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U.S. Commercial Service – Resources for Successful Commerce

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS), the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, helps U.S. companies succeed in markets around the world. The impact of this work ripples throughout the U.S. economy—broadening and deepening the U.S. exporter base, removing obstacles to the export success of U.S. small and medium-sized companies, advancing U.S. business interests abroad, and supporting job creation here in the United States.

The U.S. Commercial Service achieves this by offering:

  • Trade Counseling
  • Market Intelligence
  • Business Matchmaking
  • Advocacy and Commercial Diplomacy
  • Trade Promotion Programs

Below are upcoming U.S. Commercial Service initiatives this year designed to connect you to business opportunities around the world. Please click “read more” to see all the seminars.

  1. Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting: Duty Drawbacks
  2. Event: Complying with U.S. Export Controls and Complying with International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)
  3. Webinar: Doing Business in Brazil
  4. Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in Foreign Markets
  5. Event: Automated Export System – Seminar and Workshop
  6. Event: Export Controls: Awareness and Application
  7. U.S. Companies Exporting to Thailand Now In Good Spirits
  8. The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property
  9. Export Promotion Magazine Offers Free French Translation

If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact your local U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist. To find the trade specialist nearest you please visit http://www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html

Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting: Duty Drawbacks
Venue: Your Computer
Date: May 2, 2012
Cost: $15
Learn more/register: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=32741&InputType=EVENT

Does your company import foreign components for use in its U.S. manufactured products? If so, your company may be entitled to thousands of $$$ in duty drawback refunds and not even know it. Your Company may be able to recover up to 99% of all Customs duties paid on imported materials contained in the manufacture of your product. Retroactively for up to 3 years. Drawback is the refund, reduction or waiver in whole or in part of customs duties assessed upon importation of an article or materials used in the manufacture of goods your company subsequently exports. This webinar will cover when imports qualify and how to apply; types of drawbacks including: Manufacturing Drawback, Rejected Merchandise Drawback, Unused Merchandise Drawback and NAFTA Drawback; and guidance provided by experienced freight forwarder and U.S. Customs official. For more information, please contact doug.barry@trade.gov.

Event: Complying with U.S. Export Controls and Complying with International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)
Venue: Memphis, TN
Date/Time: May 15-16, 2012; 8:30am-4:30pm

The Bureau of Industry and Security Outreach and Educational Services Division and Cosponsored by International Business Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, present Complying with U.S. Export Controls, May 15-16, 2012 and Complying with International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), May 17, 2012. The two programs are led by BIS’s and Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC) professional counseling staff and provide an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and ITAR requirements. The programs will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR or ITAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or re-export without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; an overview of the Export Compliance Management Program (ECMP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Please make your lodging reservations directly with the Memphis Marriott Downtown located at 250 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 by calling 901-527-7300. There are a limited number of rooms available at a special conference rate of $129 + tax. The seminar registration fee is $625.00 per person. The fee includes continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, CyberCafe and conference materials for all days. The registration fee is nonrefundable after May 7, 2012. For more registration question, please contact Brenda Montgomery by telephone: 901-543-3541 or email: bmontgomery@memphischamber.com. For more information or questions on the topics to be covered, please call BIS’s Outreach and Educational Services Division telephone: 202-482-6031

Webinar: Doing Business in Brazil
Venue: Your Computer
Date/Time: May 22, 2012; 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
Learn more/register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=2Q7P

Learn about market opportunities as well as big development projects in Brazil. You will also learn more about the bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil and the benefits of doing business in Brazil. Hear directly from a market expert in Sao Paulo who can help you enter or expand in Brazil. Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Rick de Lambert, who is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will present information on the best prospect sectors, alternative market entry strategies and the bilateral relationship. In addition Attorney Renata Vasconcellos of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, will talk about specific opportunities in Brazil. For more information, please contact Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov.

Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in Foreign Markets
Venue: Your Computer
Date: May 24, 2012
Cost: $15
Learn more/register: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=33168&InputType=EVENT

Be prepared to protect your intellectual property and your global business interests! Learn about the why’s and how’s of patent, trademark, copyright protection overseas. Hear about protecting trade secrets and domain name. Decide where to put limited corporate resources, and common mistakes to avoid. This webinar provides an overview to help your business make decisions on next steps for IP protection overseas, and alerts you to (free) IP resources at your disposal. For more information, please contact Kellie.Holloway@trade.gov.

Event: Automated Export System – Seminar and Workshop
Venue: Philadelphia, PA
Date: June 19-20, 2012
Learn more/register: http://export.gov/pennsylvania/philadelphia/aesseminar/index.asp

The Census Bureau requires mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through the AESDirect for all shipments where a Shipper’s Export Declaration was previously required. The Foreign Trade Division is actively engaged in educational outreach to assist you in avoiding these costly penalties. The AES seminar and workshop help you understand the FTR requirements. The U.S. Commercial Service, Philadelphia, is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau and Temple University’s Fox School of Business to bring you a much needed educational program on how to stay in compliance and navigate the AES systems. For more information, please contact Leandro.Solorzano@trade.gov or telephone: 215-597-6101.

Event: Export Controls: Awareness and Application
Venue: Seattle, WA
Date: July 31/August 1, 2012
Learn more/register: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=2Q76

The U.S. Department of Commerce – Seattle U.S. Export Assistance Center, Department of Homeland Security, and Microsoft invite you to attend “Export Controls: Awareness and Application,” a two day conference designed to help exporters familiarize themselves with export controls rules and regulations in order to avoid violations. New this year, day two will focus on Deemed Exports. The conference will also include speakers addressing export control reform. For more information, please contact diane.mooney@trade.gov.

U.S. Companies Exporting to Thailand Now In Good Spirits
When Thai Customs incorrectly assessed U.S. distilled spirits imports, the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Market Access and Compliance (MAC) specialists intervened, and Thai Customs re-aligned their assessments to be consistent with the World Trade Organization’s Customs Valuation Agreement. After two members of the U.S. Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) were unable to collect refunds for the incorrect payments made prior to the correction, ITA helped the DISCUS exporters receive full refunds of the duties and taxes they had been forced to pay. If you have encountered a foreign government trade barrier you can visit http://tcc.export.gov/Report_a_Barrier/index.asp to report it or, call 202-482-1191, or e-mail the specialists at tcc@mail.doc.gov to seek assistance. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJu5JcdVot8 to watch the video and learn more about the Trade Agreements Compliance Program

The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property
The International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Trade Agreements Compliance (TAC) Program stresses the importance of forward thinking in terms of protecting intellectual property rights, i.e., copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. It is vital for businesses to protect intellectual property even before beginning to export. Christine Peterson of the Office of Intellectual Property Rights in ITA explained that businesses often do not realize that “you don’t reap the full benefits of your ideas if you don’t protect them.” The ITA promotes: assessing your IP assets; protecting your IP in the U.S. and abroad; actively monitoring the marketplace; and working with law enforcement in-country to enforce your IP. You can learn all about these, and more at www.STOPfakes.gov. If you have encountered a foreign government trade barrier you can visit http://tcc.export.gov/Report_a_Barrier/index.asp to report it or , call 202-482-1191, or e-mail the specialists at tcc@mail.doc.gov to seek assistance. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJu5JcdVot8 to watch the video and learn more about the Trade Agreements Compliance Program

Export Promotion Magazine Offers Free French Translation
Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an affordable way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers exporters an inexpensive way to promote their products and services in 178 countries worldwide. In addition to free French translation, you can take advantage of a special offer: Buy two ads and get the third ad for free (Based on one-time rates. This does not include Showcase section). Commercial News USA reaches more than a quarter million buyers worldwide. Reserve your space in the next issue today. Deadline is May 18th. For more information, call 1-800-581-8533 x 822, go online to http://www.thinkglobal.us, or send e-mail to export@thinkglobal.us. Follow Commercial News USA on LinkedIn and Twitter @comnewsusa.

The U.S. Commercial Service – Your Global Business Partner. With offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration uses its global Network and international resources to connect U.S companies with international buyers worldwide. If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact your local U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist. To find the trade specialist nearest you please visit http://www.buyusa.gov/home/us.html.

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