Eight North Dakota State University (NDSU) graduate students are currently assisting North Dakota’s global business through the Export Assistant Program. The initiative, now in its eighth year, places talented graduate students in export companies that need assistance in moving their global business forward.
NDTO is leading a multi-sector trade mission to Australia the week of October 21, 2013. The goal of this mission is to assist North Dakota companies in finding qualified buyers and distributors in the Australian market.
A delegation of Chinese value-added food importers and R&D specialists are in North Dakota this week for tours and one-on-one meetings. This reverse trade mission is part of the ongoing initiative to promote North Dakota’s healthy food ingredients throughout China. NDTO plans to host a larger Reverse Trade Mission Sept. 22-28 and will lead North Dakota businesses to China Spring 2014 for the second-annual North Dakota ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ conference and exhibition.
Fifteen North Dakota agriculture and manufacturing companies are representing our state this week at the Canadian Farm Progress Show, the largest agriculture trade show in Canada, held annually in Regina, Saskatchewan. The show, now in its 36th year, provides an excellent platform for North Dakota companies to meet face-to-face with potential buyers and distributors from Canada and throughout the world.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple, along with the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), will lead a delegation of business and government leaders on a trade mission to Norway June 8-13.
“Norwegian heritage has always been an important part of North Dakota, and our state is committed to enhancing this relationship through mutually beneficial trade opportunities,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “This trip is part of our ongoing effort to bring North Dakota products to more and more buyers in high-demand markets around the world.”
North Dakota will host a large delegation of visitors from around the world Sept. 9-12 at the seventh 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.
Trade officials from around the world have set their sights on our state. In May alone, the North Dakota Trade Office and partner organizations were honored to host delegations from the Australia Consulate in Chicago, including Consul-General The Hon. Roger Price; the Consul-General of India in Chicago, The Hon. Mrs. Mukta D Tomar; and, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office of San Francisco.
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!
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 Sharon@ndto.com or (701) 231-1158.