The global middle class is currently experiencing the most rapid expansion the world has ever seen. As middle class populations grow, so does their desire for choices, high quality goods and better service. These areas are where North Dakota companies shine and why middle classes around the world are a target market for many North Dakota companies. A recent report by the Brookings Institution provided an update on this unprecedented growth, with findings as follows.
Stepping inside of the Fargo Jet Center will make you want to fly exclusively via private aircraft. A luxurious passenger facility with floor to ceiling wrap-around windows, a fireplace and cozy leather chairs welcomes travelers as they wait, with a freshly baked muffin, for their plane to be refueled. One look into the elegant washrooms will leave you wishing that you never had to connect in Denver again. However, the Fargo Jet Center is more than what they call a fixed-based operator (FBO) in aviation jargon, it also imports and exports airplanes, maintains and upgrades aircraft, has a Charter division to take you wherever you want to go and a flight school to get you flying yourself.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) will be hosting a China–North Dakota reverse trade mission focused on identity-preserved (IP) soybeans on August 28-31, 2017. The trade mission will gather Chinese vetted buyers and North Dakota food grade soybean companies for promotional activities. This reverse trade mission is a follow up to NDTO’s ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ Conference and Exhibition held each year in China.
Precision Equipment, Dakota Air Parts and Summers Manufacturing are on a streak of success as they visit international markets and capitalize on a federal grant that partially funds international sales travel. All three companies have increased their export sales as of late, in large part due to travel to foreign markets. Each company was kind enough to share details on the progress they’ve made while using the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to offset travel expenses.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) will be hosting two specialty crop reverse trade missions in August 2017. The trade missions, focused on beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and more, will gather vetted buyers from Peru and the Philippines. The reverse trade missions are a follow up to the outbound trade missions led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and NDTO in March 2017.
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) was created in November 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. It is considered one layer of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. C-TPAT is a voluntary program and there is no fee to join. It allows a company to work closely with the U.S. Government in its war against terrorism and receive a reduced number of examinations at the border. But who should apply and what must a company do to get C-TPAT certified?
Posi Lock Puller Inc., a family-owned gear and bearing puller manufacturer headquartered in Cooperstown, ND, was named North Dakota’s 2016 Exporter of the Year on May 24 for its international expansion and support to the state’s export community. In addition, the North Dakota Soybean Council, a non-profit organization representing soybean farmers, received the 2016 Service to Exporters Award for its dedication to assisting North Dakota soybean companies. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford presented the awards during the Global Business Awards ceremony, the annual international business event hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO).
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented the North Dakota Trade Office with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 22. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) is on its way to being fully staffed, however with one unusual pick. Former New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett was nominated by President Trump to be president of the Ex-Im Bank for the next four years, a surprising choice since he was once a vocal opponent of the bank’s existence. Former Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus, an Ex-Im proponent, was nominated to the bank’s board to serve the remainder of a 4-year term that expires in 2019.
North Dakota companies returned from a trade mission to Peru last month, led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, and focused on the state’s pulse exports. Four North Dakota companies traveled to Lima on April 23 to promote their beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils to Peruvian buyers during tours, meetings and the inaugural North Dakota-Peru ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading …