News and Events from the U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo, North Dakota

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World Trade News and Events - December 2015

Newsletter of the U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo, North Dakota

LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS
- Ukraine GPS Navigation Equipment Importer Overcomes Export Hurdles
- Domestic Honey Producers Anti-Dumping Challenges
- Fargo Cloud-Seeding Company Makes it Rain: Bloomberg Business Week Article
- Record Increase in 2014 Exports from Bismarck; Declines in Fargo and Grand Forks
- Georgetown University Free Business Plan in Eurasia
- North Dakota/Minnesota EB-5 Regional Center Attends UK Property Investor Show
- FREE Booth Opportunity at Agritek 2016 in Kazakhsan
- Crude Oil Export Ban

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS
- Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Released
- North Dakota to Benefit from Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
- U.S. Commercial Service Helps Western Shelter Systems Achieve Growth Objectives
- EXIM Could Re-open for Most Business
- Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Export Controls
- 12 Pearls of Wisdom for New Exporters from the U.S. Commercial Service

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
- Education Trade Mission to Africa - March 7-10, 2016 in Johannesburg, Accra, and Adibjan
- Hannover Messe: A World of Opportunity - April 25-29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany

WEBINARS
- FREE: Mexico's Booming Manufacturing Industry - December 3

- License and Authorization of Medical Devices from Health Canada Webinar - December 9
- Water Industry Business Opportunities in Ukraine Webinar - December 10
- Israel Soil Remediation Webinar - December 16

- FREE: Hannover Messe Informational Webinar Series - December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16
- FREE: Webinar Series on the Seattle Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit - December 16, January 13, and March 9

LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS

 Bueling

Ukraine GPS Navigation Equipment Importer Overcomes Export Hurdles
North Dakota native Jim Bueling imports and distributes Trimble navigational equipment into Ukraine and Russia and has successfully developed this business and managed this network for ten years. When his import shipments came to a halt due to new export laws, Bueling turned to the U.S. Commercial Service for help. Read more about Jim Bueling's successful exporting.

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Domestic Honey Producers Anti-Dumping Challenges
Senator John Hoeven, who is on the U.S. Senate Agriculture and Appropriation Committees, recently outlined efforts to help honey producers receive compensation after Chinese honey was dumped into the U.S. market after the anti-dumping Honey Order was put into effect. He is hoping to enact into law provisions that modify Customs and Border Protection's payment system so domestic producers receive proceeds from antidumping settlements. “North Dakota is the top honey producer in the nation, and it’s important for us to ensure that our producers receive the compensation they deserve when they have been damaged by foreign producers,” said Hoeven. 

Fargo Cloud-Seeding Company Makes it Rain: Bloomberg Business Week Article
In a recent story in Business Week, Fargo-based Weather Modification Inc. was spotlighted for its successful programs in India. Weather Mod is the world's largest cloud seeing company. WMI is currently negotiating more contracts with governments in Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Read more about how Weather Modification Inc. is making a difference in India and around the world.

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Record Increase in 2014 Exports from Bismarck; Declines in Fargo and Grand Forks
The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) released new data showing record merchandise exports from the Bismarck metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in North Dakota. Between 2013 and 2014, goods exports from Bismarck MSA increased from $119 million to $191 million, an increase of $72 million or 60.7 percent. In the same period, Fargo MSA decreased from $817 million to $782 million, a decrease of -4.3%; while Grand Forks MSA decreased from $237 million to 212 million, a decrease of -10.8%. This was Bismarck MSA's fifth consecutive year of increased exports and one of only 139 metro areas to achieve record goods export levels. Read the full report.

Georgetown University Free Business Plan in Eurasia
If your company is looking to advance interests in Eurasia, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service offers an opportunity for companies to get a free business and/or strategy/marketing plan in the Eurasia region. This program has a very successful 22-year track record, including Fortune 100 companies, as well as many small- and medium-sized businesses. Local companies have participated in the past as well. Contact Heather Ranck at Heather.Ranck@trade.gov if interested.

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North Dakota/Minnesota EB-5 Regional Center Attends UK Property Investor Show
The North Dakota/Minnesota EB-5 Regional Center, a non-profit and university affiliated regional center providing local companies access to foreign investment, recently attended the Property Investor and Homebuyer Show at the Excel event center in London, England. The show, which offers high net worth individuals a variety of investment opportunities from around the world, featured 120 exhibitors from countries including Dubai, the U.S., Malaysia, Nigeria, Portugal, France, India, and Great Britain. Learn more about the event and about the North Dakota/Minnesota EB-5 Regional Center.

FREE Booth Opportunity at Agritek 2016 in Kazakhstan
Agritek 2016, an international exhibition for agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, and stock breeding, will have a USA Pavilion offering 10 free booth spots to U.S. companies on a first come first served basis. With a full booth, you have access to on-site market counseling, private meeting space, receptions, translation services, show advertising, and more. Learn more about Agritek 2016. The spots are filling up fast; contact Heather Ranck at Heather.Ranck@trade.gov if you are interested.

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Crude Oil Export Ban
Senator John Hoeven recently released his opinion on why the crude oil export ban needs to be lifted. Hoeven stated that crude oil exports will benefit American consumers, the American economy, and the U.S. energy industry. He also believes crude oil exports will strengthen national security by providing strategic geopolitical benefits. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, has been working to build bipartisan support for legislation to lift the ban.  Congressman Kevin Cramer also expressed approval of the open oil markets as a geopolitical tool. "The ability to export crude oil on the world market allows the United States to use the peaceful tools of energy and economics rather than the lethal weapons of war to confront Russia and Iran," said Cramer. 

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Released

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In November, the United States and the 11 other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners released the full text of the TPP agreement. The full text provides everyone - business leaders, Members of Congress, and all interested Americans - with ample time to study the deal and analyze the agreement. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has also released several TPP Opportunities Industry Reports that spotlight key market access benefits and commitments of the TPP. The reports show how eliminating various tariffs in respective industry sectors will benefit American companies trying to compete in TPP markets. See how North Dakota would benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). President Obama supports the agreement, saying "This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products." Congressman Kevin Cramer also issued a statement upon the release of the full text, revealing that he is undecided on the agreement. "While I am currently undecided on TPP, I will continue to scrutinize the agreement over the coming months so I can make an informed decision when I cast my vote. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to review the agreement online and contact me with any questions on the deal."

North Dakota Impacts from Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The T-TIP will aim at providing greater compatibility and transparency in trade and investment regulations, while maintaining high levels of health, safety, and environmental protection. In 2013, over 97,000 companies exported to the EU, 96% of them being small and medium sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees. See how North Dakota and other states would benefit from the agreement.

 Western Shelter

U.S. Commercial Service Helps Western Shelter Systems Achieve Growth Objectives
Western Shelter System, based in Eugene, Oregon, has manufactured shelters for fire, rescue, medical, military, and disaster response teams since 1988. The domestic market for Western Shelter's products is seasonal; thus, they rely on exporting to achieve long-term strategic growth objectives. A few years ago, Western Shelter contacted the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) to assist in finding appropriate Latin American markets. CS staff in Portland and Brazil put together more than 10 meetings for Western Shelter to meet with qualified distributors. Read the full story here.

EXIM Could Re-open for Most Business
After closing for new business on July 1st due to the expiration of its charter, EXIM Bank is on the verge of being reauthorized by Congress as part of the highway funding bill. Congress is working to send the bill to the President before highway funds expire on Dec. 4. Once re-opened, EXIM could process and accept new applications for financing for US exports but would remain unable to approve larger transactions (over $10 million) requiring Board of Directors review until the Senate confirms one or more additional Board members. (Only two of the five Board positions are currently filled, leaving the Board unable to meet due to the lack of a quorum.)  Learn more.

 Exports

Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Export Controls
Export controls are created to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy and to address proliferation concerns. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) administers and enforces export controls to keep the most sensitive goods and technologies safe. To do this, BIS requires and enforces licenses for certain exports. Export licenses allow a specified export transaction. There are many issues involved in renewing a license and what a license should include. Here are the top five things entrepreneurs should know about export controls:

  1. BIS offers services for understanding export controls.
  2. Export controls affect high-tech industries, including items for commercial and military use.
  3. Exports to certain countries may be uniquely affected by export controls.
  4. Export controls may affect companies and research institutions who employ foreign nationals or who collaborate with foreign nationals on research, even within the United States.
  5. There are exceptions.

12 Pearls of Wisdom for New Exporters from the U.S. Commercial Service
David Noah, the founder and president of Shipping Solutions, has recently made a list of tips for new exporters. He asked directors of various U.S. Commercial Service offices one simple question: "What's the most important piece of advice you give to new exporters?" The helpful tips include anything from planning ahead to meeting partners and customers face-to-face. Read Noah's full list of tips here

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Education Trade Mission to Africa
Date: March 7-10, 2016
Location: Johannesburg, Accra, and Abidjan
Cost: $2,800 for non-profit institutions or institutions with less than 500 employees, $3,300 for for-profit institutions with more than 500 employees
Registration deadline: January 16
This mission will seek to connect U.S. higher education institutions to potential students and university/institution partners in three African countries: South Africa, Ghana, and an optional stop in Cote d’Ivoire. The trade mission will include student fairs organized by EducationUSA, embassy briefings, site visits, and networking events in our target cities of Johannesburg, Accra, and Abidjan. The African continent has a growing middle class, and currently spends up to $900 million on education annually. Participation will be limited to 25 institutions on a first come basis. Learn more! For additional information, please contact Jennifer Woods at Jennifer.Woods@trade.gov or Debra Rogers at Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

 Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe: A World of Opportunity
Date: April 25-29, 2016
Location: Hannover, Germany
The United States is the partner country for Hannover Messe 2016, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. This means unmatched international exposure for U.S. companies and economic development organizations (EDOs) participating as exhibitors in the U.S. Pavilion. With the U.S. as the partner country for the first time in Hannover Messe history, your company or organization has an unprecedented opportunity to:

  • Connect directly to more than 200,000 attendees, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers, and members of the business media
  • Reach a global audience that comes from more than 70 countries
  • Network with more than 100 business delegations that come to the event ready to make business and investment deals
  • Connect across industry sectors from energy, industrial automation, digital factory, industrial supply, and research technology

Visit the new Hannover Messe 2016 website to learn more and to register your interest!

WEBINARS

Mexico's Booming Manufacturing Industry
Date: December 3
Time: 10:00 am CT
Cost: FREE
The automotive industry has been a key driver of growth in Mexico's manufacturing. Other industries are also growing increasing opportunities for U.S. exporters. This webinar will present an overview of Mexico's manufacturing industry, key players, and opportunities for U.S. exporters. We will also describe the Commercial Service services that will be available during Expo Manufactura. U.S. exporters of machinery, tools, inspection and quality control equipment as well as engineering services, tooling and tool makers, automated test equipment, custom cable and harness manufacturers and any MRO suppliers are all encouraged to join the call. Learn more and register now.

 Canada

License and Authorization of Medical Devices from Health Canada Webinar
Date: December 9
Time: 1:00 pm CT
Cost: $35
Health Canada reviews medical devices to assess their safety, effectiveness, and quality before being authorized for sale in Canada. Understanding the process of how to have your medical devices authorized for sale by Health Canada is the first step in entering the Canadian medical devices market. Learn more about this webinar. Contact Connie Irrera at Connie.Irrera@trade.gov with any questions. Register now!

Water Industry Business Opportunities in Ukraine Webinar
Date: December 10
Time: 10:00 am CT
Cost: $35
Join the U.S. Commercial Service for an informational webinar on business opportunities in the Ukraine water industry. Learn about the business opportunities for U.S. companies within Ukraine's growing infrastructure sections. Dmytro Donets, Head of the World Bank Urban Infrastructure Project Unit, will be the main speaker. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and to listen to answers provided to other participants. Learn more and register now!

Israel Soil Remediation Webinar
Date: December 16
Time: 10:00 am CT
Cost: $35
The U.S. Commercial Service presents an exclusive informational webinar on business opportunities in Israel, specific to the soil remediation sub-sector industry. Learn how the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service can assist companies in the soil remediation sub-sector and learn first hand from the Environment Service Company. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and listen to the answers provided to other participants. Learn more and register now!

Hannover Messe Informational Webinar Series
Date: December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16
Time: 10:00 am CT
Cost: FREE
Join us for the any of the four remaining informational webinars to discover the benefits of exhibiting at Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade show focusing on industrial equipment. For the first time ever, the U.S. will be featured as a Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2016, April 25-29, 2016 in Hannover Germany. There will be U.S. pavilions serving the following sectors: Instrumentation, Sensors and Controls; Process and Production Automation; Industrial Supply; U.S. Materials; Energy; Research and Technology; Automation Technology and Information Technology; and MobilTec, as well as a U.S. Investment Pavilion. To find out more about the opportunities for exhibitors at Hannover Messe 2016, learn more and register now! Contact Martha Butwin at Martha.Butwin@trade.gov or Janice Barlow at Janice.Barlow@trade.gov
with any questions.

Webinar Series on the Seattle Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit
Date: December 16, January 13, and March 9
Time: 10:30 CT for each webinar
Cost: FREE
Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle (April 14-15, 2016) is a supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier supplier and contract-manufacturers. Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a free informative webinar series explaining various components of the Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle. The first webinar will review highlights from the 2012 Seattle Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit. The second webinar will discuss the event's most wanted capabilities, services, and applications and what participants can expect. The third webinar will emphasize how participants should select and follow-up with non-U.S. OEMs and suppliers. Those interested in participating can register for an individual webinar or the whole three-part series.


Your U.S. Commercial Service / North Dakota Office 

Heather Ranck Heather Ranck
Office Director and International Trade Specialist
Ph: 701-239-5080
Email: Heather.Ranck@trade.gov
MeganKlosterman Megan Klosterman
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Megan.Klosterman@trade.gov  

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