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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

May 2007

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In this issue:

Increasing U.S.–Mexico Competitiveness: The Way Forward
A visit to Mexico by Franklin L. Lavin, under secretary of commerce for international trade, highlighted important issues that will enhance the relationship between the United States and its second-largest export market.

Commerce Department Enlists Consumers in the Fight against Fakes
A consumer awareness campaign launched in April asks the public to think twice about the consequences of counterfeiting and piracy, and it provides steps to keep fakes off the shelves and out of our homes and businesses.

U.S. Commercial Service Expands to China’s Second-Tier Cities
Fourteen of China's second-tier cities account for 8 percent of China’s population but 53 percent of its total imports, which is why the untapped markets of China’s emerging cities provide some of the most exciting and lucrative opportunities for U.S. exporters.

Americas Competitiveness Forum Update
The June forum will feature the participation of senior officials from numerous Western Hemisphere countries as well as site visits that highlight the four issues areas that are the focus of the two-day event.

Short Takes: News from the International Trade Administration

  • Spanish Edition of Business Ethics Textbook Published
  • Benefits of Open Skies Agreement with European Union Examined
  • Trade Promotion Authority Supported by President’s Export Council

International Trade Calendar
Highlights of upcoming trade events.

Market of the Month


International Trade Update is published monthly by the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. A subscription service is available to receive notification by e-mail when new issues are published.

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