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 below.

Date: December 02, 2014
Event:
Discover France's Ethnic Beauty Market
Location: Online
About the Event:
The French market for ethnic beauty products has continuously developed in recent years, with increasing consumer awareness and sophistication. In fact, some industry experts estimate that the market for ethnic hair products alone is valued at over $60 million, which presents niche opportunities for U.S. manufacturers.

If your company is interested in pursuing sales opportunities in France's, please join this free webinar with industry experts to learn more about the market size and characteristics, market entry strategies and the product registration process. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

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Date: December 03, 2014
Event: Sending Temporary Workers to Canada
Location: Online
About the Event:
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States in Canada is pleased to announce our webinar series on "The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada." The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has made doing business in Canada easier, however, U.S. exporters still have many questions. This webinar series will give you the opportunity to get answers to the most frequently asked questions as well as answer your specific questions.

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Date: December 04, 2014
Event: Foreign Exchange Management for Exporters
Location: Online
About the Event:
In cooperation with Bannockburn Global Forex, LLC, this web based seminar or 'webinar' hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and its Global Finance Team will provide an introduction to U.S. exporters on the foreign exchange component inherent in every export transaction and how exporters can better manage that risk.

In this webinar, Mr. Drew Collins, Managing Partner and Ms.Mehgan Flynn, Partner, both with Bannockburn Global Forex, LLC will cover factors which every U.S. exporter should take into consideration when developing their export sales strategy.

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Date: December 04, 2014
Event: Merchandise Passport-Understanding ATA Carnets
Location: Online
About the Event:
Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce, Connecticut District Export Council and Corporation for International Business for a 30 minute webinar on understanding ATA Carnets. ATA Carnets can reduce costs and make clearing customs easier when marketing, demonstrating or selling overseas. Temporary import/exports, known as boomerang freight, can be trade show booths, exhibition equipment, product samples for display or demonstration and are not dutiable or taxable. The boomerang freight returns to the US usually within 12 months.

In this webinar, we will discuss the differences between temporary and permanent exports including documentation. The advantages, export controls, licensing and regulations of temporary exports, as well as, typical import/export documents. We go over the logistics involved in a temporary export and the ATA Carnet document itself. It's acceptance in 84 countries, it can be used for multiple countries and trips, its 6-12 month validity, it works for hand-carried and shipped goods and, can be issued directly to the shipper or to their freight forwarder.

Finally, we discuss the steps to obtaining a Carnet, give an example of the costs and how they are calculated, and how to sell goods overseas off the Carnet. For more information contact Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov .

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Date: December 04, 2014
Event: Update on the Greater China Travel Market to the U.S.Location: Online
About the Event:
The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) and the U.S. Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team, along with Brand USA, are pleased to present a webinar on THE fastest-growing top-ten tourism market to America: China. The U.S. Commercial Service offices in China will provide on-the-ground market intelligence and the program will include an overview of Hong Kong and provide special insight into Taiwan, one of only four visa-waiver countries in Asia and a market with both high income and high growth rates. The U.S. Department of State to explain recent changes in Visa Validity for China and BrandUSA will highlight promotional opportunities.

China generated 1.8 million arrivals in 2013, setting a new record for arrivals to the United States for the seventh consecutive year. China now ranks 7th in visitors to the United States. Spending by Chinese visitors to and within the United States was a record $13 billion in 2013.

With the increasing number of visitors from this market, it is changing rapidly. In 2013, 45% of Chinese visitors were here for the first time. Another change is even though they stay more than 30 nights in the country, gone are the days of visiting 2-3 states or 4-5 cities. In 2013, 61% of the Chinese visited only one state. That is the highest share ever of travelers staying put. A similar increase was tracked for cities. How are these and other shifts by Chinese visitors to the country changing their visitation patterns and what do these changes mean for you?

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Date: December 10, 2014
Event:
Arab Health Trade Show Delegation and Showtime Program Webinar
Location: Online
About the Event:
On Tuesday, December 10th, the International Trade Administration will host a 1 hour webinar designed for American companies who will be attending Arab Health 2015 in Dubai, UAE on January 26-29, 2015. During this Webinar participants will hear from U.S. government experts about healthcare opportunities in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf, and from officials from the Dubai Health Authority about healthcare policy initiatives being undertaken in the UAE, as well as about matchmaking opportunities that will be available at Arab Health 2015. If you are planning on attending Arab Health, this Webinar is a great way to start your preparation.

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Date: December 10, 2014
Event: Handling Duties and Taxes - NAFTA, HST & Other Considerations
Location: Online
About the Event:
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States in Canada is pleased to announce our fall webinar series on "The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada." The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has made doing business in Canada easier, however, U.S. Exporters still have questions. This webinar series will give you the opportunity to get answer to the most frequently asked questions as well as answer your specific questions.

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Date: January 13, 2015
Event: INCOTERM 2010 Basics
Location: Online
About the Event:
Please join the U.S. Commercial Service, Connecticut District Export Council, Connecticut SBDC and RJ Gresham Associates for a 60 minute webinar on the basics of INCOTERMS 2010. Incoterms provide a common set of rules to clarify responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts. They apportion transportation costs and responsibilities associated with the delivery of goods between buyers (importers) and sellers (exporters) and reflect modern-day transportation practices. Incoterms significantly reduce misunderstandings among traders and thereby minimize trade disputes and litigation. This webinar will introduce INCOTERMS 2010 and provide examples how they are used. For more information contact Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov.

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Date: January 13, 2015
Event: Virtual Education Fair with the UAE
Location: Online
About the Event:
Are you interested in an excellent opportunity to recruit K-12 students from the United Arab Emirates? The Commercial Service is organizing a Virtual Education Fair (VEF) for the UAE on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Participating in this VEF allows you to introduce your school to education agents who will watch your presentation from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Target schools are private K-12 institutions, excluding boarding schools.

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Date: January 15, 2015
Event: Developing a Corporate Export Management and Compliance Program

Location: Online
About the Event:
The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the Connecticut District Export Council is offering a unique webinar for U.S. businesses. Developing and implementing an Export Management and Compliance Program can be a challenge. While you may create a manual that touches all the correct points and subjects, implementing that manual on the ground may be more challenging than initially planned, especially if you are dealing with multiple sites, products, and ERP systems. 
The requirements described in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International and Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) may seem overwhelming without a system to capture analysis, decisions, accountability and implementing procedures. Our presentation will indicate what points an EMCP should cover, best practices on how to roll out procedures on the ground, and how to make this document relevant in your company.

For more information contact Anthony.Sargis@trade.gov.

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Date: January 21, 2015
Event: Export Opportunities in Costa Rica for U.S. Companies Webinar

Location: Online
About the Event:
The United States is Costa Rica's main trading partner, accounting for about 47% of Costa Rica's total imports. U.S. products enjoy an excellent reputation for quality and price-competitiveness. Proximity to the Costa Rican market is also a major advantage for U.S. exporters who wish to visit or communicate with potential customers, facilitating close contacts and strong relationships with clients, both before and after the sale. The same holds true for agents and distributors, who typically represent U.S. exporters in the national market. U.S. goods exports to Costa Rica in 2013 were $7.2 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($2.1 million), Computer and Electronic Products ($1.8 billion), Chemicals ($628 million) Machinery ($313 million), Plastic ($277 million), and Optic and Medical Instruments ($276 million).
Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Costa Rica for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Costa Rica's growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: January 21, 2015
Event: Exporting to Mexico Webinar Series: NAFTA Certificate of Origin

Location: Online
About the Event:
In this webinar, we will talk about what is a NAFTA Certificate of Origin and a regular Certificate of Origin and why are they needed. We will also talk about how to determine and establish the origin of your product. We will also talk about crucial measures and checklists for issuing Certificate of Origin, Completing the NAFTA certificate as Producer or Exporter

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Date: January 21, 2015
Event: Healthcare Industry Opportunities in Egypt, Jordan & Israel Webinar

Location: Online
About the Event:
U.S. Embassy-based healthcare industry specialists discuss opportunities in Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the West Bank for U.S. companies interested in doing business in the region. Companies will be informed about the upcoming May 2015 trade mission to these markets.

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Date: January 28, 2015
Event: Temporarily Moving Goods & Tools Across the Border Webinar

Location: Online
About the Event:
The U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States in Canada is pleased to announce our fall webinar series on "The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada." The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has made doing business in Canada easier, however, for U.S. exporters, many questions still exist. This webinar series will give you the opportunity to get answers to the most frequently asked questions as well as answer your specific questions.

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Date: January 29, 2015
Event: Beginning Steps to Exporting Part 1 – Identifying Schedule B Codes and Tariffs

Location: Online
About the Event:
Please join the U.S. Commercial Service for a 60 minute webinar on how to identify your product's Schedule B Code and how to determine Tariffs.
The purpose of this webinar is to identify the Schedule B code for your product to ensure the correct code for export documentation and to find tariff data for possible export.
This webinar will demonstrate how to identify Schedule B codes using the Census Bureau Tools to search the correct code for your product. You will learn about the tools available to you to determine the tariff for your product in a given export market. You will learn about Free Trade Agreements and how to use the Free Trade Agreement Tool.

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Date: February 02, 2015

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

Location: Online
About the Event:
The United States is the chief trading partner for Honduras, supplying 46.2 percent of Honduran imports Located in the heart of Central America, Honduras is the second largest country in the region. Its deep-water port, Puerto Cortés, is the first port in Latin America to qualify under both the Megaports and Container Security Initiatives (CSI), which now facilitate the screening of approximately 90 percent of transatlantic and transpacific cargo prior to importation into the United States. U.S. goods exports to Honduras in 2013 were $5.3 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($1.4 billion), Cotton, Yarn and Fabric ($609 million), Electrical Machinery ($438 million), Special Other (low value shipments) ($350 million), and Manmade Staple Fibers ($333 million).
Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Honduras for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Honduras' growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: February 12, 2015

Event: Beginning Steps to Exporting Part 2 – Market Research Basics

Location: Online
About the Event:
Please join the U.S. Commercial Service for a 60 minute webinar on the basics of Market Research.
The purpose of this webinar is to learn how to do market research necessary to implementing the next steps in your export plan.
This webinar will identify information needed to determine possible markets for your product. You will learn about where to find information to help make your export plan a success. A Case Study Approach will be used to find industry trends, discover possible markets and understand the many variables involved in exporting

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Date: February 18, 2015

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

Location: Online
About the Event:
The United States remained Belize's principal trading partner. Belize is a consumer nation and relies heavily on imports. The United States provided over 44% of total Belizean merchandise imports in 2012. U.S. goods exports to Belize in 2013 were $241.2 million. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Food ($34 million), Machinery ($26.9 million), Chemicals ($23.8 million), Transportation Equipment ($21.4 million), and Computer and Electronic Products ($20.1 million). 
Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Belize for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. This fourth chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Belize's growth and the opportunities this offers to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: February 18, 2015

Event: Exporting to Mexico Webinar Series: ATA Carnet: An Option for Temporary Importations

Location: Online
About the Event:
When is effective use the ATA Carnet as a methods of temporarily import? Are samples shipped into Mexico eligible for an ATA Carnet? Commodities covered by the ATA Carnet, when you work temporarily in Mexico. How to apply ATA Carnet for temporary importation of professional equipment that will be used in expositions, fairs, congress or similar events.

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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 forth chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on El Salvador's growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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Date: March 17, 2015

Event: Exporting to Mexico Webinar Series: Mexican Labelling Requirements

Location: Online
About the Event:
Mexican label requirements checklist, Mexican Labeling Standards. The importance of complying with label requirements. Who is in charge of complying with the label requirement the Mexican importer or the US exporter?

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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 totaled $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 forth 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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