China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will require all companies exporting food to mainland China to register with the agency by October 1, 2012. Agents working with these companies and consignees importing food to mainland China must also register. As it will take time to process each application, exporters are encouraged to file as soon as possible. To learn more about these regulations, visit http://english.aqsiq.gov.cn.
Per Capita Exports Rival that of Largest Export States
North Dakota exports continued to rise in the second quarter of 2012, bringing exports through June to $2.05 billion, a nearly 24 percent increase over the same period in 2011. Exports of Machinery, Ag Products, Chemicals, Food Manufactures and Transportation Equipment accounted for a nearly 15 percent increase over the same period in 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. These figures do not include bulk commodity export data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which accounts for over half of all North Dakota exports.
U.S. Department of Commerce data from the first half of 2012 shows that North Dakota’s commercial exports to Korea are up over 112 percent over the same period 2011. This growth is due in part to the hands-on relationship between North Dakota and the Republic of Korea, which has been actively cultivated since the conception of the North Dakota Trade Office in 2004.
If running a successful export business required all company employees to be experts on international trade, very few companies would succeed. The scope of exporting is too vast, and the rules change almost as quickly as one can learn the current regulations. Instead, leading global manufacturers such as UTC Aerospace Systems identify the most important aspects of exporting and enlist experts to educate employees. In July, UTC Aerospace Systems’ business located in Jamestown, ND, called on The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) to create a customized training program on classifying goods using the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) and the Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN).
North Dakota Organizations Unite to Promote Regional Expertise
A delegation from Kosovo is currently visiting North Dakota to learn about the state’s agricultural extension service. The Mid-America Consultants International (MACI) group organized an International Study Group program for 10 visitors from Kosovo, which will run from August 6-18, 2012. The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is one of the many North Dakota organizations which will present to the Kosovo International Study Group to help demonstrate how the state’s organizations work hand-in-hand to assist farmers, citizens and each other.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) will host a delegation of 10 value-added food buyers from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand during the Southeast Asia Reverse Trade Mission, held September 10-13 in the Red River Valley.
Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., Ichiro Fujisaki, spent one full day in North Dakota on July 31 and brought laughter, praise and wishes for strengthened relationships between the state and Japan. Ambassador Fujisaki began his day in Bismarck where he met with Gov. Dalrymple, then traveled to Grand Forks where he made a public presentation at the University of North Dakota. The culmination was a community welcome held at the Grand Forks Japanese Gardens, hosted by Mayor Mike Brown.
North Dakota will host a large delegation of visitors from around the world Sept. 10-13 at the sixth annual Big Iron International Visitors Program, the international portion of the Big Iron Farm Show designed to assist the state’s agribusinesses in expanding their international sales.
Quality research is a fundamental part of building a successful export business. In a world of constant information-sharing via the Internet, it is sometimes assumed that answers can be found with a quick Google search; however, uncovering valuable trade information is usually time consuming and often expensive. That’s why the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is now offering top research software to all NDTO Export Members, including AtoZ World Trade and Kompass.
Presentation to be Held at the University of North Dakota (UND)
The Ambassador of Japan to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, is scheduled to visit North Dakota on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Ambassador Fujisaki plans to meet with business and community leaders and is scheduled to give a public presentation about the relationship between Japan and North Dakota at the University of North Dakota (UND). The presentation will focus on trade challenges and opportunities between the two regions.