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NDTO & World Trade News: What You Should Know

The North Dakota Trade Office has been in high gear over the summer as it underwent a strategy and revisioning process in order to best serve the state’s exporters, while also advocating on behalf of our members during this dynamic global trade climate. Since NDTO Newsletters took a brief hiatus during this time, we want to bring you up to date on what’s been happening both in world trade news as well as here at the NDTO.

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Export Assistant Program Relaunches

The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is partnering with North Dakota State University to relaunch the Export Assistant Program, an opportunity for talented graduate students and North Dakota companies to collaborate for mutual benefit. The Export Assistant Program allows an export assistant, who is often an international graduate student, gain valuable real-world experience at a company doing international business. In turn, the company gains a skilled team member with relevant experience and language proficiency. The relaunch of the program includes a stronger partnership between NDTO and NDSU and active recruiting efforts based on companies’ needs.

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Two Funding Options for Export Expansion

The North Dakota Trade Office has two new funding opportunities for exporters that began earlier this week. This year’s State Trade Expansion Program North Dakota (STEP ND 2018) has $247,614 available for small business exporters traveling abroad on sales trips and completing marketing and research activities. The Specialty Crop Program 2018 has $48,995 available for specialty crop exporters to attend individual sales trips to expand their exports of beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils and more. The programs began September 30 and October 1, respectively, and are now accepting applications for funding. Continue reading …

Press Release: North Dakota Awarded Nearly Quarter Million in Grant Funding

The State of North Dakota has been awarded a $247,614 grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which supports export growth among U.S. small businesses. The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) will administer the program for North Dakota applicants.

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Press Release: Big Iron International Visitors Program Draws Participants Despite Trade Challenges

North Dakota is hosting over 50 international visitors from more than 10 countries this week as part of the Big Iron International Visitors Program, the portion of the Big Iron Farm Show connecting international agriculture equipment buyers with North Dakota businesses. The International Visitors Program (IVP) runs Sept. 10-13 and is organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) with the cooperation of the U.S. Commercial Service.

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Q & A with the New NDTO Executive Director

The North Dakota Trade Office is excited to introduce its newest team member, Simon Wilson, as executive director. Simon comes from a strong team management background and has a history of accomplishment in executive roles, including Director of Operations at Titan Machinery and Case New Holland Industrial. Wilson has hit the ground running since joining NDTO, but took some time to answer questions on his background, why he loves North Dakota and his vision for the NDTO. Continue reading …

NDTO Leads China, Indonesia Soybean Trade Missions

The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) recently completed two trade missions to Asia focused on the state’s food grade, identity preserved soybeans. A trade mission to Indonesia in March and a trade mission to China in April both increased the visibility of North Dakota’s food grade soybeans within rising soy markets. One-on-one meetings with potential buyers and food processors as well as market tours provided further understanding of the needs of two promising U.S. soybean markets.

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Press Release: Brandt Holdings, NDSU’s Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics Receive Global Business Awards

Brandt Holdings, an agricultural and heavy equipment dealership headquartered in Fargo was named North Dakota’s 2017 Exporter of the Year on Wednesday for their achievements in international expansion and their support to the state’s export community. NDSU’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, a department that champions training and education to prepare students for careers in global trade, received the 2017 Service to Exporters award for their support and commitment to the next generation of North Dakota agribusiness professionals and exporters. Continue reading …

Importing and Exporting 101

Both importing and exporting basics will be the focus at upcoming educational sessions hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office. At this year’s Global Business Connections Conference, Bonnie Anderson, owner of WTH International, will offer Exporting 101, a course on finding markets, export regulations and getting paid. Meanwhile trade and compliance expert Suzanne Richer will present Importing 101, a training session on the basics of logistics, customs compliance and payment for products from foreign markets. Richer will also introduce a financial benefit for companies that both import and export. Continue reading …

Ag Commissioner Leads Trade Mission to Italy & Spain

North Dakota companies returned last week from a trade mission to Italy and Spain where the focus was on specialty crops. The mission was led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, and focused on the state’s pulse exports. Four North Dakota companies traveled to Naples, Italy and Madrid, Spain, two of the largest pulse markets in Europe, on March 5-9 to promote their beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils and borage to potential buyers.

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