Planning is underway for the upcoming Vietnam/Indonesia trade mission. The North Dakota Trade Office will lead companies to Southeast Asia November 30 – December 7, 2011. The first stop will be in Jakarta, Indonesia with a reception at the U.S. Embassy November 30, 2011. The second leg of the trip will be in Vietnam, with a reception December 5, 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City. NDTO Director of International Management Mark Johnson is very optimistic about this mission, “Both economies are doing well and growing, and both have decent trade relations with the United States as well as a strong interest in North Dakota products.”
If you’re wondering if trade missions or reverse trade missions can help boost exports, just ask Dakota Technologies. The small North Dakota company that employs just six people is celebrating the sale of its first UVOST machine to Korea.
Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Erlan Idrissov, is coming to North Dakota. The Ambassador arrives July 10th on a three day trip that is aimed at strengthening an already strong relationship between the Eurasian country and North Dakota political and business leaders.
Congratulations to NDTO member company Cherrington on a recent business deal with Ecuador! The sale marks the largest single transaction the company has made in Latin America. In February, Cherrington received a sales order for 27 beach cleaners. The machines were delivered in March and May 2011 with two technicians on site for the installation and training of the 27 machines.
If you’ve considered taking part in the upcoming Nordic trade mission now is the time to commit. The North Dakota Trade Office, US Commercial Service and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture will lead companies to the Nordic countries October 10-15, 2011.
Exporting continues to make a huge impact on the economy of North Dakota. That was the message from NDTO executive director Dean Gorder, Wednesday, June 1st at the NDTO annual meeting held in Fargo.
The North Dakota Trade Office is pleased to announce the addition of Natalya Nesterenko to its Kazakhstan office. Natalya will take over for Yermek Umurazkov as the country representative. NDTO executive director Dean Gorder says, “Natalya will be a great fit. She has an ag background and spent the past 6 months working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service in Astana, Kazakhstan. We’re very pleased to have her as part of the NDTO team.”
On May 12, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to examine the three pending free trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. It has been nearly four years since the agreements were signed and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) says delays to implement them are costing the U.S. in market share and access to foreign competitors.
North Dakota Trade Office member Fargo-based Brandt Holdings Company was awarded a 2011 Presidential E-Award for excellence in exporting on May 16, 2011.
The North Dakota Trade Office’s director of agricultural machinery is on a mission. Tom Wollin is headed to Romania next week to “scout” two trade shows taking place there to find out which one would be the best fit for our members. The first, RomAgroTec, is one of the largest and longest running shows held in the region. It has an emphasis on farm equipment and is held in Bucharest.