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  • Submitted on 18 October 2016

    Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities. This conference for U.S. exporters brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. 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 world.

  • 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 22 September 2016

    U.S. Metro Area Goods Exports in 2015Now more than ever, U.S. businesses know how important it is to take advantage of export opportunities around the world. From coast to coast, businesses are selling their world-class goods to the more than 95 percent of potential customers who live outside our borders. The 2015 Metropolitan Area Export Overview  is a clear indicator of this movement, as many cities have increased exports or even set records. And along with the nation’s largest metropolitan areas sending out more American goods, many smaller areas have also set trade records.

    Now to the numbers: U.S. metropolitan area goods exports exceeded 1.3 trillion in 2015, and accounted for 89 percent of goods exported from the United States. There were 156 metro areas that exported more than $1 billion of goods to consumers around the world. There were 14 metro areas that exported more than $20 billion of goods in 2015.

  • Submitted on 25 August 2016

    Created on August 25, 2016

    The U.S. Commercial Service will head to Latin America in September with about 100 U.S. companies and organizations, to cultivate trade and investment deals between the United States and some of our key regional partners.

    The Trade Winds trade mission and business forum is one of our flagship events in the Commercial Service. Trade Winds has taken  more than 800 U.S. companies and organizations to six global regions in the last nine years, facilitating more than $239 million in business deals, with the majority of our attendees being small to medium-sized enterprises.

  • Submitted on 23 August 2016

    Created on August 23, 2016

    Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

    Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining with 21st Century Infrastructure
    Chicago, IL • November 1-3, 2016

  • Submitted on 18 August 2016

    Created on August 18, 2016

    Small business exporters can learn how EXIM products can empower them to increase foreign sales by clicking here or visiting the homepage at

  • Submitted on 18 August 2016


    Created on August 18, 2016

    After decades of civil unrest, the Colombian government reached a ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on June 23, 2016. The ceasefire deal was the last major step in reaching a final peace agreement, expected by the second half of August, according to Colombia’s Minister of Post-Conflict, Rafael Pardo. Peace is expected to bring many benefits to Colombia, including improved rule of law, security, and increased investment. This improved business environment has the potential to open a number of new opportunities for to U.S. companies.The U.S. is an important trade and investment partner for Colombia. U.S.-based companies have been exporting an increased number products to Colombia since the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement went into effect in 2012.

    U.S. goods exports to Colombia stood at $16.3 billion in 2015, having grown 14% since the implementation of the agreement - compared to just 1.2% growth in U.S. goods exports worldwide over the same period. This makes Colombia our third largest export destination in Latin America.

  • Submitted on 15 August 2016

    Created on August 15, 2016

    Gabriel Ojeda runs a small concrete additive business called Fritz-Pak out of a modest warehouse just east of Dallas with his wife and son. Gabriel Ojeda runs a small concrete additive business called Fritz-Pak out of a modest warehouse just east of Dallas with his wife and son. They manufacture 40 different specialty products, including plasters you’d find in swimming pools or sports stadiums. Sales were steady—until the 2008 recession hit. Gabriel had to lay off three of his 14 employees, and was nearly forced to sell off the business. When Gabriel’s family came up with the idea of pursuing sales in global markets, they sought out private financing—but when a typical export sale is only 10 or 12 thousand dollars, a local bank isn’t always interested in financing. So when private financing proved unavailable, the company turned to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) for a reliable insurance package to protect their overseas sales. 

    In 2011, EXIM Bank approved a $200,000 insurance policy which helped Fritz-Pak expand to Russia, Taiwan, China, and South Africa. With EXIM’s insurance the Ojedas were able to offer their new foreign buyers credit terms while protecting against the risk of not being paid.

  • Submitted on 04 August 2016

    Created on August 4, 2016

    Stephen Collier is a Communications Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service

    Robert Queen, Director of US Commercial Service-Santa Fe (left), poses with members of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association and nearby Native American organizationsAn acknowledgement of true achievement took place July 26 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center: a celebration in honor of the first Native American organization to win the President’s “E” Award for Export Services.

    The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association was recognized in May by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker along with 122 other companies and organizations across the United States that have contributed to increased exports in their respective industries nationwide.

    In attendance at the event were representatives from the offices of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM). Rep. Grisham represents the New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Albuquerque area. Representatives from several Pueblo nations were also on hand, as was Robert Queen, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Santa Fe office.

  • 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.

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