Southern California December Monthly Newsletter

Webinar: Colombia and Panama: Significant Opportunities for Exports of U.S. Products and Services
December 11, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST
Your Computer

The Foreign Trade Association invites you to join Senior Commercial Officers Cameron Werker, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia and Daniel Crocker, U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama as they discuss via webinar opportunities for U.S. goods and services exports to these dynamic markets.


In the eyes of U.S. exporters, Colombia may suffer more from the perceptions of the past than the realities of the present. The past 10 years have brought extraordinary change and the political stability, growing middle class, and improved security has created an economic boom. Demonstrating the positive long-term effect of Colombia’s political and economic policies, GDP growth of between 5 and 6 percent is expected for 2012. The United States is Colombia’s largest trading partner and Colombia is the 22nd largest market for U.S. exports in 2011. U.S. exports to Colombia in 2011 topped USD 14 billion, an increase of more than 15 percent over 2010.

The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered into force on May 15, 2012. On the day of implementation, over 80 percent of U.S. industrial goods and more than half of U.S. exports of agricultural commodities became duty-free.


The U.S. is Panama's most important trading partner, with about 30% of the import market, and U.S. products enjoy a high degree of acceptance in Panama. In 2011, U.S. exports to Panama jumped 34% to $8.25 billion – in no small part due to the fact that Panama’s economy grew 10.5%. Its strategic location as a bridge between two oceans and the meeting of two continents has made Panama not only a maritime and air transport hub, but also an international trading, banking, and services center.

The United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (U.S.-Panama TPA) entered into force on October 31, 2012 and on this day over 87 percent of U.S. industrial goods and more than half of agricultural commodities exports to Panama became duty-free. The U.S.-Panama TPA also increased access to Panama’s $20.6 billion services market. There are also significant infrastructure opportunities in the ongoing $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion project, as well as through the almost $10 billion in other significant infrastructure projects, including construction of a highway between Colon and Panama City, the expansion and modernization of the Tocumen International Airport, and a mega-port project for container ships on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

Guangdong Investment Environment Promotion and Matchmaking Meeting/Luncheon for Key Industries in U.S.
December 11th 2012, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, the L.A. Hotel Downtown

Meet with Chinese Enterprises sourcing US$ 40 million+ U.S. products or services
Business Matchmaking for Key Industries: Finance; Infrastructures and Industrial Parks; Modern Agriculture; Information Technology; Machinery; Light Industry and Building Materials; Chemical and Medicine; Service Outsourcing and Service Industry; Tourism and Others.

Luncheon Free of Charge

Please R.S.V.P. to Ms. Kelly He, AmCham Project Coordinator, at Tel: 86-20-83351476 ext 39 or Email:

Webinar: Franchise Opportunities in the Middle East: Egypt, Jordan, Qatar
December 12, 2012
7:30am Pacific
your computer

Looking to expand your franchise to the Middle East? Wondering if your brand will work in Qatar? Will investors in Jordan understand your concept? Is Egypt the next big market for your service? Join US Commercial Service in-country industry specialists to hear about the latest franchise opportunities in this dynamic region. Local specialists will present an overview of the franchise industry in each of their markets and enlighten you on the best market prospects for their countries. You will also be briefed on upcoming trade events (trade mission, trade shows, etc.) being coordinated to help you maximize your Middle East partner search. For more information about this event or to register, contact Kristin Houston at

ExporTech: An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth
Ontario, CA
December 13, 2012, January 24, February 21, 2013
$3500 “Early bird” and other discounts may be available
Link to register:
or contact Elizabeth Glynn at 310.984.0728 or

Provides your company with a systematic process for entering or expanding in global markets; Connects you with the best international business experts in the region; assists you to develop a peer-reviewed export growth plan in 12 weeks; Involves a unique combination of innovative group sessions and individualized coaching.

Global Market Intelligence Webinar Series
1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
: Free for US firms
Link to register:

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce organizes this monthly Webinar presentation for US exporters on market/country opportunities and special export-related topics including international trade finance, export regulations compliance, transaction insurance, success stories, logistics, and other critical aspects of export business operations. Archives of previously recorded Global Market Intelligence Webinar also available at

Fundamentals of Export Compliance - A 2-Day Course
The Center for International Trade Development, Long Beach

Date/Time: January 10-11, 2013 / Registration: 8:45 a.m.; Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
Members $425; Non-Members $550
Link to register: (Please see Events & Membership)

The Foreign Trade Association presents this 2-day course intended for export compliance professionals and management with export compliance responsibilities. This course will provide an in-depth review of regulatory requirements under the Census Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, OFAC regulations, ITAR and U.S. Customs export regulations. It will also cover practical advice for implementing and improving corporate export compliance procedures and for managing incidents of non-compliance. Topics will include among many others: AES and related export procedures; customer and destination screening; classifying products under the CC; particular issues with custom-made components, and obtaining classification decisions, and how to determine if your export requires a license.

Irvine, CA
Jan. 23, 2013 / 7:30-4:00
Link to register:

Open Discussion with USPTO Experts (invited guests) and with Crowell & Moring attorneys

SAVE THE DATE: Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference 2013
USC Davidson Center, Los Angeles, CA
: April 8-9, 2013
More information:

  Notice to Visitors!

  The link you have chosen will take you to a non-U.S. Government website.

  If the page does not appear in 5 seconds, please click this: outside web site is managed by the International Trade Administration and external links are covered by its website  disclaimer statement.

  Notice to Visitors!

  The link you have chosen will take you to a non-U.S. Government website.

  If the page does not appear in 5 seconds, please click this: outside web site is managed by the International Trade Administration and external links are covered by its website disclaimer statement.