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Articles, Press Releases & Links for SME Exporters

  • November 2011 Global eCommerce Paves The Way
    Recently Tony Livoti, President of the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), was interviewed by Pat Lynch, founder and editor-in-chief of WomensRadio about Global eCommerce and how small businesses can grow their operations and create new jobs by exporting their product, technology, service or expertise to the global marketplace.

    Click on the link to play the entire interview:
  • August 2011 - West Coast Export Control Seminars
    The Bureau of Industry and Security's Western Regional Office Presents "Complying with U.S. Export Controls" August 10-11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  For more info click on

    Complying with U.S. Export Controls

    This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program 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; 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 reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This one-of-a kind program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

    About the Instructors

    The instructors are experienced export policy specialists, and enforcement personnel from BIS's field offices. The instructors will be available throughout the seminar to answer your questions.


    The Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Registration will begin at 7:30am on August 10, 2011. The program will begin at 8:30am on August 10, 2011 and end on August 11, 2011, at 4:30pm. 


    Information on Sheraton Gateway reservations will be provided during event registration.


    The registration fee is $430 per person. The fee includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch, and training materials for both days. The registration fee is non-refundable after August 1, 2011. For registration information please call the U.S. Export Assistance Center at (949) 660-1688 or by
    email. You may click here to register on-line.

    Other Questions?

    For more information or questions on the topics to be covered, please call BIS's Western Regional Office at (949) 660-0144.

  • March -2011- Urge Your Congressional Reps To Get Your State’s Share of a $30,000,000 grant for Exporters
  • November 2010 - BIS Seminar in Austin, Texas - Space Still Available!
    Bureau of Industry & Security US Department of Commerce presents "Complying with U.S. Export Controls"
    November 30 - December 1, 2010
  • October 2010 - Article
    Ex-Im Bank FY '10 Export Financing surges to $24.5 billion, supporting $34.4 billion of exports and 227,000 American jobs

  • October 2010 - Link video has tips from an SME exporter to SMEs considering exporting. Worthwhile.

  • September 2010 - "Export 101" Training Videos Are Now Available

    The second installment of the "Export 101" training videos are now available by the Department of Commerce. These vidoes include four BIS-specific training videos. The purpose of these videos is to help exporters understand the rules governing the export process and to promote awareness and are brought to you by the Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division and the International Trade Administration. Please visit the Bureau of Census Foreign Trade Division website to watch these videos at These videos are also available on the BIS On-Line Training Room at

  • September 2010 - AAEI ALERT
    NEI Report Issued 
    The White House issues a report to the President on the National Export Initiative, outlining recommendations for doubling exports in five years. It focuses on improving advocacy and trade promotion, export financing, removing barriers to trade, enforcing US trade rules and promoting sustainable growth.
    Report to the President on the National Export Initiative

  • January 2009 - U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security Seminars and Training
    BIS 2009 Seminar and Training Schedule
    -Complying with Export Controls
    -Encryption Controls
    -How to Develop and Manage an Export Compliance Program
    -Complying with the Deemed Export Rule and Understanding the New "Additional Protocol" Requirements
    -Technology Controls
    -Special Topics

  • January 2008 - Background
    Understanding the EU's Authorized Economic Operator program - Description from the European Commission

  • 14 December 2007 - Article
    Mutual Recognition of Security Initiatives - Critical for US Exporters - American Shipper NewsWire article

  • 6 November 2007 - Article
    Little-known Tool Provides Tax Relief for Exporters

    Trade Bridge is reposting this article written in 2000 about ATA Carnets because it is an excellent description of how the ATA Carnet can help exporters save time and money. Note: the prices have changed since this article was written.

  • May 2007 - Announcement
    Trade Bridge "Outreach-to-Exporters" Program Debuts

    TBI participated in two major events for exporters in May: Trade Winds Forum: Africa, Europe, and India, May 15-16 and World Trade Week New York City, May 21-25. TBI was a Bronze Marketing Partner for the Trade Winds event and displayed materials promoting its free charter memberships at a table top exhibit. TBI Chairman Bruce Wilson represented TBI at the two-day event. TBI had an Awards Breakfast Expo Booth at World Trade Week New York City to promote memberships in TBI. TBI representative Chris Akerstrom also travelled around New York City to attend various World Trade Week events highlighting and promoting international trade in the Big Apple. 

         The Trade Winds Forum was produced by the U.S. Commercial Service and was created to "Identify Export Market Opportunities and Contacts in Europe, Africa and India." Copies of the PowerPoint presentations from this event are available for download here. This unprecedented event was described by the U.S. Commercial Service as follows: 

         "35 U.S. Senior Commercial Service Officers will arrive from U.S. Embassies across Europe, Africa and India. Currently stationed overseas, these Commercial Officers are in a unique position to deliver the most up-to-date information on developing opportunities for U.S. business. While at the conference you will have the opportunity to meet privately with the U.S. Senior Commercial Officers to discuss business opportunities for your company...Trade Winds Forum will also feature leading experts from the private sector and key U.S. government officials. Representatives of Boeing, General Electric, and CarGill will address important industry trends and trade topics critical to all successful U.S. exporters...This extraordinary two-day event will feature plenty of networking opportunities with all panel speakers. Access to this many markets in one location is absolutely unique!" 

         World Trade Week New York City focused on small business success in the global marketplace. "The mission of World Trade Week NYC is to underscore and promote the importance of international trade to the New York City metropolitan area economy. New Yorkers depend heavily on international commerce for their jobs, standard of living and the myriad goods and services available to the area’s diverse population. 

         The theme of World Trade Week NYC 2007 reflects the important contribution that small and medium size businesses make to the vitality of the region’s economy. The dynamic quality of the metropolitan area’s diverse small and medium sized businesses drives job creation and innovation. To fuel further growth, they need the strategies, resources and networks that will enable them to successfully expand into the global marketplace..." 

         Look for TBI to show up at more events to reach out to U.S. SME exporters.

  • 6 November 2007 - Article
    Is the EU's Authorized Economic Operator program really C-TPAT's evil twin??? Read Mike Laden's entertaining article for details...


  • 2006 - Links
         »This is a link every exporter needs to bookmark! John McDonnell's newsletter "Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals" featured this site about corruption recently: 

         "Corruption is an unfortunate cost of doing business in some countries. Transparency International ( ) is a nonprofit organization that monitors worldwide corruption, and their Web site is a place you should visit as part of your research into markets and countries. The site has unbiased information that will help you see what's really going on in various countries. There are regional and national surveys and indices, a Bribe Payers Index, a Global Corruption Barometer, the latest news, a Corruption Perceptions Index, tips on how to fight corruption, and much more. You'll get the inside dirt on corruption here." 

         »Here is a link to The Export Channel. Listen to international business webcasts produced by the US Commerical Service.
  • 30 October 2006 - Announcement

    The 2006 National District Export Council Conference will convene October 30 - November 1 in New Orleans: “Adversity and the Benefits of International Trade.”

    The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.

    Exporters and District Export Council Members - REGISTER TODAY!

    Hosted by:
    Louisiana District Export Council

    In Cooperation with:
    District Export Councils from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Houston, Maryland-Washington D.C., Mississippi, North Carolina, North Louisiana, North Texas, San Diego, Southern Ohio, Texas Camino Real, Virginia-Washington D.C. and West Texas and the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

    Celebrate the rejuvenation of New Orleans and the role of international trade. Learn more about topics important to small and medium sized exporters such as:

    • What Doesn't Destroy You Makes You Stronger: Overcoming Adversity Through Trade
    • Innovations in Government Export Assistance
    • Finding Friendly Faces for Financing
    • The Golden Rule: Know Your Customer as Yourself
    • Avoiding Shipping Pitfalls -- Understand Documentation
    • Successful Export Tax Strategies
    • Shipping It Out - Navigating Port & River Systems
    Join your international business colleagues and enjoy networking and trade education at the 2006 National District Export Council (DEC) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's conference will address relevant and timely topics– overcoming trade challenges, government assistance, due diligence, trade tax, trade marketing, and finance and logistics. Speakers, panelists, and exhibitors will include exporters, local, state and federal government officials, trade service providers, trade financers, and trade group representatives. Each presentation and breakout will be interactive and informative– sure to give you “news to use.”

    On the last night of the conference, enjoy networking while you experience Halloween Crescent City-style in the heart of New Orleans. Registration is $325 until September 30, 2006; $425 thereafter. Sign up today and save!
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