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Upcoming Fall Shows and Trade Missions

Fall 2012 holds many opportunities for North Dakota companies to promote their products globally.  The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and member companies will be participating in the leading agriculture machinery show in Astana, Kazakhstan – KazAgro/KazFarm – Oct. 26-28, as well as IndAgra in Bucharest, Romania, Oct. 31-Nov.4.  NDTO will also help lead the North Dakota -Colombia Trade Mission, Oct. 7-13.

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Press Release: ND to Host Delegation Value-Added Food, Soybean Buyers from Southeast Asia

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), in conjunction with the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA), will host a delegation of seven value-added food buyers and three American Soybean Association (ASA) officers from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand during the Southeast Asia Reverse Trade Mission, held Sept. 10-13 in the Red River Valley. The Southeast Asian visitors are soy-food producers interested in purchasing high-quality food grade soybeans from the Red River Valley region.

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Press Release: Howard Dahl to be Appointed Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan by Ambassador

FARGO, N.D. – Howard Dahl, internationally-known North Dakota entrepreneur and current President and CEO of Amity Technology, is scheduled to be appointed Honorary Consul of the Upper Midwest to the Republic of Kazakhstan on Tuesday, Sept. 11 during the Big Iron International Visitors Program Welcome Ceremony in Fargo.  Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S. Erlan A. Idrissov will present Dahl with the appointment, of which duties include the enhancement of bilateral relations of trade, economy and culture between Kazakhstan and North Dakota.

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New Requirement for Food Exports to China Begin October 1

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

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Press Release: Commercial Exports in ND Exceed $2 Billion in First Half of 2012

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.

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ND Continues to Cultivate Trade Relationship with South Korea

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.

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NDTO Develops Customized Training Program for UTC Aerospace Systems Manufacturing

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).

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NDSU Extension Service Hosts Delegation from Kosovo

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.

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ND to Host Delegation from South East Asia in September

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.

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Japanese Ambassador Visits North Dakota July 31

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.

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