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  • Submitted on 27 September 2016

    The Business Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will provide valuable insight to new and experienced exporters who will gain knowledge of export opportunities in this dynamic region. Companies will learn about best prospects, legal considerations, global logistics, export financing, eCommerce, leveraging CATA-DR, and export tax incentives in 7 countries in Central America. Participants will also understand and appreciate the cultural differences, economic conditions, and technological capabilities of potential partners.

  • Submitted on 03 August 2016

    Created on August 3, 2016
     

    Michael Waters is an International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service office in Atlanta

    Business woman Ensuring your company’s website is user-friendly can attract customers from abroad.In this digital age, a website is a necessity for any business of any size across all industries. A company’s website speaks about the organization and should be viewed by management as a virtual introduction of products and services offered to prospective customers.

    However, working with international customers presents its own unique set of circumstances, especially when it comes to websites. For example, is there a link for international sales inquiries on your company’s website? And if so, what details are you requesting? What does your site look like on a mobile device or when translated into a foreign language? These are a few questions that every organization needs to consider when designing a website that offers a product or service for international customers.

    Globalizing your company’s website does not have to be overly technical. This article will provide a few easily implementable suggestions that anyone can apply, with the ultimate goal of increasing international sales.

  • Submitted on 27 July 2016

    Created on July 27 2016
     

    New Webinar Series: Business Opportunities in the Pacific Rim

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a series of complimentary webinars focusing on business opportunities in leading and emerging Pacific Rim markets that are included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    The webinars will focus on the 11 TPP countries and will cover:

  • Submitted on 10 May 2016

    Created on May 10, 2016
     

    Trans-Pacific Partnership logoU.S companies have a brand new resource available to them with the recently released Trans-Pacific Partnership Opportunities by Market report from the International Trade Administration (ITA). Educating U.S businesses and workers on the benefits of TPP is an important role for ITA. The ITA Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) series of factsheets highlight opportunities for businesses by state, sector and now for each of the TPP markets. With this added report businesses can reference each of the 11 TPP partner markets’ top export sectors, how TPP will make it easier to do business in each of the TPP partner markets, or explore how existing tariffs will be eliminated once TPP is enacted.

    TPP will offer a more balanced trade environment for U.S. businesses of all sizes. This agreement encompasses a diverse range of 11 countries, opening the door for new trade opportunities and improving on existing trade relationships. Goods exports to TPP countries supported 3.1 million U.S. jobs in 2014. In that same year the TPP countries for which the United States does not have an existing trade agreement (Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Vietnam) collectively accounted for $726.5 billion in exports.

  • Submitted on 18 April 2016

    Created on April 18, 2016
     

    Tariff ToolWith the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) provided a first-of-its-kind way for U.S. businesses to calculate the tariff benefits for their products in U.S. free trade agreement partner countries. ITA has now expanded that tool to include tariff information for the 11 countries that recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    For any exporter, especially an SME, researching the tariff rate for their product in an FTA partner market can be costly and time consuming.  The tariff schedules among our 11 TPP partners account for thousands of pages in the agreement.  If an exporter is lucky enough to find out where their specific product is in the tariff schedule, they may still have challenges determining what that tariff will be next year, or in five years, or in 10 years. Businesses – especially smaller companies – need this information for sound business planning in the medium and long term.

  • Submitted on 10 March 2016

    Created on March 10, 2016
     

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the South Florida District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: The Americas. This conference brings together trade experts, economists, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities, challenges, and winning strategies across the region. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the Western Hemisphere.

    Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats:

    Whether to explore market opportunities or receive help in overcoming challenges, meet with U.S. commercial diplomats from throughout the Western Hemisphere to get your questions answered.

  • Submitted on 03 March 2016

    Created on March 3, 2016
     

    For more than 45 years, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) supported the economic growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) initially only through domestic operations. It was in 2003 that MBDA published its first export report titled Globalization and Minority-Owned Businesses in the United States: Assessment and Prospects.

    The report led to the creation of our Global Business Strategies, subsequent research on MBE exporters, and the 2012 release of an export fact sheet that took a closer look at the exceptional export capabilities of MBEs, which revealed that minority-owned firms are:

  • Submitted on 19 February 2016

    Created on February 19, 2016
     

    With Valentine's Day a recent memory and the Groundhog predicting an early end to winter, the focus of the American public turns to consumer goods; items such as jewelry for your loved one, recreational vehicles, or sports gear for the summer.

    It's no surprise that the world enjoys many of these items that are made in the United States, leather goods, contact lenses, footwear, sporting equipment and musical instruments are sought after across the world. In 2014, more than 10 states saw consumer goods exports to Asian countries exceed $50 million. These states were spread across the country. Both coasts, as well as the heartland were represented across the Asia-Pacific.

  • Submitted on 29 December 2015

    Created on December 29, 2015
     

    TPP Made in AmericaThe Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP unlocks opportunities for U.S. small and medium-sized businesses, which are the backbone of the U.S. economy. By addressing trade barriers that are particularly challenging for small businesses to navigate, TPP allows our small businesses to reach new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Eliminating foreign taxes in the form of tariffs across the TPP region. These barriers can price out of foreign markets many of the goods and agricultural products made by U.S. small businesses.

    Making it cheaper, easier, and faster for businesses to get their products to market by creating efficient and transparent customs procedures that help move goods quickly through borders.

  • Submitted on 10 September 2015

    Created on September 10, 2015
     

    Antwaun Griffin is the International Trade Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations.

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations delivers keynote at MMBA Power Luncheon.Last week, I, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and my esteemed colleague Joann J. Hill, Chief, Office of Business Development for the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, participated in the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Power Luncheon in Jackson, Mississippi. I was honored to deliver keynote remarks at the luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. (MMBA) to promote international trade and economic development in Mississippi by providing information on business opportunities for individuals and businesses, including minority and women-owned companies, major corporations and institutions.

    In Washington, DC, relatively far from Jackson, I lead the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Service domestic network of more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs). I frequently visit our offices and the organizations our USEACs partner with to help U.S. businesses begin exporting or export to more markets overseas. My part of the economic development pie is only exports; however, the Department of Commerce as a whole touches numerous aspects of economic development. Among many other resources — like the National Weather Service, which is always an interesting thing to point out — Department of Commerce bureaus offer trade counseling, technical programs, regional planning, and a variety of other resources that benefit U.S. businesses.
    Within Commerce, my peers like Joann Hill collaborate across the country with other federal, state, local and private organizations similar to MMBA. These are critical relationships because the more robust, collaborative, and widespread they are – as in Jackson – the more of a synergy they create.

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