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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

October 2009

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In this issue:

Energy Efficiency: A Key Component of U.S. Competitiveness
With the rising cost and variability of energy, many U.S. companies are looking for ways to cut their energy costs and improve their long-term competitiveness. Responding to this challenge, the International Trade Administration (ITA) recently organized a Forum on Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing to underscore the available resources both state and federal governments provide to help companies be more efficient.

Getting Down to Business in Nigeria
Nigeria is about more than e-mail scams, explains Larry Farris, the Department of Commerce’s senior commercial officer in Lagos, Nigeria. But there are challenges in doing business in Africa’s most populous nation, with its 140 million people and more than 200 ethnic groups.

Short Takes—News from the International Trade Administration:

  • Travel and Tourism Board Outlines Steps to Aid Industry Recovery
  • Afghan Products Highlighted at Industry Shows
  • Application Period Open for International Buyer Program

International Trade Calendar

Market of the Month: India


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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