The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and regional equipment dealers and representatives RDO Equipment, Titan Machinery and Agri Machinery Sales recently returned from Uruguay where they attended ExpoActiva, the largest agriculture equipment trade show in the country. This trip was part of a larger initiative by North Dakota to cultivate a strong trade relationship with Uruguay – one which is proving to be successful. New reports from U.S. Department of Commerce show North Dakota’s exports to Uruguay have increased over 585% over the same period last year.
JM Grain, a processor and exporter of dried peas, lentils and chickpeas headquartered in Garrison, ND, was named North Dakota’s 2011 Exporter of the Year on April 11 at the 2012 Global Business Connections conference, hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office. Gov. Jack Dalrymple presented the award to Vice President Marvin Flaten and his wife, Beverly Flaten.
At the 2011 Global Business Conference, Governor Jack Dalrymple presented Bremer Bank with North Dakota’s ‘2010 Service to Exporters Award’, an accolade given to the organization which demonstrates exceptional commitment to increasing the state’s international business. Bremer’s international expertise, coupled with the small-town bank feeling created by a close network of regional offices, makes Bremer a great resource for North Dakota’s small-to-medium sized exporters.
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) will lead a delegation comprised of 14 North Dakota businesses and organizations on a trade mission to China, March 19-28.
According to US Department of Commerce statistics released this month, North Dakota has reported another year of climbing export numbers, with a 33.2 percent increase from 2010 to 2011. Despite global economic challenges, the state has increased exports over 300 percent in the past last decade. Today, North Dakota exports more, per capita, than the state of California.
Driving through North Dakota along I-94 or I-29, it’s easy to spot the hubs of business activity as you pass through Bismarck, Jamestown and Fargo, then up through Hillsboro to Grand Forks. However, if you venture off the beaten path, you’ll find not only thriving farms but also innovative manufacturers dotting the prairie. Sheyenne Tooling & Manufacturing, located in Cooperstown, North Dakota, is a shining example of a small-town North Dakota company that is creating one-of-a-kind, world-class products.
More than 30 businesspeople and government officials from around the region got an up-close-and-personal look at navigating NAFTA and other Free Trade Agreements (FTA) at the Trade Talk that was held on Feb. 8 in Fargo. Bonnie Anderson of WTH International Services gave participants a candid look at FTA’s citing examples from over 30 years of experience in international trade.
Entering the global marketplace can be daunting, especially for companies that are new to exporting. There’s a significant learning curve involved in meeting foreign regulations, and landing customers in other countries can take time and money. One North Dakota Trade Office service that fully-encompasses the guiding principles of the North Dakota Trade Office – ‘Trade Expansion through Advocacy, Education and Expertise’- is Trade Missions. Trade Missions can take many forms, depending on the destination as well as the company participating, but the bottom line is facilitating business for companies through face-to-face meetings with potential buyers.
Are you proud of your company’s international accomplishments over the past year? Nominate them for the ‘2011 North Dakota Exporter of the Year Award’. This award is presented to one business that has made significant advancements in the international marketplace. The award-winning business is required to have expanded its business to a new international market in 2011, increased its export sales and supported the larger statewide effort to expand North Dakota’s global reach.
The North Dakota spirit is based on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Roll-A-Ramp, a product of DT&J, Inc. of West Fargo, encapsulates this spirit and has spent the last decade helping disabled individuals with their top-of-the-line, portable and versatile ramps, not only in North Dakota, but around the world.