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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

August 2009

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In this issue:

Sustainable Business Practices Highlighted in Visit to Seattle Plants
This July, a nationwide facilities tour of leaders in sustainable business practices was launched in Seattle, Washington. The kick-off event and subsequent tours will highlight the importance of using practices that bring environmental and economic benefits.

South Africa: Gateway to Business in Africa’s “Southern Cone”
Craig Allen, senior commercial officer in Johannesburg, South Africa, talks about how that country, with its English-language business culture, transparent legal system, and access to neighboring markets, offers many advantages for U.S. exporters looking to expand into Africa.

Taiwan’s Accession to Government Procurement Agreement to Create Opportunities for U.S. Businesses
After a seven-year wait, Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Government Procurement. Membership will further open a large potential market to U.S. exporters wanting to sell to government entities in Taiwan.

Short Takes—News from the International Trade Administration:

  • Visits to China, Russia Highlight Trade Ties
  • Third Americas Competitiveness Forum to Take Place September 27–29 in Santiago, Chile
  • Fourth U.S.–Brazil CEO Forum Meets
  • House Subcommittees Hear about Africa Trade
  • Recent Posts to the ITA Blog

International Trade Calendar

Featured Trade Event: U.S.–Iraq Business Investment Summit


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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