International Trade: October Newsletter

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October 1, 2019

Just annouced! MEDC's trade
mission schedule for 2020

Click here to see which markets the Trade team will visit in 2020

Upcoming Trade Missions & Events

Arab Health 2020

Arab Health Trade Mission

January 24 - February 1, 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

MEDC is once again sponsoring a Michigan booth at Arab Health, the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region, and is seeking companies to exhibit within the Michigan booth. The 2020 edition of the event will welcome more than 4,150 exhibiting companies and 84,500 attendees from 160+ countries. 

Sectorization: Arab Health 2020 will be sectorized to improve and target traffic flow, fast track connections, increase better quality leads, and align with standard practices within the trade show industry. MEDC will sponsor a booth located within the US Pavilion in the Medical Device sector. Companies are welcome to exhibit within the Michigan booth regardless of product sector.

Included Services: Hotel accommodations, welcome reception, mission briefing, entry fee to Arab Health and company kiosk within Michigan booth in Medical Device sector, networking events, logistical assistance, and customized B2B matchmaking meetings. 

Financial Assistance: Cost to participate is $5,000 per company and each additional representative is $1,500. 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 

The deadline to register is October 18, 2019.
Click here for more details and to register.

India Trade Mission

Trade Mission to India

Hosted by Automation Alley
January 31 - February 8, 2020
New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, India

Automation Alley and MEDC are seeking Michigan companies to join the trade mission to India, the world's fastest growing economy. India, a nation of 1.3 billion consumers, has an especially strong demand for Michigan-made products, services and technologies.

Included Services: Hotel accommodations, mission briefing, receptions, networking events, customized B2B matchmaking meetings, business tours, and in-country ground transportation. 

Financial Assistance: Cost to participate is $5,500 per company for non-Automation Alley members. 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 

The deadline to register is November 30, 2019.
Click here for more details and to register.

Interested in learning about your company's potential in India?

Meet with the Michigan India Center

Supriya Kanetkar of the Michigan India Center will visit Michigan from October 8-11, 2019. If you're interested in meeting with Supriya during her visit, contact your international trade manager or email 

Travel dates and locations:
October 8 – Lansing
October 9– Grand Rapids
October 10 & 11 – Troy

While in Michigan, Supriya Kanetkar will be speaking at the Trade & Investment Opportunities in India event on 10/11. Meeting times are available around the event. See below for event details.

Incoterms Event

Partner Events

2019 African Business Symposium:
Venture Capital, Technology, & Entrepreneurship

October 4, 2019
Are you an exporter or local entrepreneur exploring or already working with African companies? Attend the African Business Symposium to discover the immense opportunities that exist in these emerging markets. 

Click here for more details and to register.

Trade and Investment Opportunities in India:
World's Fastest Growing Market

October 11, 2019
If you're ready to go global, consider India as your next destination for business growth. With a booming economy on pace to grow 6.7% this year, India is ready to eclipse China as the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Join a group of international business experts for a deep dive into India's promising business opportunities.

Click here for more details and to register.

Incoterms Rules for Americans

October 15, 2019
Want to learn how to reduce misunderstandings among traders to minimize trade disputes and litigation? Brush up on your incoterms, a set of rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts. This seminar provides the information you need to use these improved Incoterms rules to your advantage. 

Click here for more details and to register.


October 18, 2019
Join this seminar to learn about the qualification process which will either continue under NAFTA or adapt new changes through the USMCA. You'll gain a clear understanding of the rules, regulations, and best practices in place headed into 2020. 

Click here for more details and to register.

What's new with the Trade team?

Consular Corps Reception

Last week, the Trade team attended the 27th Annual Consular Corps Reception at the Governor’s residence. The event is an opportunity for the international community in Michigan to come together with decision makers and business leaders across the state. Attendees included the Michigan Consular Corps; select Consuls General from Chicago; the cabinet, legislative leadership; university presidents and international staff; international chambers of commerce and other international groups in Michigan; and local economic development officials.

Trade team at the Consular Corps Reception

Pictured at the Consular Corps (left to right): Brendan Cherry, MEDC International Trade Manager (ITM); Alyssa Tracey, MEDC International Trade Director; Chris Bosio, ITM; Silvia Alonso, Mexico Trade Center; Jacob Schroeder, ITM; Nancy Ward, Canada Trade Center; Natalie Chmiko, MEDC VP of International Trade and PMBC; and David Newhouse, ITM. 

Canada & Mexico Centers Visit Michigan

Attending the Consular Corps with the Trade team were MEDC’s International Trade Center representatives Nancy Ward (Canada Center) and Silvia Alonso (Mexico Center). Nancy and Silvia were in Michigan to meet in person with many companies and local partners across the state. Both representatives presented during the Van Andel Global Trade Center “Doing Business in Mexico and Canada” program on 9/25. 

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