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NDTO set to lead Trade Mission to Indonesia, Vietnam

The North Dakota Trade Office, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, will lead companies to Southeast Asia Nov. 30 – Dec. 7, 2011, during the Indonesia and Vietnam Trade Mission.

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Receive Certification in Export Management through Fall Course at NDSU

The North Dakota Trade Office has once again partnered with North Dakota State University for the third installment of the NDSU Export Management course.  The 12-week course is offered to students as well as business professionals and prepares attendees for expansion into the global marketplace.  For exporters, the class will run from Jan. 10 – April 3, 2012.

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Iran, Sudan Food Regulation Changes

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a notice in the Federal Register on October 12, 2011, announcing the issuance of a general license for the export of food products to Iran and Sudan.  Previously, exports to the two countries required specific one-year licenses from OFAC; these new regulations will open the trade corridor for North Dakota food product companies who are interested in exporting to Iran and Sudan.

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China Trade Talk Prepares ND Companies for March 2012 Trade Mission

The Business Opportunities in China Trade Talk, held Nov. 2 in Fargo and Jamestown and Nov. 3 in Bismarck, drew 60 participants from around the region, representing the value-added agriculture, machinery, grain storage, government and education industries.

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Congress Passes Three Free Trade Agreements

The U.S. House and Senate have approved three trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, which will further boost exports in North Dakota.  These agreements are expected to be signed by President Obama on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

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Investing in Social Capital

Featured ND Business Watch on October 16, 2011

When PepsiCo advertised in Taiwan with the ad “Come Alive with Pepsi”, they had no idea that it would be translated into Chinese as “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead.”

This type of cultural blunder is obvious, but success in international business goes much further than being aware of the idiosyncrasies of language.

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ND Entrepreneurs Dahl, Batcheller Launch IAS

Two of North Dakota’s agricultural visionaries have announced the formation of Intelligent Agriculture Solutions (IAS), a joint venture with the goal of bringing new, high-technology, low-cost electronics to the agricultural equipment markets.

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North Dakota Companies to Attend KazAgro/KazFarm 2011

Select North Dakota organizations will attend the international trade show KazAgro/KazFarm 2011, marking the 19th trip  to Kazakhstan organized by the North Dakota Trade Office.

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Fifth Anniversary of Big Iron International Visitors Program Draws International Buyers from More Than 10 Countries

The North Dakota Trade Office hosted a large delegation of international visitors from around the world Sept. 12-15, 2011,  at the fifth 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.

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Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show Provides Insight for ND Agricultural Companies

North Dakota Trade Office representatives attended the eighth annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show, held in Seattle August 22-24, 2011.  This event, which is usually held in Minneapolis, put a global spotlight on the soybean and grain production capabilities of the Upper Midwest and on the shipping and infrastructure needs and opportunities we have in meeting the world’s demand for high-quality food.

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