| A monthly partnership publication of
the Louisiana Department of Economic Development
the New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center
and the World Trade Center of New Orleans
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- JAPANESE EMBASSY OFFICIAL TO SPEAK ON
- JULY 13 CAFTA FORUM IN
- JULY 13 WORKSHOP
ON HIRING STRATEGIES
- JULY 19 MALAYSIA
WORKSHOP AT WTC
- WTC DRAWBACK SEMINAR ON AUGUST
- AZUCAR BALL ON AUGUST 27
- RADIO SHOW BRINGS
WORLD TRADE TO AIRWAVES
- KEY PROGRAMS OF
U.S. EXPORT ASSISTANCE CENTERS
- LOUISIANA GULF COAST
OIL EXPO IN LAFAYETTE
- UPCOMING WORLDWIDE TRADE EVENTS
- COSTA RICA FOOD EXPO
- PORTAL FOR SWEDISH AUTO SECTOR
- REPORT ON IPR PROTECTION
- PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
- NEW WORLD AFFAIRS
- USING THE INTERNET TO EXPORT
|Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, Minister and Deputy Chief of
Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. and a leading authority
on Japan-U.S. relations, will be the featured speaker at a special
luncheon program in the World Trade Center's Plimsoll Club on Friday, July
Mr. Yamamoto will address the topic "Japan And Its Future Role in
the Asian-Pacific Region." His talk will include the current
situation in the region, relations with China, the North Korea nuclear
issue, and the significance of the Japan-U.S. alliance.
In addition to a series of prior senior assignments in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Tokyo and at the embassy in Washington, Mr. Yamamoto
has served as First Secretary of the Japanese embassy in the Philippines,
Minister of Political Affairs at the embassy in Korea, and as Consul
General in Boston. He holds degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology
and Oxford University in England.
To register for the luncheon, call the World Trade Center at (504)
529-1601, ext. 222 or 271, or register online by clicking here.
|With the U.S. Congress currently preparing for an important
vote on a new Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Central America
and the Dominican Republic, the International Center of Lafayette, a
division of Lafayette Consolidated Government, will hold a luncheon forum
on CAFTA and how it affects south Louisiana at the Petroleum Club on
Wednesday, July 13. The forum will present a balanced spectrum of pro and
con opinions from various business sectors including sugar, rice,
manufacturing and food processing industry leaders. Also participating in
the forum will be representatives from area ports, the transportation
industry, and various international trade groups. A list of speakers will
be announced shortly. For details and reservations, call the International
Center at (337) 294-5474.
|On Wednesday, July 13 the World Trade Center will host a
luncheon workshop from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. in its 29th floor
Executive Offices on "Hiring Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness in
the Global Marketplace." The workshop will be conducted by Bob Annoni,
President of the Sales Training Institute of Louisiana, Inc.
This hands-on, interactive workshop will focus on how to hire top
employees, either executives, office managers or workers, or sales
producers. Participants will receive an overview of building a Hiring
Matrix. This tool will then be used to drive the interview, hiring, and
quarterly review process. Sections on strategies, goals of the interview,
interviewing techniques, and interviewing role-playing are all a part of
Mr. Annoni will also touch on using effective pre-hire assessment tools
to help insure employers only interview those that will be successful.
This workshop is part of the Sandler Systems Strategic Management program
taught worldwide by the Sandler Sales Institute, with offices in Hong
Kong, Sidney, Ireland, England, Mexico, Canada, and 120 locations in the
U.S. To register for the workshop, call the World Trade Center at (504)
529-1601, ext. 222 or 271, or register online by clicking here.
|On Tuesday, July 19 the World Trade Center and other
organizations will sponsor a luncheon seminar at 12:00 noon in the
Plimsoll Club on "Doing Business in Malaysia" featuring Mr. K.
Sukomaran, Director of the Chicago office of the Malaysian Industrial
Development Authority (MIDA); Ms. Ooi Chooi Im, Director of Agro-Based
Industries for MIDA in Kuala Lumpur; and Mr. John Kazour, President of
Petrotech Inc., a New Orleans-based company that has been doing business
in Malaysia for many years.
MIDA is the principal Malaysian government agency responsible for
industrial promotion and development in Malaysia (www.mida.gov.my).
MIDA provides assistance and coordination to companies in the
implementation and operation of their projects. The MIDA office based in
Chicago assists in the promotion of two-way business relations between
Malaysia and 20 states in the mid-west and southern U.S., including
Malaysia, a country of 26 million at the heart of Southeast Asia, over the
last 40 years has transformed from an agriculture-based economy to a
dynamic, progressive and modern industrial and technological leader in
Asia. Currently, manufacturing comprises 30% of its economy, and the
country continues to be a leading world producer of oil palm, rubber,
cocoa, pepper, and timber. Malaysia is also a net exporter of oil and gas.
The country is fully engaged in the latest technology initiatives,
biotechnology, and multimedia development.
Malaysia is the 18th largest trading nation in the world. It is the
United States' 10th largest trading partner and 18th largest export
market. The U.S. is Malaysia's largest trading partner and is the largest
investor in Malaysia, mainly in the oil & gas and chemicals
manufacturing sectors. To register for the July 19 luncheon, call the
World Trade Center at (504) 529-1601, ext. 222 or 271, or register online
by clicking here.
|On Friday, August 5 the World Trade Center and other
organizations will sponsor a luncheon program from 12:00 noon until 2:00
p.m. at the WTC's 29th-floor Executive Offices on "Customs Duty
Drawback: Identifying and Receiving Duty, Taxes, and Fee Refunds."
The program will be conducted by Michele E. Snider, a licensed customs
broker with Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc. (www.strtrade.com/sttas).
Duty drawback provides an opportunity to obtain a refund of duties,
fees, and taxes incurred at the time of importation. This two-hour seminar
will cover issues and procedures for maximizing savings using duty
drawback and includes instruction in interpreting U.S. Customs and Border
Protection drawback regulations. Seminar topics include: review of
manufacturing drawback, unused drawback and rejected merchandise drawback;
different methods used to claim drawback; basis of claim; privilege
application and approval process; impact of NAFTA on drawback programs;
and penalty provisions, drawback compliance program, and reasonable care
To register for the seminar, call the World Trade Center at (504)
529-1601, ext. 222 or 271. Online details to be posted shortly.
|On Saturday, August 27, the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage
Foundation will host its 15th annual fundraiser, The Azucar Ball. This
year's theme will be "Suenos Caribenos - Caribbean Dreams." The
black tie affair will take place at the Inter-Continental Hotel in New
Orleans, with delicious food and non-stop music from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00
a.m. by Fredy Omar con su Banda and Julio y Cesar. There will be a silent
auction for those wanting to take home some fantastic items. The proceeds
from the event will provide funding for the Foundation's scholarship fund.
Last year 24 outstanding Hispanic students were awarded scholarships from
the proceeds of the Azucar Ball.
|The Biz International Radio Show in New Orleans, which airs
on Biz 990 AM every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m., brings international
trade, investment, transportation, banking, and other trade-related issues
to the airwaves. The show is hosted by Corrado Giacona II, Chairman of the
World Trade Center's International Business Committee, and President/CEO
of Giacona Container, Inc. Previously recorded shows are archived on the
Biz website (www.bizneworleans.com/510.html)
and can be accessed at any time. The Biz International bulletin board is
also on the website listing upcoming events of the WTC and other
The June 28 show will feature Eugene Schreiber, Managing Director of
the World Trade Center , who will discuss the U.S.-Dominican
Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and Gary Springer,
President, Gulf of Mexico States Partnership, Inc., who will discuss
opportunities in the U.S. and Mexican states bordering the Gulf of
The July 5 show will feature Dr. Tarik Bnafa, an international
consultant and former consultant with the United Nations and African
Development Bank, and Jovita Jenkins, author of the book "Get Out Of
Your Own Way: Creating the Next Chapter of Your Life."
The July 19 show will feature Edward Hayes, partner with the Saporito
Law Firm, who leads the firm's international business practice.
The July 26 show will feature David Smallman, European Representative
for Louisiana Economic Development, and David Ware, a New Orleans
|An earlier edition of the Louisiana International Trade
Bulletin announced fee increases for several U.S. Commercial Service (CS)
export assistance programs. Following are highlights and fees of key CS
programs offered by U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) throughout the
United States. The USEACs located in Louisiana are located in New Orleans
at (504) 589-6546 and Shreveport at (318) 676-3064.
- Gold Key Service: $700-$800 per country or region for the first day;
approximately $400 for each additional day. Before heading overseas,
CS staff at the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate will set up
appointments with interested potential business partners. Four to six
weeks notice is required.
- International Partner Search: $500-$800 per country or region. CS
staff at the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate will find
distributors/strategic partners interested in the requesting U.S.
firm's product or service. Contact information and a description of
the foreign companies' activities will be provided to the U.S. firm.
- International Market Research Reports: free or variable costs. Call
the local USEAC for free reports prepared by overseas Commercial
Officers. U.S. firms may also purchase market research geared
specifically for the U.S. company. USEAC contacts throughout the U.S.
are listed at www.export.gov.
- Trade Shows/Catalog Shows: various locations and costs. Commercial
Service staff will assist with identifying international trade shows
and expos in specific industry sectors. At many of the shows, the
Commercial Service organizes a U.S. Pavilion or provides staffs for a
catalog booth at a reduced price for U.S. participants.
|The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE), the
second largest petroleum industry event in America, has been selected for
the second time as one of only 28 trade shows in the nation to participate
in the U.S. Commercial Service's International Buyer Program (IBP). The
IBP is a joint government-industry effort designed to match international
buyers with domestic companies at selected trade show in the United
The 2005 expo takes place on October 25-27 at the Cajundome Convention
Center in Lafayette. Admission to the exhibit floor is free and
consistently attracts more than 16,000 attendees. The show features 400
companies displaying technologies, products, and services in 700 indoor
and outdoor exhibit spaces. Several international seminars and technical
sessions will be offered as part of the show.
Commercial Service officers in American embassies and consulates
worldwide, particularly in oil-producing countries, are screening and
recruiting international buyers to attend the show. U.S. Department of
Commerce International Trade Specialists will provide business counseling
and discuss trade opportunities at the show. The International Business
Center, staffed by Commercial Service trade professionals, offers meeting
space, interpreters, Internet, phone, and fax services. With assistance
from the International Center of Lafayette, Louisiana Economic
Development, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, LAGCOE continues to open
new markets for its exhibitors. For details, visit www.lagcoe.com
or call (337) 235-4055.
- "TecnoSalud 2005" is the most important medical equipment
and supplies trade show in Peru on September 6-8. The U.S. Commercial
Service of the American Embassy-Lima will have a booth to represent
and showcase participating U.S. companies. The cost is only $300.
Details are online at: www.buyusa.com.pe
- On September 11-13, the Commercial Service at the U.S.
Embassy-Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), will host a pavilion at
"Autoparts Re-exports 2005" at the ExpoCentre Sharajah. U.S.
exhibitors will have an excellent opportunity to assess the markets
for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE all in one
place. The cost of $2,500 includes a fully furnished booth in the U.S.
Pavilion plus many other features. Registration and other information
are at: http://www.buyusa.gov/uae/en/autoparts_reexport.html.
- The "International Garden and Leisure Exhibition" (also
known as GLEE) in London is in its 30th year and is the international
garden/leisure industry's number one annual event with over 1,600
exhibitors and 28,000 buyers. The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S.
Embassy-London will manage the U.S. Product Literature Center and
prominently display the catalogs of participating American firms. All
trade leads will be forwarded to the U.S. companies. The show dates
are September 18-20; the cost is $400. Log on to: http://www.buyusa.gov/uk/en/uk_trade_events.html
or email Sarah.Jones@mail.doc.gov.
- Small to mid-sized U.S. companies will find the September 20-30
"New Products USA 2005 International Catalog Exhibition" to
be a convenient, affordable way to promote their products and services
in Asia's rapidly expanding markets -- without leaving their office.
U.S. Commercial staff will showcase American product literature and
videos across a wide range of industry sectors in China, Vietnam, the
Philippines, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Industries include: Building
Products; Construction Equipment; Computers/Peripherals; Food
Processing/Packaging Equipment; General Industrial Equipment/Supplies;
Information Services; Medical Equipment; Pollution Control Equipment;
Security/Safety Equipment; and Water Resources Equipment/Services. The
registration is only $450 and includes promotion in all five
countries. For more information, call Joseph English at (202) 482-3334
or visit: www.export.gov/comm_svc/detail_tradeevents.asp?EventID=20052.
|The Costa Rican Association of Importers and
Representatives of Foreign Companies is organizing the 5th International
Food and Beverage Exhibition (ALIMENTEXPO 2005) on July 27-28 in San Jose,
The United States has traditionally been the largest supplier of food
processing and packaging equipment, with an annual average market share of
28 percent of Costa Rica's imports. However, European countries have been
improving their market position recently by using more dynamic and
personalized marketing strategies. ALIMENTEXPO 2005 is a useful tool to
enter the Costa Rican market with excellent business prospects,
particularly in light of the upcoming ratification of the Central America
Free Trade Agreement with the United States, which, if approved, will
allow the duty-free importation of most U.S. products into Costa Rica.
More information on this trade show is available at www.alimentexpo.net
(at the site, click on "English Version"), or e-mail U.S.
Embassy-San Jose Commercial Specialist Rodrigo Rojas at: Rodrigo.firstname.lastname@example.org.
|The U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service at the
American Embassy in Sweden has created a portal for U.S. companies to sell
to Swedish car and truck manufacturers. This project is an outgrowth of an
agreement between the U.S. and Swedish governments to target increased
exports of American automotive components to Sweden.
There is no charge to participate in this initiative, but interested
companies should register at: www.buyusa.gov/sweden/en/supplier.html
by August 20. The Commercial Service will present the U.S. company
profiles to the purchasing departments of vehicle manufacturers in Sweden
for review by the various firms' Vice Presidents of Purchasing.
Sectors being considered are:
- Automotive and truck components
- Materials used in vehicle manufacture such as plastics, chemicals, sealants, adhesives, etc.
- Machinery used in auto production
- Environment equipment used to reduce the impact of manufacturing processes
- Engineering services
- Telematics, and
- Testing Equipment
|The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its
annual "Special 301" report on the adequacy and effectiveness of
intellectual property rights (IPR) protection around the world. The report
is online at: http://www.ustr.gov/Document_Library/Reports_Publications/2005/2005_Special_301/Section_Index.html?ht=.
|The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans on
June 23 elected John J. Kallenborn to serve as its Chairman for a
nine-month term. Mr. Kallenborn is President of the New Orleans Region of
Bank One, a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase. Other officers elected are
Samuel B. Nunez Jr., the new Vice-Chairman, and Conrad H. Appel III, the
Board's new Secretary-Treasurer.
|The new officers of the World Affairs Council of New
Orleans for 2005-2006 are: President - Scott Zander; First Vice President
(Programming) - Col. Wayde Benson; Second Vice President (Great Decisions)
- Juan Valadez; Secretary - Dr. Patricia Krebs; and Treasurer - Peg
|The U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Technology and
Electronic Commerce has launched a new web site that advises firms about
how to use the Internet to export. The site addresses issues such as
"What is e-commerce?" and "Are you e-commerce ready?"
It also includes specific information on how to: (1) assess target
markets; (2) develop an appropriate website; (3) address tax, shipping,
and other legal issues; and (4) find research on the top Internet-use
markets. With examples and links to valuable resources, this site provides
the new exporter with concrete tools to access the vast opportunities
online. The site is at: www.export.gov/sellingonline.
The Louisiana International Trade Bulletin is a monthly
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New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center
World Trade Center of New Orleans
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