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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

May 2009

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In this issue:

Importance of Trade to U.S. Economy Highlighted in World Trade Week Events
This month, the vital role that international trade plays in the U.S. economy, and the part it plays in creating jobs, will be celebrated during World Trade Week, on May 17–23, 2009.

Afghan Marble Offers Beauty and Hope
Foreign direct investment, modern technology, and better management and equipment can help develop one of Afghanistan’s sectors of comparative advantage—marble. Those tools can help ensure economic stability in a nation that is still rebuilding from years of war.

Short Takes—News from the International Trade Administration:

  • Businesses Hear How to Incorporate Climate Change into Their Business Planning
  • Guide to Safe Harbor Self-Certification Available
  • Steel Import Monitoring Extended to 2013

International Trade Calendar

Market of the Month: Portugal


International Trade Update is published monthly by the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. A subscription service is available to receive notification by e-mail when new issues are published.

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