International Trade News
ITA Supports the National Association of Home Builders 75th Anniversary and 2017 International Builders Show
January 18, 2017
Brian Ledgerwood, Office of Materials Industries in ITA’s Industry & Analysis Division The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting more than 60,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers to showcase the latest products, materials and technologies for all types of buildings — including wood, concrete, stone and brick. This year during the show, industry experts from ITA’s Industry and Analysis unit are...
South Korea Submits Intent to Participate in Asia-Pacific Data Transfer Agreement: the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System
January 17, 2017
Michael Rose is a Policy Advisory in the Office of Digital Services Industries Another country is making it easier for companies to transfer personal data across borders, while at the same time, raising privacy standards. In January 2017, South Korea submitted its Intent to Participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System. The CBPR system facilitates commercial transfers of personal data across borders and raises privacy standards among the signatories by setting baseline data privacy practices for participating companies. This facilitates...
January 12, 2017
By Dan Lane, Global Business Manager, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade At the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important part of our overall mission to create a healthy economy for our state. Foreign companies doing business in Colorado create jobs for our residents, build our state’s international connectivity, and help to fill gaps in our economy. Looking back, 2016 was another strong year for the State of Colorado in welcoming foreign investment and defining a strategy...
January 10, 2017
Jeffrey Eversman is an International Economist in ITA’s Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis The U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Public Comment Period for the 2016 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) cycle will begin tomorrow, January 11, 2017. The USITC published a Federal Register notice, which can be found on the USITC MTB website, inviting the public to comment on the list of petitions it received during the MTB submission period. The website includes details and specific dates for filing public comments, along with the full list of MTB petitions. The window for...
January 10, 2017
Curt Cultice is a Senior Communications Specialist in ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service Country Commercial Guides Put Africa into Focus With so many global opportunities, what are some expert suggestions as to which markets U.S. companies should include in their initial research? In a recent blog, Jack Leslie, Chairman of Weber Shandwick and the U.S. African Development Foundation as well as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, offers some valuable insight: “The integration of the African continent in the global economy is one of the most significant — and,...
January 09, 2017
Jana Dorband is Senior Investment Specialist at the U.S. Embassy Berlin Hannover Messe – the world’s leading industrial technology trade show – will take place on April 24 – 28 2017. SelectUSA will again lead a robust delegation to the event, and host the U.S. Investment Pavilion in Hall 3. Hannover Messe 2017 – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology – is just around the corner. Once again, the United States Investment Pavilion will provide a platform for U.S. economic development organizations to showcase their regions to thousands of potential investors. More...
January 06, 2017
Vinai Thummalapally is Executive Director of SelectUSA “There’s no substitute for those three proud words: ‘Made in America.’” Thus began my first ever blog post as Executive Director of SelectUSA in 2013. These words were spoken by none other than President Barack Obama on October 31, 2013 addressing participants of the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit. Clearly the words made an impression – and it’s been a very good year for foreign direct investment (FDI). Thummalapally (front, left) leads a demonstration of SelectUSA’s online data tool with staff and Summit participants at...
January 05, 2017
Audrey Mascarenhas is President and CEO of Calgary-based Questor Technology Inc. Questor is a clean technology company whose core commercial business is providing high efficiency waste gas incineration. Energy efficiency is a key benefit with Questor and this has resulted in additional technology offerings such as waste heat to power and waste water vaporization. As Questor continues to provide solutions that eliminate toxic gases and result in cleaner air, these new technologies that utilize excess heat will lower costs and increase site efficiencies for Questor’s customers. In an ever-...
December 29, 2016
Kate Skopp, Director of Global Partnerships & Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Office of International Business Development. Companies of all sizes and industries from around the world have been able to find a place in Pennsylvania’s business community and reap the benefits of investing in our diverse market. In fact, our state is home to 6,100 foreign-owned companies – businesses that employ more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians across the state. Pennsylvania has focused on attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) for over two decades, providing...
International Buyer Program Select Recruits Buyers and Supports U.S. Exhibitors at the National RV Trade Show
December 28, 2016
ITA’s International Buyer Program SELECT once again supported the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY, Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2016. The Program helps promote the show to target markets in an effort to draw pre-screened foreign buyers to meet with U.S. exhibitors at the event. The National RV Show is an industry- only event, organized by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which features approximately 900 motorhomes and travel trailers by 50 manufacturers and over 200 supplier exhibits. This year, the show drew over 7,600 attendees, including RV dealers, manufacturers and...