ND Global News - Healthy Oilseeds Conquers Trade Barriers, Mattracks Success at Agritechnica, Internship Opening, New Research Tool for Exporters and More

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ND Global News - December 2018
Newsletter of the U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo, North Dakota

LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS
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Local Success - Healthy Oilseed Conquers Trade Barriers in Two Countries
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Local Success - Mattracks Expands With Help of Agritechnica & Research
- Mathew Finneseth Completes US Commercial Service Internship
- Export Assistant Internship Available
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Director of US Patent and Trademark Office Visits Fargo
- ITA Releases Market Diversification Tool
- Institute of International Education Releases State Reports for 2018
- Group Gold Key Available for Zambia

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS
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USTR Looking for Public Comment on Multiple Trade Deals
- BIS Develops New Assistance on EAR for Small Businesses
- USA Fair 2019 Showcases Opportunities in Nigeria
- Comment Period for Restricting Exports of Emerging Technologies Announced
- Virtual Reality Education Fair Offered with Mexico
- Call for Gas Project Proposals from USTDA
- Resource Released for Businesses to Prepare for Brexit

WEBINARS
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Webinar Offered for Cybersecurity Landscape in Argentina, Peru, and Chile
RoHS Webinar for US Exports Scheduled

LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS

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Healthy Oilseeds Conquers Trade Barriers in Two Countries
Healthy Oilseeds, based in Carrington, ND, recently encountered trade barriers in Peru and Algeria. After working with the US Commercial Service and several other federal departments, Healthy Oilseeds was able to export their products to both countries. For the entire article, click here.

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Mattracks Expands With Help of Agritechnica & Research
Mattracks, rubber track manufacturers based in Karlstad, Minnesota, participated in a number of different US Commercial Service programs that recently led to new international partners and sales. Through market research, the company was able to nail down Germany as a potential top market, leading to the USA Pavilion at Agritechnica, the largest ag trade show in the world. For the entire story, click here.

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Mathew Finneseth Completes US Commercial Service Internship
Mathew Finneseth is leaving the US Commercial Service after an eight month export assistantship. Matt will work at Roers, a Fargo-based developer and construction company, as a staff accountant. During his time in the CS North Dakota office, Matt completed research for numerous local firms, and also did in-depth research on the oil and gas export opportunities for ND oil, and he completed a major research study into databases being used within the International Trade Administration. After working on his Master's degree in accounting at NDSU, Matt is looking forward to beginning his career and marrying his fiancee in June 2019. One of the biggest highlights of the Export Assistantship for Matt was working with his office co-workers. Matt's assistantship was supported by the ND Trade Office / NDSU Export Assistantship program.

Export Assistant Internship Available
The U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo has an opening for a student intern, with preference given to graduate students. 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, click here.

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Director of US Patent and Trademark Office Visits Fargo
Andrei Iancu, Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, visited Fargo on Friday, November 30th to deliver remarks at the State of Technology conference that is hosted annually by Sen. John Hoeven. Iancu also participated in a roundtable hosted at the NDSU Research and Tech Park by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and attended by Gov. Burgum and NDSU President Dean Bresciani. The roundtable gave North Dakota academics and business leaders an opportunity to discuss their best practices and needs related to protecting their intellectual property rights. Heather Ranck, Office Director and International Trade Specialist for the US Commercial Service, participated in the roundtable and discussed ways the U.S. Commercial Service assists local companies with international intellectual property protection, including tapping into the thirteen USPTO Intellectual Property Attaches around the world.

ITA Releases Market Diversification Tool
The International Trade Administration (ITA), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released a market diversification tool. The tool uses a company's Harmonized Code to generate reports showing trade patterns and make recommendations as to what new markets exporters should be looking at. The tool crunches through millions of data points to give results on markets with potential almost instantly. Public webinars are available on multiple dates for companies and individuals to learn how to use the tools and analyze the results. For more information about webinar dates and the market diversification tool, click here.  

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Institute of International Education Releases State Reports for 2018
The Institute of International Education (IIE) released their yearly reports on international students per state. The reports track number of international students in colleges and universities by state, number of US citizens studying abroad for credit, comparisons to other states, etc. Click for the North Dakota report and Minnesota report.

Group Gold Key Available for Zambia
The US Commercial Service Maryland office is inviting companies outside of Maryland to participate in a group Gold Key to Zambia in February 2019. Gold Keys provide opportunities for companies to meet one-on-one with pre-vetted, interested potential buyers over the course of two days. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the US Ambassador to Zambia and AMCHAM Zambia (American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia). Sectors of best fit include infrastructure development (specific to road and bridge construction), medical supplies and equipment, solar energy technology, mining, agriculture, and theme park design and ride manufacturers. For more information, email heather.ranck@trade.gov. 
Date: February 25-28, 2019
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Cost: Sliding scale based on company size

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS

USTR Looking for Public Comment on Multiple Trade Deals
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) is in the process of  negotiating trade deals with the United Kingdom, Japan, and the European Union. USTR is looking for public comment on all three deals. The US-Japan deal public hearing took place on December 10th. Click here to comment on the US-United Kingdom Trade deal before the January 15th deadline. Click here to comment on the US-EU trade deal.

BIS Develops New Assistance on EAR for Small Businesses
The Bureau of Industry and Statistics (BIS) announced a new page on their website for small businesses and new to exporting companies to better understand the export administration regulations (EAR). The web page provides an easy place for exporters to find basic regulations quickly. There is also a feature for companies to submit questions directly to regulatory counselors. Click here to explore the web page.

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USA Fair 2019 Showcases Opportunities in Nigeria
The USA Fair 2019 will be held in Lagos, Nigeria for American manufactures, suppliers, and service providers across multiple sectors. Nigeria is one of Africa's largest market, and the fair will give US companies an opportunity for meetings, conferences, and exhibit for Nigerian companies. For more information, click here.
Dates: May 21-23, 2019
Cost: $2,000

Comment Period for Restricting Exports of Emerging Technologies Announced
The Trump administration announced a thirty day comment period for new rules that would restrict the export of critical and emerging technologies. The rule is part of a defense bill passed last August that allows for controlling the export of goods that can give other countries an economic or competitive advantages, not just for military use. Biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. are potential industries affected by the rule. The deadline to submit comments is December 19th. For more information, click here. To submit a comment, click here.

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Virtual Reality Education Fair Offered with Mexico
The US Commercial Service Global Education Team is offering a Virtual Education Fair with virtual reality technology (VR-VEF). Top recruitment agents and high school counselors will be in attendance to hear from US schools. Schools will be able to give a ten minute presentation on their programs and a 1-2 minute, 360 degree video to allow for an immersive experience. For more information about the VR-VEF or to participate, email gabriela.zelaya@trade.gov. 
Date: Wednesday, January 30th
Time: 1:00 PM CST
Cost: $1,000

Call for Gas Project Proposals from USTDA
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is calling for initial proposals for gas sector related projects from US companies working in emerging markets. An initial concept paper relating to gas infrastructure development is required by January 28, 2019 to be considered for funding. Click here for more information.

Resource Released for Businesses to Prepare for Brexit
The European Commission released a resource to help companies that do business in the European Union and the United Kingdom. The guide provides basic information about how regulations relating to licensing, data privacy, etc. may change. The document can be found here.

WEBINARS

Webinar Offered for Cyber Security Landscape in Argentina, Peru, and Chile
The US Commercial Service is offering a webinar focused on the cyber security industries of Argentina, Peru, and Chile. In-country experts will cover topics such as industry drivers, trends, and key players. Click here for more information. 
Date: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: $25

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RoHS Webinar for US Exports Scheduled
The US Commercial Service will be holding a webinar about recent developments of Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS). US Companies selling electrical and electronic goods into the EU must conform to the EU legislation for electrical and electronic equipment. Changes that will impact US companies will be discussed, in addition to information about the comment period, ending December 21st. For more information and to register, click here.
Date: Tuesday, December 11th
Time: 10:00 AM CST


 

 Your U.S. Commercial Service / North Dakota Office 

hr  Heather Ranck
Office Director and International Trade Specialist
Ph: 701-239-5080
Email: Heather.Ranck@trade.gov  
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Haley Coffield
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Haley.Coffield@trade.gov
 Joshua Joshua Erickson 
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Joshua.Erickson@trade.gov
 matt Mathew Finneseth
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: Mathew.Finneseth@trade.gov
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Kole Nichols
Export Assistant
Ph: 701-239-5033
Email: kole.nichols@trade.gov

 


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