International Trade: April Newsletter

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April 1, 2019

Upcoming Events

Legal Essentials to Export Toolkit Training

Legal Essentials to Export Toolkit

Hosted by Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

These education programs are designed to help businesses identify legal and compliance issues that are relevant as businesses pursue export opportunities. Join Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC and special guest speakers for an interactive workshop to learn tips and tools to ensure compliance. Seminars are free but registration is required.

April 11 | Southfield "Intellectual Property & Business Partner Due Diligence"

May 9 | Traverse City "Export Control Overview Compliance"

September 19 | Grand Rapids Combination of both trainings listed above

Click here for details and registration for each event.

Meet with the Michigan China Center

Discover your company’s export potential in China. Ning Shao, Michigan China Center director, will be visiting Michigan May 6-10, 2019. Spots are filling quickly so contact your international trade manager or email to schedule a meeting today! This event is a precursor to Automation Alley’s trade mission to the region on September 13-20, 2019.

An expert on strategic business development and public affairs, Ning Shao, has counseled over 100 organizations on public affairs and business development with China over the past 20-plus years. Shao has worked on a diverse range of projects for corporate clients such as Lockheed Martin, IBM, Goodyear, Lincoln Electric, General Motors, Hershey, and Coca-Cola.

Shao has also led an Interpublic Group (IPG) Task Force to work on more than 20 Shanghai Expo projects. In 2012, Mr. Shao managed the establishment of the Michigan China Center in Shanghai, and has hosted seven annual Michigan China Missions led by Governor Rick Snyder from 2012 to 2018.

Travel dates and locations:
May 6: Troy
May 7: Troy*
May 8: Ann Arbor 
May 9: Kalamazoo
May 10: Grand Rapids

*Available for afternoon meetings - speaking at Automation Alley's Doing Business in China and Thailand event the same day

Partner Events

Harmonized Schedule Classification

Fundamentals of Harmonized
Schedule Classification

Two opportunities to attend: April 17 in Grand Rapids & April 25 in Kalamazoo
Van Andel Global Trade Center

Understanding how to classify products under the Harmonized System (HS) is essential in keeping your global supply chain moving. HS classification is an important component in both export declaration for export shipments and the customs entry for import shipments. The HS classification is central to determining both export eligibility and import duty rates and taxes. The correct HS classification is also central to determining if products qualify for preferential tariff treatment under the many free trade agreements.

Topics include:
• Understanding and applying the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI)
• Utilizing section notes, chapter notes, headings, and subheadings
• Classifying parts and kits
• Managing HS classification data and more!

Click here for details and registration.

World IP Day Event

World IP Day 2019

Bridging the Intersection of IP & Regulations

April 25, 2019
Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan
East Lansing

Join us for this one day event at the MSU College of Law. We will explore the complexities of protecting your intellectual property while meeting industry regulations both nationally and internationally. We'll discuss the challenges and solutions industry leaders have taken to address brand management and protection measures at different stages of  the supply chain.

Start the day by earning a certificate in the basics of brand protection, international sales, or global food law during the opening seminars; apply the newly gained knowledge during the panels and strategy sessions, which include time and space for strategizing and networking with others; and wrap the day up with a networking reception designed to solidify newly forged relationships.

Click here for details and registration. 

Michigan China Center Director Visit

Doing Business in China and Thailand

May 7, 2019
Automation Alley

Join Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, and a lineup of international business experts for a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China and Thailand. This event is open to small-to-mid size companies interested in doing business in China and Thailand, and is a precursor to Automation Alley’s trade mission to the region on September 13-20, 2019. Ning Shao, Chief Executive at the Michigan China Center, is the keynote speaker.

Topics will include the changing dynamics of doing business globally, including manufacturing trends and fiscal and legal reforms. The event will also include case studies and information on industry sectors with a high demand for Michigan-made products, services and technologies. Learn from experts about market entry strategies and how to identify reputable business partners.

Click here for details and registration. 

NADEC Annual Export Conference

2019 NADEC Annual Export Conference

May 21-22, 2019
National Association of District Export Councils
Arlington, Virginia

Don't miss the exporting event of the year!

NADEC Annual Export Conference brings together distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officers, manufacturers, service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities and Challenges on focused sectors and regions.

Listen to business leaders and exporters in break-out sessions and exciting panel discussions, experience speed-networking with other exporters, and discuss specific concerns and challenges with experts in table topic discussions. 

Click here for details and registration. 

Export Compliance Event

Complying with U.S. Export Controls & How to Build an Export Compliance Program

June 11-13, 2019
Bureau of Industry and Security & East Michigan District Export Council

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the East Michigan District Export Council, with the support of the U.S. Commercial Service, are hosting Complying with U.S. Export Controls and How to Build an Export Compliance Program June 11, 12, & 13, 2019. This is a one, two or three-day, hands-on workshop designed for all levels of expertise on export control issues and a great opportunity to learn directly from BIS regulatory experts. Don’t miss it!

The program will cover U.S. Government export controls including:

• Types of Controls
• Classifying your product
• Developing an export management compliance program
• Changes under the Export Control Reform initiative
• Laws and policies on U.S. economic and trade sanctions worldwide
• Licensing requirements and more!

Click here for details and registration. 

For more information about the MEDC International Trade Services
visit our website, contact, or your regional International Trade Manager. Follow us on LinkedIn!