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ND Global News - August 2017

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

U.S. Commercial Service / ND District Export Council Internship Position Available in September
- Help Solve Export Mysteries - Contracts and Export Pricing
NPR Story Features Local Companies, U.S. Commercial Service Office and Sen. Hoeven
- Senator Heitkamp Discusses Global Trade at Western ND Company Visit and Ag Roundtable
Rep. Cramer Receives Manufacturing Award, Talks Trade at Fargo Case New Holland Plant
Rep. Cramer to Represent US Energy on Presidential Delegation trip to Kazakhstan

Engaging Agriculture Forum in Armenia - September 27
Japan Beef Tariff Increase
Defense & Security Equipment Int'l (DSEI) Global Chat - Register by August 24
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - September 25
40th Anniversary USA College Day in London - September 29
Certified Trade Mission to Azerbaijan and Georgia - October 16 - 20
Domestic Aerospace export control seminars - September 11 - 12 & 13 - 14

2018 Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit (A&DSS) - October 18


U.S. Commercial Service / ND District Export Council  Internship Position Available in September
The U.S Commercial Service in Fargo is seeking an intern, starting in September. The position is a professional position. The student will assist the North Dakota Trade Specialist in preparing market research, analyzing company-by-company prospects in different markets, liaising with partner organizations, managing events, updating databases, and increasing export volume for North Dakota. For more information, visit http://2016.export.gov/northdakota/internship/index.asp.


Help solve export mysteries: How/Why should I sign a contract with an international dealer & Export Pricing
Last month's responses to the mystery of pricing for international customers can be found by clicking here. This month's mystery is how/why should you sign a contract with an international dealer. What tips/procedures do you follow when signing international contracts? What steps would you recommend for firms new to international contracts? Please submit responses to Joseph.Mwagura@trade.gov or Heather.Ranck@trade.gov and look for responses in next month's newsletter. 

NPR Stories profile North Dakota's role in the Global Economy
PRI The World, a joint production of NPR/BBC, recently launched a radio series titled 50 States: America's place in a shrinking world. North Dakota was one of the first states profiled. the three stories can be found by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. The U.S. Commercial Service's Heather Ranck was featured in the first part along with ND companies, and Sen. Hoeven was interviewed in the third part. Be sure to scroll down past the first paragraph and click play for audio.


Factory visit to Stone Mill, Richardton, ND (L-R):  Ambrose and Charlotte Hoff, Sen. Heitkamp,  Daneen Dressler, Heather Ranck, and Ty Dressler

Sen. Heitkamp discusses global trade at western ND company visit and ag roundtable
Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently held an ag roundtable and visited Richardton, ND-based Stone Mill - North America's largest organic food flax processing facility. U.S Commercial Service / North Dakota Director Heather Ranck participated in the roundtable and highlighted how Stone Mill relies on U.S. Commercial Service programs to be successful. Click here to view a story about Heitkamp's visit to Stone Mill from the Bismarck Tribune. 

Rep. Cramer to Attend Presidential Delegation Trip to Kazakhstan
Congressman Kevin Cramer will join US Energy Secretary Rick Perry on a Presidential Delegation 
trip to the Republic of Kazakhstan and to attend Expo 2017, an International Fair on "Future Energy" in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan. In addition to Cramer's trip to Kazakhstan.


(L-R) Charisse Fandrich from the Greater ND Chamber,  Rep. Cramer, Heather Ranck, and Aditya Garg (Case  Factory manager) at the NAM Award Event

Rep. Cramer Receives Manufacturing Award, Talks Trade at CNH event
U.S. Commercial Service / North Dakota Director Heather Ranck recently attended an award ceremony at Case New Holland in Fargo honoring Congressman Kevin Cramer's trade and agricultural advocacy in the House of Representatives.


Engaging Agriculture Forum in Armenia
A one-day exclusive conference regarding efficiency in agriculture will be held on September 27th in Yerevan, Armenia. Click here for more information and here for the complete agenda.

Japan Beef Tariff Increase
Japan has activated its safeguard mechanism on frozen beef imports, increasing the tariff rate from 38.5 percent to 50 percent for the balance of the year. Click here for the full story.

DSEI Global Chat and IFP
DSEI is a US Department of Commerce trade certified show and is one of the world's leading defense and security exhibitions with over 30,000 attendees. The audience will include top-level international military staff, major procurement officials, and the entire industry supply chain. DSEI has a proven track record of bringing the entire supply chain together on an unrivaled scale. For more information and to register, visit https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/ifp-reg/1061


Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The U.S. EU Safe Harbor Frameworks are no longer legally recognized as adequate. Gain in-depth knowledge about GDPR requirements, discover how GDPR can impact your business, and learn about the Privacy Shield Program. For more information and to register, click here.

40th Anniversary USA College Day in London
USA College Day is organized by the US-UK Fullbright Commission and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. The event takes place on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th in Central London. With nearly 200 US higher education institutions taking part, USA College Day is the largest US education fair in Europe. Exhibitors at USA College Day are promoted to over 100,000 British students, parents, and counselors and receive access to a detailed UK high school database with counselor contact details. The UK sent 11,600 British students to US universities last year. USA College Day is an opportunity to connect in person with over 4,500 students via a host of recruitment and promotion opportunities. Sign up to represent your institution today at http://www.fullbright.org.uk/college-day-university-registration.


Certified Trade Mission to Azerbaijan and Georgia
Azerbaijan and Georgia have many unexplored opportunities for American businesses. Key industries in Azerbaijan include oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and banking and finance. Key industries identified by the Georgian government include energy, tourism, technology, manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, and food processing. U.S. companies can participate in both stops or one.  But while traveling to the region from the U.S., it might be worthwhile to visit both countries to

  • explore these markets for new business opportunities
  • meet with pre-screened distributors, customers, and business partners
  • network with key business people and U.S. companies on the ground at Ambassadors' receptions and luncheons/dinners

The cost is $2,000 for each stop, with an additional $250 per person. For more information and to register (Azerbaijan) contact Susan Sadigova at the United States - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce at chamber.usacc.org. For more information and to register (Georgia) contact Irine Asatiani at the America Georgia Business Council at americageorgiabusiness@gmail.com.

Domestic Aerospace export control seminars
The U.S. Commercial Service Domestic Aerospace Team in Wichita and Kansas City, along with area partners, Global Trade Services and the Mid-America DEC are hosting export control seminars in Wichita and Overland Park, Kansas. The seminars will have an emphasis on aerospace and will be an excellent opportunity to hear from high-level experts in the U.S. Government and industry firms. Click here to register and for more information contact Holli at schletzbaum@kansasglobal.org.



2018 Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit
A&DSS is an opportunity for leaders in the aerospace industry to meet with potential industry partners. A&DSS is a matchmaking program strictly reserved for professionals from the global civil and defense aviation industry. On this webinar, you will hear from Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Alain Ngoie, BCI Aerospace, and the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace Team.

Date: October 18, 2017 11:00am Eastern
Location: Seattle, WA
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required 
For more information: contact Melissa Grosso at 860-638-6955 or Melissa.Grosso@trade.gov.



Your U.S. Commercial Service / North Dakota Office 

hr  Heather Ranck
Office Director, International Trade Specialist and Rural Team Leader
Ph: 701-239-5080
Email: Heather.Ranck@trade.gov  

Bryan Starner
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Bryan.Starner@trade.gov

 cp Carter Pedersen
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Carter.Pedersen@trade.gov
 jm Joseph Mwagura
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Joseph.Mwagura@trade.gov