International Trade Calendar
Here is a selected list of international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events, as well as a selection of upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at www.export.gov.
UCP 600 and Global Trade Finance
Raleigh, North Carolina
This seminar, organized by the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, will offer expert instruction covering a variety of global trade finance issues. The seminar will highlight Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (International Chamber of Commerce Publication No. 600), also known as UCP 600. That publication contains the upcoming changes to letters of credit that are scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2007. The registration fee is $99.00 per person and includes all seminar materials, refreshments, and lunch. For more information, contact Frances Willis of the USFCS, tel.: (919) 281-2750; e-mail: email@example.com.
Rebuild Iraq 2007
In 2006, this event attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries and more than 13,000 trade visitors, including 4,000 Iraqis. About 71 percent of the exhibitors made sales during the show. The leading industry sectors that will be at the show include building and construction, electricity, water resources, oil and gas, health care, and information and communications technology. For more information, contact Frank Carrico of the USFCS, tel.: (240) 553-0584; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Giles Hazel of Kallman International, tel.: (201) 251-2600, ext. 119; e-mail: email@example.com.
Intellectual Property Rights in China
This month’s Webinar, part of a continuing series on the protection of intellectual property rights in China, will focus on two reports issued by the U.S. Trade Representative on intellectual property enforcement in China: “Special Provincial Review” and “Special 301 Report of 2007.” The Webinar will run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. To register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trade Winds Forum
This signature trade event will feature 35 U.S. senior Commercial Service officers from Africa, Europe, and India and representatives from more than 40 companies who will address market trends and trade topics critical to all successful U.S. exporters. Participants can customize their experience by selecting from more than 25 panel sessions and join in an evening networking reception provided by the Business Council for International Understanding. For more information or to register, visit the Trade Winds Forum Web site.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia’s manufacturing sector is forecasted to grow at an average rate of 6.7 percent per year, with opportunities in areas such as metalworking, machine tools, computer-aided design and manufacturing, metrology, mold and die, and other related technologies. This annual show focuses on those industries. In 2006, the show attracted more than 20,000 trade visitors and had more than 1,200 exhibitors. For more information, contact Vivian How of the USFCS, tel.: +60 (3) 2168-4825; e-mail: email@example.com.
Understanding the NAFTA Certificate of Origin
Spartanburg, South Carolina
This seminar, cosponsored by the South Carolina District Export Council and the USFCS, will offer an overview of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) certificate of origin, looking at topics such as the benefits and risks for compliance and non-compliance, product classification and tariff assessments, rules of origin, and qualification process. For more information or to register, contact Ann Watts of the USFCS, tel.: (803) 732-5211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interop Las Vegas 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
More than 400 exhibitors will display a full range of information technology solutions at this show. The show will also offer numerous educational workshops, such as the “CIO Bootcamp.” For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-6434; e-mail: email@example.com.
Export Logistics Seminar
This seminar, organized by the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is targeted at rural companies in middle Tennessee. Attendees will learn about the basics of international registration, patents, contracts, and more. Michael Deal, a leading export attorney in international trade and investment law, will be the featured presenter. For more information, contact Ericka Stevens of the USFCS, tel.: (615) 259-6063; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 29–June 1
First held in 1999, WasteTech is the largest biannual waste management trade show in Russia. This year, the show expects to host some 290 exhibitors from 18 countries and will feature numerous industry subsectors, including landfill management and recycling, processing, and composting. For more information, contact Ludmila Maksimova of the USFCS, tel.: +7 (495) 737-5037; e-mail: email@example.com.
On the Horizon
Building for the Future: 2007 U.S. Green Building Products Trade Mission to Asia
Hong Kong; Manila, Philippines; Singapore
Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore all offer good opportunities for U.S. building products suppliers whose products are well respected, particularly for environmentally friendly building projects. Trade mission participants will be introduced to potential agents and distributors, architects, and end-users and will have an opportunity to learn more about building trends in those three markets. For more information, contact Amy Magat of the USFCS, tel.: (213) 894-3966; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Americas Competitiveness Forum
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will host the inaugural Americas Competitiveness Forum on June 11–12, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. It will provide a venue for government ministers from throughout the Western Hemisphere to come together with leaders from the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations. For more information, contact Alysia Wilson of the Department of Commerce, tel.: (202) 482-5327; e-mail: email@example.com.
World of Concrete
Mexico City, Mexico
This show is one of the most important business events in the industry, displaying the latest in machinery, tools, products, materials, and equipment for concrete construction. Attendees will include architects, engineers, commercial and residential contractors, housing developers, precast and prestressed concrete and concrete block manufacturers, state corporations, and government agencies. For more information, contact Sam Dhir of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4756; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.