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Exports Up 17.4%!

From the friend at ITA, U.S Commercial Service| International Trade Administration. This is a great news for us and we hope to continue to improve on building our global sales schemes and strengthening our supply chains.

Chicago-area Exports Up 17.4%
The final metropolitan export statistics for 2011 are in, and show the following for the Chicago metropolitan area:

? In 2011, the Chicago metropolitan area was the 7th largest export market in the United States, with merchandise shipments totaling $39.5 billion. This is up $5.9 billion (17.4 percent) from the $33.7 billion in merchandise exported in 2010.

? For the top 50 U.S. merchandise export destinations, Chicago ranks among the major metropolitan area exporters to Canada ($13.7 billion), Mexico ($5.4 billion), Germany ($1.6 billion), India ($1.6 billion), and Australia ($947 million).

? Chicago ranks among the major metropolitan area exporters of Chemicals ($7.5 billion), Computer and Electronic Products ($5.1 billion), Machinery, Except Electrical ($4.2 billion), Electrical Equipment, Appliances, and Component ($2.3 billion), and Food and Kindred Products ($2.2 billion).

? In 2011, Chicago benefited from existing trade agreements, exporting $19.1 billion to the NAFTA region (48% of total merchandise exports) and $561 million to the CAFTA-DR region.


日本の大企業でも新事業分野はベンチャーマインドが必要ですね。 変な頭を使い過ぎてオーバーヒート状態。 その後、商務省の方とイリノイ州を中心とした輸出施策について意見交換で、今後のアメリカの新しい技術を如何に弊社に集めるか・・・。 

『兎にも角にも、丸ごと取り込むがキーワード。 個々の企業同士だけが相手でなく(今後は何処の会社もそんな暇はなくなる様相・・)、膨大な企業群を束ねているプラットフォームとシンクしていかねばなりません。』 

2011年度は対前年比で、シカゴからの輸出総額が17.4%増加とのことですが、アメリカが強みのサービスや知財の輸出はどこまで盛り込まれているのか。 アメリカで事業活動を続ける以上、アメリカの為になっていく、また、アメリカから世界へ、という発想の軸はますます重要になってまいります。 


シカゴでもイベントが盛りだくさんです。 更にイベントが随時、追加されますので随時チェックされるといいです。icon09icon10

Taiwan Added to Visa-Waiver Program

The U.S. announced October 2, 2012 that ist is instituting visa-free travel for Taiwanese visiting America. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described it as a “logical development in close security, economic and people-to-people” ties between the U.S. and Taiwan. Effective November 1, 2012, Taiwan joins 36 countries whose nationals can travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days without a visa. It is expected that this will lead to increased tourism from Taiwan as well as facilitate business and trade between the two countries.

State Department “Direct Line for American Businesses” Program

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs has asked the U.S. Commercial Service to help spread the word to U.S. businesses regarding its new “Direct Line for American Businesses” program, which provides an opportunity for U.S. firms, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors overseas. The program is open to American companies, which currently doing business in the country where the Ambassador serves or are interested in doing so. There is a calendar of calls at http://www.state.gov/e/eb/directline/ and businesses can sign up for alerts. Over 500 participants have joined calls to date across 18 different markets including China, Indonesia, and Turkey. Upcoming webinar topics include "An Overview of the Business Climate in Israel" on October 16.

Local Trade Events

October 15, 2012: China: Trade Politics and Political Transitions - Chicago, IL

2012 is a year of transition for both the U.S. and Chinese governments. America’s presidential elections are just weeks away, and China trade issues have garnered attention from both the Obama and Romney campaigns. China will undergo a once-a-decade leadership transition, with a new president and senior leadership to be put in place over the coming months. These significant political events add a layer of uncertainty for American companies, which already confront numerous challenges when doing business in China. What changes should American business leaders expect from China’s leadership transition? What are the implications for U.S.-China trade politics as a result of the American presidential elections? Join us for a discussion on these topics with John Frisbie, President of the US-China Business Council. Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA). Registration, 11:30 a.m.; Lunch, remarks, and Q&A at Noon; Adjournment at 1:30. Venue: Fairmont Chicago, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. Business attire required. Partners and clients of the Commercial Service receive CCGA member pricing. Fees: Members $50; Nonmembers $60. Learn more and register online at http://www.thechicagocouncil.org

October 18, 2012: Expanding Horizons 2012 For Small Businesses Entering International Markets ? Rosemont

Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation and supported by the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago. Learn how hundreds of American small businesses have used OPIC finance and insurance products to gain access to emerging markets overseas. Participants will also hear from other U.S. government agencies - including the U.S. Commercial Service- that offer programs complementary to OPIC, such as market research, international partner searches, trade financing and feasibility study funding. 7:30am?4:45pm, Embassy Suites Rosemont, 5500 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Fee: $50. For information & registration, please see: www.rgameetings.com/opic .

October 23, 2012: Roundtable for American companies conducting business in Iraq - Chicago, IL

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford invites Illinois firms for a business roundtable discussion with the Honorable Naufel Alhassan, the Iraqui Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, DC. Mr. Alhassan will discuss opportunities in the construction, oil and gas and other sectors, and challenges for American companies who conduct business in Iraq.

October 23, 2012: Complying with U.S. Export Controls ? Pewaukee, WI

Are you looking to develop an effective Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) for your company? Register now to attend this one-day EMCP seminar. You’ll learn how to create and adapt an EMCP for your organization, solve compliance problems, as well as determine the best practices to minimize the risk of export violations from export compliance officials from the U.s. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Hosted by the US Department of Commerce Milwaukee office and sponsored by UPS?, Waukesha County Technical College and BIS, this event is for professionals who have a working knowledge of US export regulations. Note: ITAR topics will not be covered. Participants will receive 7.5 continuing legal education credit hours. For more information and to register visit http://export.gov/wisconsin/eg_us_wi_051040.asp.

October 24, 2012: The New Healthcare Laws and Expanding Int’l Market Share ? Beloit, WI

The State Line World Trade Association, with support from the Commercial Service ? Rockford office, will welcome Mr. Patrick Lawrence, President and Chief Executive Officer of Paradigm Resources, an international healthcare consulting group specializing in hospital strategic planning, human resource development, and operational consulting. Learn how to develop relationships and expand operations in new or existing international markets. This will include how to analyze markets, how to find reliable partners, cultural considerations, how to adapt to the local marketplace, and pitfalls to avoid. Part two of the program will cover how the new healthcare laws will impact the USA from a health care provider’s perspective, and how to save money on healthcare for your employees. The dinner program will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at approximately 6:15 until 7:00 p.m. The SLWTA event will be held at The Butterfly Club, 5246 East County Road X, Beloit WI. Cost for SLWTA members is $25, $35 for non-members, and $15 for students with ID. RSVP: Advance registration is required, please email.

October 26, 2012: 4th Annual Manufacturing Workforce Development Conference ? Oak Forest, IL

South Suburban College (Oak Forest campus). International Trade Specialist Monica Toporkiewiecz of the U.S. Commercial Service-Chicago will conduct a 50-minute break-out session for manufacturing clients and attendees in the morning Venue: South Suburban College, University & College Center, 16333 South Kilbourn, Oak Forest , IL 60452.

October 28-31, 2012: Connect with International Visitors at PACK EXPO 2012 - Chicago The U.S. Commercial Service is offering an opportunity to U.S. exhibitors at Pack Expo to participate in: Business-to-Business Matchmaking, Global Market Insight Program and On-site Counseling with Global Commercial Specialists. This program imparts your company the valuable opportunity of holding a 15-minute showcase of your products to CS International Specialists, as well as their respective international delegates that choose to attend the program or meeting one-on-one with perspective buyers. The Commercial Specialists that are bringing registered buyers to attend the show and are able to advise you on their respective markets are from: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Zambia. Make plans also to attend Trade Finance briefing with Ex-im Bank on Monday, October 29 at 2:00pm in Room N-428. Questions, contact jeffrey.graber@trade.gov. For information on the show itself, see http://www.packexpo.com/pei2012/public/MainHall.aspx?ID=1266

November 1, 2012: Doing Business in the Nordic Regions ? Chicago

Co-sponsored by the Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish American Chambers of Commerce in Chicago and U.S. Commercial Service Chicago. Senior Trade Specialist Jeff Graber will discuss the benefits & challenges for exporters doing business in the Nordics and outline resources available to assist Illinois exporters in this vital region. Location: Ungaretti & Harris LLP, 70 West Madison , Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60602.


October 10, 2012 @ 6:00pm CDT: ICT Opportunities in Singapore and Vietnam - Webinar Southeast Asia’s telecommunications sector is growing rapidly. Singapore leads the region with a fixed line penetration rate of 38.8% followed by Vietnam at 16.4%. Mobile penetration is remarkably high after a few years of rapid growth. Internet use has also been growing rapidly, but there is still much room for growth, especially in the underserved rural areas. Singapore again leads Internet usage in the region at 77.2%, followed by Malaysia (61.7%), then Vietnam (33.7%). Due to the large demand for U.S. telecom products and services in the region, the U.S. Commercial Service is organizing an informational Webinar focused on the many opportunities for US exporters in the countries of Singapore and Vietnam. This event offers a timely and cost-effective opportunity for U.S. firms to learn about the fast-growing markets for communications technologies and its related services in S.E. Asia. Target sectors holding high potential for U.S exporters include fixed and mobile telephone networks, Internet, satellites, broadcasting, Information Technology (IT) hardware and software, and in any other sub-sector related to the telecommunications industry.

October 11 & 31, 2012: International Sales Opportunities in South India & Sri Lanka ? 2-part Webinar

This two-part webinar will give you market insights into the growing markets in South India and Sri Lanka, followed by the mechanics of entering the market. South India has the country’s manufacturing and IT hubs; Sri Lanka is newly ripe with opportunities for U.S. businesses. Hear from successful U.S. exporters, local businesses and government officials about the prime business opportunities in South India and Sri Lanka. Learn directly from our panel of renowned lawyers, bankers and shipping companies the ins and outs of marketing your services and shipping your products to India. Each speaker will present a list of “Top Ten Tricks” and will be available to answer your questions. ? Part 1 of Webinar: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST ? Part 2 of Webinar: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM CST Cost: $75 for both dates. Please register online at

October 17, 31, and November 14, 2012: The Logistics of Doing Business in Canada- Webinar Series

This three part series has been designed to help businesses strengthen the skills necessary to effectively do business in Canada. Each webinar can be attended individually or as a series.
? October 17th: Temporarily Moving Goods & People across the Border
? October 31st: Distribution Strategies for Canada
? November 14th: Canada Trade Regulations & Standards
All programs will feature industry experts from government, associations, and private industry, and will take place from 1:00pm ? 2:30pm (Central).

October 18-November 14, 2012: Aviation Sector Opportunities in the Americas ? Webinar Series

The US Department of Commerce’s US TDA Latin America and Caribbean Aviation Summit, taking place December 3-5 in Miami, FL.
? October 18 @ 1:00pm Central: Mexico and Chile, Register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=3Q14
? October 31 @ 11:00am Central: Brazil- Countdown to 2014 & 2016 Games, Register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=3Q15
? November 14 @ 11:00am Central: Panama & Colombia, Register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=3Q16 $40 per webinar, per participant, payable with Credit Card.

October 19, 2012 - November 19, 2012: Safety/Security Opportunities in Key Latin American Markets - Webinar Series

The U.S. Commercial Service Safety & Security Team and the Trade Americas Team within the U.S. Commerce Department, with the cooperation of Reed Exhibitions and the Security Industry Association, have organized a webinar series to help increase the exports of U.S. safety and security products and services to Latin America. The Americas region is one of the fastest growing economic partners of the United States, and many experts foresee this growth continuing over the next few years. U.S. businesses need to be prepared to take advantage of the benefits this growth is creating. Cost: $65 per webinar per participant. Click each link below to register for specific webinar.
? October 19, 2012 @ 1pm CDT: Safety and Security Market Opportunities in Brazil. Register at: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=2QAV
? November 19, 2012 @ 3pm CST: Safety and Security Market Opportunities in Colombia. Register at: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=2QAW

October 25, 2012 @ 1:00pm CDT: Natural Health Products Licensing and Authorization by Health Canada - Webinar

Since January 1, 2004 all natural health products sold in Canada are subject to the Natural Health Products Regulations. U.S. companies must obtain product licenses for their exported products, annex their manufacturing sites in the Canadian importers’ site licenses and meet specific requirements in order to successfully export to Canada. Join the Commercial Service and the President of the Natural Products Consulting Corporation for this webinar on how to register and license your natural health products in Canada. Cost: $75.00 payable by credit cards. To register, click https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=3Q0K or contact Connie.Irrera@trade.gov.

October 30, 2012 @ 9:30am CDT: Market Opportunities in Egypt and Kuwait ? Webinar

Egypt and Kuwait are improving their infrastructures, cutting their reliance on oil, and upgrading their safety and security systems at numerous borders. On this webinar you will learn from senior U.S. Embassy Officials in Egypt and Kuwait, how to tap opportunities in the infrastructure, energy, and safety and security industries and about the Commercial Service’s March 2013 trade mission to Egypt and Kuwait (http://export.gov/trademissions/egyptkuwait/).

November 8, 2012: Opportunities in the Turkish ICT Market ? Webinar

The U.S. Commercial Service is offering a Webinar about business opportunities in the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Market. As one of the fastest growing markets in the world, Turkey has had an annual growth rate of 8% from the last 3 years and the ICT market will reach $36 billion in 2013. Featured speakers will include U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardon, Commercial Counselor Michael Lally, and Trade Specialist Ihsan Muderrisoolu. Participants will be able to gain a market overview of the ICT sector in Turkey, learn information on key Turkish ICT sector opportunities, find local partners, and gain insight on doing business in Turkey as a gateway to Eurasia. Space is limited and registration is required. Time: 10:00AM (CT).

International Trade Missions

November 26-30, 2012: Multi-Sector Trade Mission to South Africa & Zambia

South Africa is the largest economy and has the most diverse industry base in Sub-Sahara Africa, enjoying remarkable macroeconomic stability, and a largely pro-business environment. In 2011, total U.S.-Zambia trade increased by 83 percent over its 2010 level, and Zambia was just approved for a $355 million compact for clean water and sanitation. This U.S. Department of Commerce Executive-Led Trade Mission will focus on the highest-potential industry sectors for U.S. exports to South Africa and Zambia, namely: Agricultural, Energy, Transportation, and Mining Technologies. Stops will include Lusaka and Ndola, Zambia, and Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Cost: $4,350 for SME (fewer than 500 employees), $4,900 for large firms, and $450 for each additional firm representative. Extended application Deadline: October 12, 2012. For more information, please see http://export.gov/trademissions/southafricazambia/ NOTE: The State of Illinois may have funding available for qualified Illinois SMEs to participate in this mission.

December 3-7, 2012: Aerospace and Defense Trade Mission to Turkey ? Istanbul & Ankara

Civil aviation is booming in Turkey. Domestic and international passengers totaled over 85 million last year and Turkey’s strategic location ensures unrivaled advantages in airline, MRO, cargo and air taxi services in the region. Istanbul is also considering the construction of a third international airport. The Defense Sector is growing as well. In 2011, over $11 billion was allocated to MOD spending, with 47% spent on goods and services. Turkey has the world’s sixth largest army and the second largest army in NATO after the United States, while the Turkish Air Force (TAF) is the world’s third largest operator of the F-16. This U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Mission will introduce U.S. companies to potential Turkish business partners and buyers. Participants will learn about opportunities in the Turkish aerospace and defense market and meet with Turkish industry and government officials. For more information, see http://export.gov/california/losangelesdowntown/events/turkey/

February 3-8, 2013: Architecture/ Infrastructure/ Hospitality Multi-Sector Mission to South India & Sri Lanka

U.S. exports to India have doubled from 2005-2011 and Sri Lanka’s GDP growth is over 7%. Now is the time to explore opportunities in these growing markets! To help U.S. companies clinch business deals in this region, the U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing the “3C’s Trade Mission” to Chennai, Cochin (India) and Colombo (Sri Lanka) from February 3-8, 2013. This multi-sector trade mission will focus on opportunities in architecture, infrastructure, hospitality, environment, healthcare and IT. Participating companies will benefit from pre-screened one-on-one matchmaking meetings, briefings with government officials and successful companies, networking events and site visits. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2012 and space is limited. For more information, please visit http://export.gov/india/tradeevents/eg_in_052159.asp To help you investigate whether you should pursue opportunities in South India and/or Sri Lanka, please consider participation in our 2-part webinar on this topic on October 11 & 31 (see details above under “Webinars.”

May 21-24, 2013: HOSPITALAR 2013 Medical Trade Mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil Join the Commercial Service at the largest healthcare trade show in South America. In addition to providing exposure to Brazilian buyers, the trade show also attracts a high number of visitors from Mexico, Central and South America, as well as attendees from Europe, Asia and Africa. The Medical Trade Mission to Brazil is intended to include a variety of U.S. medical/healthcare industry manufacturers (equipment/devices, laboratory equipment, emergency equipment, diagnostic, physiotherapy and orthopedic, healthcare information technology, and other allied sectors), service providers, and associations and trade organizations. The mission will introduce the participants to the government policies, end-users and prospective partners whose needs and capabilities are best suited to each U.S. participant’s strengths. Participation includes a tabletop display at the show as an exhibitor and a Gold Key Service. Fee: $3,850 for SMEs, $5,475 for large companies.

Other Opportunities, and Events
October 23 - 25: National Buyer/Seller Forum ? Edmonton, Canada
The Canadian Oilsands is one of the largest industrial engineering projects in the world with over $2.077 trillion in expected spending over the next 25 years to build and maintain the vast network of Oilsands projects and infrastructure. Thousands of workers and thousands of companies are positioning to support the Oilsands ? a process that is quickly reshaping the Canadian Economy. The 2012 NBSF will bring energy companies and current and potential supply chain partners together. Buyers include Oilsands executives, procurement leaders, and EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) companies. The cost for non-members and buyers for the full conference is $1,195 (CAN) with an early bird discount of 300 dollars ending September 10, 2012.

November 14-17, 2012: MEDICA 2012 Corporate Executive Office Program ? Dusseldorf, Germany
MEDICA is the largest and most prestigious medical technology show in the world, with over 4,500 exhibitors, and over 137,000 international visitors. The Commercial Service's CEO Program provides a unique way for U.S. firms to optimize their participation in this Show. Showcase your products and services to over 137,000 "trade only" visitors from 85 countries; meet the potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals without the expense of an exhibition booth. Space is limited and only four slots remain.

November 30-December 2, 2012: U.S. Pavilion at Asia Golf Show ? Shenzhen, China

The U.S. Commercial Service is partnering with Reed Exhibitions to build a U.S. travel and golf education pavilion at the Asia Golf Show to promote U.S. golf destinations and U.S. based golf schools. The number of Chinese visitors to the United States is expected to triple to 3 million over the next five years. With the number of golfers in China growing by 30% annually, significant interest in more Chinese groups visiting the United States to play golf, shop, and participate in everything U.S. golf destinations have to offer is expected. This is the largest golf show in Southern China, with Guangdong Province being the most important market for golf travel in China. This show will include exhibitions on all products related to golf, including golf equipment, construction of new courses and golf course maintenance equipment. But with an estimated 300,000 Chinese golfers thinking about taking a golf vacation this year, Commercial Service and Reed Exhibitions are dedicating one U.S. pavilion just to promote golf travel to the United States. See more information about this event at http://export.gov/industry/travel/golfinitiative/index.asp

January 30-February 4, 2013: Taipei International Book Fair 2012 - Taiwan

The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is one of the largest annual trade shows for the publishing industry in Asia. TIBE2013 will take place January 30-February 4, 2013 at the Taipei World Trade Exhibition Halls with a focus on: promoting books, digital content, audio/video content including film, as well as selling publishing & licensing rights. This is an excellent opportunity for U.S. publishers, authors, agents, booksellers, content providers and publishing service providers to promote their products and meet buyers in the region. If you are unable to attend, the USA Pavilion staff along with the American Institute in Taiwan will help in generating interest for your content. Registration Deadline: December 3, 2012; Display Materials Deadline: December 7, 2012. For more information visit http://export.gov/industry/paper/eg_main_042808.asp.

February 5-7, 2013: U.S. Pavilion at Expo Manufactura ? Monterrey, Mexico

Expo Manufactura 2013 is the largest diversified metalworking and manufacturing industrial technology exhibition in Mexico with an expected number of 450 exhibitors representing over 600 brands and 9,500 visitors from 26 countries. The Commerce Department forecasts around 100 U.S. exhibitors at Expo Manufactura 2013 which focuses on meeting high level buyers. The show will include the latest machines and efficient technical solutions, product-related services, sustainability in manufacturing for modern metalworking technology. Mexico’s $3 billion metal working and machinery sectors, the largest in Latin America, offer a strong market for innovative U.S. materials and equipment. The market also offers good prospects for highly sophisticated or innovative U.S. peripheral instrumentation, equipment and machinery. Register for the U.S. Pavilion by July 30, 2012, and get a 5% discount. Benefits of the U.S. pavilion include: 5% off the 420 USD/ sqm booth regular price (9 sqm minimum) before July 30; The Mexico Industry Market Update CD; invitation to the USCS reception (your matchmaking opportunity); Pre-Show Gold Key service (ask for prices).

Visit our partners' event calendars for additional international trade and policy-related events:

Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing - http://www.illinoismanufacturing.org/
Chicago Council on Global Affairs - http://www.ccfr.org
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago - http://www.industrialcouncil.com/Events.html
International Trade Association of Greater Chicago - http://www.itagc.org/calendar.asp
International Trade Club of Chicago - http://www.itcc.org
Global Midwest Alliance - http://www.globalmidwestalliance.org/index-1.html
State of Illinois - DCEO - Office of Trade & Investment - www.exports.illinois.gov
University of Illinois Business & Industry Services - http://www.bis.uiuc.edu/schedule.html