Manufacturing Exporter News: June 2018

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Exporter Newsletter

June 2018

The monthly newsletter from the U.S. Commercial Service that promotes export opportunities for U.S. manufacturers.

Webinar: RoHS-Issues Impacting U.S. Exporters


Wednesday, June 6, 11:00am (EDT)

Companies selling electrical and electronic goods in the European Union must conform to the EU legislation for electrical and electronic equipment. The two most important directives, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), impose obligations and outcomes that EU Member States must achieve. When exporting to Europe, U.S. exporters need to be mindful that national rules for implementing each directive will differ from country to country. WEEE and RoHS Directives are complex pieces of legislation that apply to a similar range of products.     

This webinar will focus on current issues and actions under RoHS that could impact U.S. industry exporting to the EU. 

This one hour webinar costs $25. Register HERE

Webinar: Business Opportunities in Bulgaria, Romania, & Southeast Europe

June 7, 2018 11:00am-12:30pm (EDT)

Commerce Department Officers from the U.S. Embassies in Bucharest and Sofia will join Senior Commercial Attaches from the Embassies of Romania and Bulgaria (Washington, D.C.) to present business and investment opportunities in both countries and Southeast Europe -- for U.S. exporters coast-to-coast.   

The webinar costs $50. Click HERE to register or contact Anastasia Xenias for more information.

Webinar: Trends of Mexico’s Plastic Industry

June 28, 2018 11:00am EDT

Mexico’s plastic industry is worth $30 million. With increased production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE), this industry still depends highly on imports. Forty percent of Mexico’s total imports are related to plastics. In 2017, Mexico imported 4.2 million tons of plastic resins and 25% were of U.S. origin. This webinar will cover various topics including:

  • Trends and opportunities for U. S. exporters
  • Development of the recycling industry
  • Introduction to Expo Plasticos, international exhibition and business forum
  • Valuable market entry advice from Commercial Service specialists

For more information about this no-cost webinar, contact Mario Vidana.

Learn More About Export Control Regulations


Nationwide, Ongoing-September, 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is offering several nationwide seminars. Led by BIS's professional counseling staff, these seminars will provide your business with an in-depth examination of Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will also cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements.

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***Special session on Technology & Software Controls***

Houston, TX June 14, 2018

This day-long intermediate level session will offer a comprehensive look at how to comply with the U.S. export & reexport controls relating to technology and software. The instructors are experienced export policy specialists and engineers from BIS's Washington, D.C. headquarters. The session costs $300. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Protect Your Intellectual Property!


Nationwide, July 2018 - May, 2019

The Roadshow delivers critically important information about intellectual property to the audience that needs it most – start-ups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, independent creators, and inventors. The information is presented by experts from multiple government agencies that deal with intellectual property issues.

Participants will learn: 

  • How to identify and protect the various intellectual property assets they have; 
  • The mechanisms for obtaining IP protection in overseas markets and strategies for determining where they should seek protection; 
  • How to record their mark with Customs, with on-site help, in order to exclude counterfeit goods from entering the United States; 
  • How to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites; 
  • About government resources available to help U.S. business with intellectual property issues.

Find dates near you and learn more HERE.

Get Involved with World Bank-Funded Projects

world bank

The World Bank currently makes commitments of $60 billion/year and recent procurement reforms should make U.S. companies more competitive in the bidding process. So how can U.S. companies find World Bank-funded projects, bid on them, and win?

Here are four steps to help you get started:

  1. Review the World Bank web site to fully understand how the World Bank works with international projects.
  2. Consider focusing on a country or region in which you have already been successful.
  3. Sign up for project notices through the World Bank web site
  4. Contact your local U.S. Commercial Service office which can put you in touch with our Commerce Department employees at the World Bank or the other multilateral development banks.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Are you compliant?

The European Union (EU) is an important market for many U.S. businesses, and now firms must comply with new EU data protection requirements that entered into force on May 25, 2018 or face penalties. 

Certifying to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework through the U.S. Department of Commerce can help U.S. companies comply with GDPR data transfer requirements. The U.S. Commercial Service at the European Union (CSEU) is here to assist U.S. firms comply. Click HERE for more information.

Olympic Procurement Opportunities: Tokyo 2020


In just two years Tokyo, Japan will host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. While many tenders have been awarded there are still opportunities for U.S. firms to participate in the Olympic procurement process.

How can you get involved? The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has an English language website which gives general information on the procurement process, ongoing tenders, and tender results. Click HERE to learn more.

Export Destinations: Canada & Mexico

Video Series

The U.S. Commercial Service has created a dynamic series of videos that highlight business opportunities, leading sectors, and tips on how to do business in 20 key markets.

In this edition we spotlight:

Click on each country to learn directly from Commercial Service personnel what each market offers to you and your organization.

Stay tuned for next month's edition when we will highlight additional markets!

U.S. Commercial Service Resources

Click HERE to access the most recent market research and sector snapshots such as:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities in Europe 2018
  • Industry Snapshot: Manufacturing Technology Equipment
  • Industry Snapshot: Industrial Automation Equipment
  • 2018 Plastics Materials and Machinery Export Guide may be found HERE

Trade Events

International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Atlanta, Georgia - August 22-25, 2018

The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA® is a biennial trade show serving buyers from large production companies to small professional shops across the woodworking industry. Exhibiting companies from around the world introduce advanced industry technology to all of the above categories with new machinery, raw materials, supplies, tooling, hardware, specialized computer software and services. IWF is the 2nd largest show in the world serving the industry and provides buyers from around the world the unique opportunity to see side by side the most comprehensive innovative new technology available to the marketplace for machinery, supplies and services for the industry showcased by over 1,000 exhibitors. Contact Juanita Harthun for details. 

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Print/Packaging Trade Mission to Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – September 19-22, 2018

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech) invites U.S. print/packaging manufacturers to explore opportunities in Indonesia -the world’s 3rd fastest growing print packaging market. APTech is offering many benefits to trade mission participants including free tabletop exhibits at the PrintPack Outlook Conference and participation in the APTech booth at INDOPRINT/INDOPACK/INDOPLAS 3-in-1 Show. Contact Pernilla Jonsson for more information.

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Smart Manufacturing Conference

Zagreb, Croatia - September 2018 

The U.S. Commercial Service Zagreb office is coordinating a Smart Manufacturing Conference to bring together senior managers/buyers from Croatia’s manufacturing sector with U.S. companies offering solutions in:

  • Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Material Handling
  • Industrial Automation & Robotics
  • Industrial Machinery
  • New technologies -communications, data management, AI, cybersecurity

The conference will include a networking reception, forum for U.S. companies to present their solutions, an overview of Industry 4.0, and a special session on financing options. For more information, please contact Nina Cerkez.