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

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World Trade News and Events - November 2016

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

- Fargo-based Red River Commodities Expanding North
FRAUD ALERT - Scholarship Fund Scamming U.S. Educational Institutions
Basics of Exporting Video Series

Hanjin Shipping Closing European Operations
New Holland Agriculture to Acquire Kongskilde
Commercial Service Environmental Technologies Newsletter
International Education Connection Winter 2016-2017 Newsletter

SHOT Show 2017

Best Practices and Opportunities for Student Recruitment in Kazakhstan and Ukraine - December 8
Aerospace and Defense Opportunities in Mexico - November 29 
Trends Affecting the Automotive Aftermarket Environment
Building and Managing an International Distribution Network - December 6
Explore Opportunities in Brazil's Airport and Aviation Sectors - November 29



Fargo-based Red River Commodities Expanding North
Fargo-based Red River Commodities is opening a new trading company in Winkler, Manitoba. The new company will be named Red River Global Ingredients and will focus on specialty crops.
(Source: Red River Farm Network 10/24/16 Newsletter)


Scholarship Fund Scamming U.S. Educational Institutions 
A phony organization going by the name World Climate Change Challenge has been offering access to UN climate change scholarships for U.S. educational institutions, for a fee of $750. This is a complete scam, with over 100 colleges in the United States being defrauded. For more information please see the notice posted here.

Basics of Exporting Video Series
Check out this engaging three part video series from the U.S. Commercial Service. These short, informative videos cover all the basics of exporting. In addition, they coincide with in depth articles and other resources to help you make the most of the resources offered by the International Trade Administration and U.S. Commercial Service. They can be found on, or by click the following links. Part one: Export Process Overview, part two: Are you Export Ready?, and part three: My Export Plan.


Closing European Operations
Hanjin Shipping Company plans to close its European operations, in the latest sign that South Korea’s largest shipping company is headed toward liquidation. Hanjin has applied for court approval to close all 10 of its business operations in Europe, including its regional headquarters in Germany. The decision is part of a breakup process Hanjin kicked off earlier this month.
(Source: Red River Farm Network 10/31/16 Newsletter)


New Holland Agriculture to Acquire Kongskilde
New Holland Agriculture has an agreement to take over the Kongskilde brand. Kongskilde is a Danish company that specializes in tillage and hay and forage equipment. The acquisition includes two plants in Europe, one in Poland and one in Sweden.
(Source: Red River Farm Network 10/31/16 Newsletter)

CS Environmental Technologies Newsletter
Stay up-to-date with the latest news, events, and resources from the CS Environmental Technologies team. The Environmental Technologies team is dedicated to increasing the global competitiveness of the U.S. environmental technology industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. If interested in receiving updates, click here to register for their newsletters.

International Education Connection Winter Newsletter
Featured in this issue is a global education market update, education market research, and information regarding upcoming webinars and virtual outreach events. Stay informed with the Global Education Team by viewing their newsletter here.



SHOT Show 2017
The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show®) is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for professionals who sell products related to the shooting sports and hunting industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from more than 100 countries. SHOT Show is also the largest law enforcement and cutlery show in the United States.The show has an International Buyer Service certification this year, meaning U.S. Commercial Service is recruiting delegations so the show and there are multiple ways to connect with CS staff and their buyer delegations at the show. 
For more information, and to register click here.


Best Practices and Opportunities for Student Recruitment in Kazakhstan and Ukraine
This webinar will feature U.S. Commercial Service education specialists highlighting market characteristics, upcoming recruitment opportunities, and best practices for student recruitment. Both Ukraine and Kazakhstan have large pools of talented students seeking to study abroad; it is estimated that 40,000 Kazakh and 47,724 Ukrainian students are studying abroad.This is especially applicable to U.S. higher education institutions including undergraduate and graduate programs, community colleges, and summer programs looking to diversify their student body, increase enrollment, and get more information on how to connect with students.

When: Thursday, December 8
Time: 12pm EST / 11am CST

Cost: $30

For additional information and to register, click here.

Aerospace and Defense Opportunities in Mexico
Join the U.S. Commercial Service for an engaging webinar on Mexican Aerospace and Defense opportunities. You’ll also learn about the 2017 Mexico Aerospace Fair (FAMEX) and how to showcase your company with the U.S. pavilion organizer, Kallman Worldwide.

When: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 3pm EST /  2pm CST
Cost: $30

To register for this webinar, click here.

Trends Affecting The Automotive Aftermarket Environment
Speaker Mark Seng discusses "Five Trends in Five Minutes", the fourth webinar in the complimentary Indusry Analysis Series, brought to you by the Autocare Association. Click here to view the presentation.

Building and Managing an International Distribution Network
Join the Commercial Service and experts Leigh Catlin, a cosmetic industry executive, and Steven Richman, an international litigation attorney from the NJ District Export Council for a webinar focused on how to build and manage a successful international distributor network. 

When: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 2:00pm EST / 1:00pm CST 
Cost: $35

To register for this webinar, click here.

Explore Opportunities in Brazil's Airport and Aviation Sectors
Join us for a free webinar for U.S. exporters focused on the opportunities in Brazil's Airport and Aviation Sectors. Opportunities in Brazil are continually expanding, with the government privatizing five of the countries busiest airports since 2012, and increased funding in modernization. Learn about new developments, incentives, and necessary next steps by registering for this webinar here.

When: Tuesday, November 29
Time:2:00pm EST / 1:00pm CST
Cost: Free

Your U.S. Commercial Service / North Dakota Office 

hr  Heather Ranck
Office Director and International Trade Specialist
Ph: 701-239-5080

Bryan Starner
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033

cp  Carter Pedersen
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033

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