an overview of the types of junior capital available to companies today, including subordinated debt and preferred stock. It will also address the dynamic between senior and junior capital providers and cover key issues facing business owners and senior executives of middle market companies seeking access to such capital.

Junior capital is often instrumental, and at times absolutely essential, in navigating a company through rapid growth, acquisitions, full or partial recapitalizations, generational transitions, partner buyouts, etc.  Junior capital can also be a valuable tool to enhance and expand a company's relationship with its senior lender. Developing an understanding of this powerful financial tool provides owners and managers necessary to sustain and accelerate healthy growth.

This educational webinar will be moderated by the U.S. Commercial Service, with panelists from Ironwood Capital, a junior capital provider focused on the middle market, and Webster Bank, a national leader in senior debt lending in the middle market. Ironwood and Webster have worked jointly on several transactions, creating ad hoc partnerships to enable companies to grow and prosper; their knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to those who attend.

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Date: April 8, 2015

Event: Counterintelligence and Mitigating Risks in International Markets

Location: Kersey, PA

About the Event: The North Central Export Board, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, the Clarion Small Business Development Center, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Pittsburgh are pleased to offer training with LeeAnne Haworth of the U.S. Commercial Service and Daniel Markley of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

This event will discuss how to protect your company’s research, information, and technology to stay competitive, recent trends in cyber-attacks and corporate espionage, personal safety while traveling and awareness of current political hot spots, and export compliance and financial risks.

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Date: April 15, 2015

Event: Ethiopia: Looking Ahead to Growth and Transformation

Location: Online

About the Event: Ethiopia's population of over 90 million makes it one of the largest growing markets in Africa. GDP growth for the past five years has averaged between 7% - 12% annually, and Moody's has rated Ethiopia's credit worthiness a ‘B+', reflecting the economy's stable outlook and prospects for continued growth in the short and medium-term.

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Date: May 13, 2015

Event: U.S. Global Growth Conference: U.S. Export Controls & Compliance (including ITAR)

Location: Latrobe, PA

About the Event: More details coming soon.

Date: May 21, 2015

Event: Department of Commerce / Trade Technologies: Letter of Credit Discrepancies

Location: Online

About the Event: Trade Technologies and U.S. Department of Commerce are co-hosting this informative webinar.

Speakers will be Trade Technologies' Charlie Kelly, Vice President Customer Satisfaction, will present an informative webinar about LC discrepancies.
Discrepancies are responsible for much of the headache and added cost associated with using letters of credit in international trade transactions. These challenges can often make exporters avoid using letters of credit altogether, usually resulting in either highly uncompetitive cash-in-advance demands or extremely risky open account terms in foreign markets.

This webinar will provide practical, step-by-step guidance and tips for minimizing discrepancies in international letters of credit. The program will start with an overview of the international letter of credit process, including the different types and uses of letters of credit. It will also discuss common letter of credit discrepancies, including "built-in" discrepancies and other red flags that can lead to discrepancies.

Charlie will specifically focus on structuring sales quotes and instructions to ensure clean letter of credit documents, and will provide guidance on different options for handling discrepancies when they do arise.

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Date: June 1-2, 2015

Event: Mining Trade Mission to Zacatecas, Mexico

Location: Zacatecas, Mexico

About the Event: Join the U.S. Commercial Service on a Business Development Mission to one of Mexico’s leading mining regions!

Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the United States, and represents the second largest export market of U.S. products and services. In the last five years, mining has been one of the five most promising sectors in Mexico’s economy. Mexico’s mining sector produces 23 different commodities, the major ones being gold, silver and copper.

The State of Zacatecas is a focal point for Mexico’s mining industry. In 2013, in terms of production, mining output from Zacatecas ranks second among Mexican states. Currently, Zacatecas is Mexico’s largest producer of silver, lead and zinc, the second largest producer of copper and the third largest producer of gold. Canadians are the largest group of foreign investors followed by the U.S. This mission will help interested U.S. mining equipment exporters meet with local government officials and pre-screened potential agents, distributors, and representatives to explore opportunities in this dynamic mining market.

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September 17, 2015

Event: Sales Representatives – Pros, Cons, Agreements, & Disputes

Location: Latrobe, PA

About the Event: More details coming soon.



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