International Trade: July Newsletter

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July 1, 2019

Featured Events

ExporTech Programs

Join an upcoming ExporTech program
in Mid-Michigan
or Upper Peninsula

and jumpstart your global
business development plans!

ExporTech™, the national export assistance program that helps companies accelerate their growth in global markets, is returning to Michigan to visit the Mid-Michigan Region and Upper Peninsula this fall.

ExporTech is a structured export strategy and business development process that assists 4-8 companies over a 10-week period to develop written strategic plans for export growth and connect with a wide range of experts to catalyze export sales.

ExporTech™ Program Highlights:
• Only national program that results in a customized export growth plan for each company
• Designed for manufacturing and technology company executives
• Intensive, structured process with workshops, planning tools, and individual coaching
• Connect to a wide range of local and national resources
• Peer group model which drives accountability, action, learning, and networking
• Individual coach and team of students to assist with research and strategic plan
• Program is designed for CEOs, VPs, and Directors responsible for international growth

Dates and Locations:
Saginaw – September 6, October 11, November 15
Marquette – September 9, October 14, November 18

Discounts Available:
MI-STEP grants are available for qualified companies to cover 50% of fee. More information can be found at 

For questions or to apply, please contact:
Chris Bosio, MEDC International Trade Manager
at or 517-348-9256

Upcoming Events

Trade Mission to China

Trade Mission to China & Thailand

Hosted by Automation Alley
September 13-20, 2019
Guangzhou & Shenzhen, China & Bangkok, Thailand

Automation Alley invites small and medium-sized Michigan businesses to join its trade mission to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China as well as Bangkok, Thailand to learn more about business expansion into these thriving overseas markets. Spots are filling quickly so register for the mission today! Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 10.

Financial Assistance:
Cost to participate is $4,600 and participation is limited to 10 companies. Eligible companies may qualify for MI-STEP Grant funds to offset 50% of the cost to travel. For more information, contact your International Trade Manager or visit

Click here for more information.
To join the mission, contact
Lisa Lasser, International Business Services,
at 248-457-3283 or

Trade Mission to Australia

Trade Mission to Australia

Hosted by the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers
November 18-22, 2019
Sydney & Melbourne, Australia

Join the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers trade mission to Australia! The delegation will visit Sydney and Melbourne. Each participant receives a customized schedule of B2B meetings with prospective customers and business partners. Participants also benefit from networking events and logistical support provided by the GSGP Australia Trade Office.

Financial Assistance:
Eligible companies may qualify for MI-STEP Grant funds to offset 50% of the cost to travel (including airfare, hotels, and transportation). For more information, contact your International Trade Manager or visit

Cost to participate is $1,500 per company and each additional representative is $500. 
The deadline to register is August 16, 2019.

Click here for more details and to register.

Webinar: Doing Business in Australia

Interested in learning more about the Australian Market?

Join us on July 10, 2019 for this free webinar! Learn from experts about Australian business market opportunities and key industry sectors. Participants will also hear more about GSGP's Australia Trade Mission taking place from November 18-22, 2019. 

Click here for details and registration. 

Partner Events

Basics of Exporting Event

Exporting Demystified:
Tips for Growing Your Business Globally

Automation Alley
July 24, 2019

Did you know that 95.5% of the world’s total population of 7.5 billion consumers reside outside of the U.S.? Similarly, an estimated 82% of the world’s total purchasing power today extend beyond our nation’s borders. For these reasons, your company’s future success largely depends on diversifying your markets globally while satisfying the world’s appetite for American-made products, services and technologies.

This event will feature international business experts who will share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business worldwide. They will also demystify the export process and explain why the opportunities to sell overseas far outweigh the challenges. You will learn about the many resources designed to help small- and medium-sized companies launch their products around the world.

Speakers will provide case studies on how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of business opportunities overseas while sidestepping some of the common hurdles faced by first-time exporters. They will also focus on countries around the world with the highest demand for Michigan’s goods and services.

Click here for more details and to register.

Exporting Event

Customs Valuation

Van Andel Global Trade Center
August 7, 2019
Grand Rapids

The declaration of value, in the context of international trade, is one of the most important requirements for the movement of goods globally. This is true for both U.S. exports and imports. The WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation, agreed to in 1994, sets a global standard for valuation methodology. Most countries establish the basis of their required customs values on these global standards. Join us on August 7th to learn more about customs valuation methods.

Click here for more details and to register.

Trade mission to South America

Trade Mission to Central America

U.S. Commercial Service
August 18-23, 2019
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Panama

The Central America Region is experiencing growth in both development and expansion within a variety of sectors. The region is close geographically and culturally to the U.S. Products and companies from the U.S. are synonymous with quality. 

The Trade Americas program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore and visit seven markets in Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Panama.

In conjunction with the trade mission, the U.S. Commercial Service‘s Trade Americas Business Opportunities in Latin America Conference will take place in Washington D.C. on August 18, 2019. The conference will focus on regional specific sessions, market access, deal negotiation, trade financing resources, and pre-arranged one-one-one consultations with U.S. Diplomats from 25 countries with expertise in Latin America markets.

What to Expect:
The combination of participation in the Trade Americas Conference and business-to-business matchmaking appointments in one or two countries will provide participants with access to strategies for expanding their business across the region.

Click here for more details and to register.

Discover Global Markets Registration

Discover Global Markets:
Powering & Building the Middle East & Africa

U.S. Commercial Service
September 30 - October 2, 2019
Houston, TX

Join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Houston District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Powering & Building the Middle East & Africa. Seize the opportunity to network with international executives, business development and marketing professionals, engineers, project owners, developers, and government officials. Walk away with the knowledge it takes to compete globally and transform market potential into market success.

Business Opportunities
• FEATURED MARKETS: Algeria, Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the West Bank
• Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Officers and Specialists
• Meet One-on-One with foreign buyers from the featured markets and U.S. OEMS
• Connect with more than 200 exporters of energy, engineering, construction and transportation services and products
• Learn about international opportunities in sub-sectors including oil & gas extraction and distribution, solar energy, wind energy, electric power distribution, mining, architecture, building products, HVAC, and more

Click here for more details and to register.

For more information about the MEDC International Trade Services
visit our website, contact, or your regional International Trade Manager.
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