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Two ND Exporters Win National Awards

North Dakota exporters are making national headlines. Roll-A-Ramp, a manufacturer of lightweight, portable aluminum wheelchair ramps based in West Fargo, North Dakota, was awarded the “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. Posi Lock Puller, Inc. of Cooperstown was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2013 North Dakota Small Business Exporter of the Year.

Congratulations to Roll-A-Ramp and Posi Lock Puller!

To read more about these awards, click on the links below:
Posi Lock Puller, Inc.


NDTO Provides Customized Training Programs

Exporting is not a one-size-fits-all process.  That’s why NDTO has the resources to develop focused, customized training programs tailored to the needs of your company to help develop your workforce and export compliance plans.  Training subject may include: HS classification, NAFTA verification, foreign trade zones, strategic export planning and similar programs.  Our trainers work one-on-one with your company throughout the project to empower staff members for long-term success and program maintenance.

To learn more about NDTO Customized Training, contact Sharon May at or (701) 231-1158.


Lt. Gov. Wrigley Speaks at Astana Economic Forum

North Dakota government and trade leaders are in Astana, Kazakhstan, this week attending the Astana Economic Forum, the annual event for economists and government leaders from Eurasia and around the world to discuss Kazakhstan’s growing economy and international trade opportunities.  Lt. Gov. Wrigley will meet with trade officials and take part in a panel session on Kazakhstan’s accession into the WTO and its effect on trade and agro-industrial complex development.

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ND Represented at Paraguay’s Expo Santa Rita

Paraguay has long been on the minds of North Dakota used-machinery and construction manufacturers, but with a lack of publicly-available information, the market has seemed untouchable.  This May, North Dakota will make its official push into Paraguay at the Expo Santa Rita trade show.  With statistics showing an over 500% growth in Paraguay’s import of used equipment from the U.S. since 2009 and strong support from the Paraguayan government to improve agriculture in the country, the market holds exciting potential for North Dakota exporters.

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ND to Partner with Iraq in Agribusiness

Kurdistan, an autonomous region located in northern Iraq, aims to become the ‘Breadbasket of the Middle East’ – and they are turning to North Dakota for assistance.  A small delegation from North Dakota returned from Iraq last week where they met with Iraqi and Kurdish leaders to discuss agribusiness cooperation.

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JM Grain Uses STEP ND Program to Increase Sales into South America

JM Grain, a processor and exporter of dried peas, lentils and chickpeas headquartered in Garrison, ND, is just one example of a North Dakota company that has used STEP ND funds to increase international sales.  Most recently, JM Grain used the program to offset costs for the Colombia and Brazil Trade Mission, which resulted in an immediate contract in Colombia for green peas, yellow peas and lentils.

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Press Release: ND Food Producers, Processors Comment on Challenges of Food Safety Modernization Act

FARGO – Farmers, food processors and government officials met in Fargo and Carrington last week to discuss the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), federal regulations intended to reduce the risk of unsafe food.

Individuals are invited to submit comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on two recently-proposed FSMA regulations prior to May 16, 2013.

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NORWAY Trade Mission Scheduled for June

NDTO is planning the Norway Trade Mission, scheduled for June 8-15, 2013.  The itinerary will include tours and one-on-one meetings with potential buyers, scheduled with assistance from the US Commercial Service in Oslo.  Part of the delegation, led by Norsk Hostfest out of Minot, ND, will also visit Telemark, Stavanger, and Skien, the sister city of Minot.

Companies with interest in the Norwegian market are encouraged to contact NDTO prior to April 26 for opportunity assessment.

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Second Quarter Events and Trade Missions

NDTO and our partners have a full agenda of events, trade missions and trade shows planned for the second quarter (April-June) 2013.  Below is a list of events.  All initiatives are eligible for STEP ND funding.

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Press Release: ND Showcases High Quality Food Ingredients at China Conference

FARGO, N.D. – Fourteen North Dakota companies and organizations have returned home after a week in Beijing and Guangzhou, China, where they successfully demonstrated uses for North Dakota’s high-quality commodities in Chinese food products.  The “Better for You Food Ingredients” event was organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and was led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

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