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Comment by USTR Ron Kirk regarding WTO meeting in Geneva

04/29/2011

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk commented briefly today following the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, of the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). From Ambassador Kirk:

“We appreciate today’s collective assessment of WTO Members on the status of Doha. It is clear that serious gaps remain and the path ahead is uncertain. The United States is committed to pursuing any option that is reasonably likely to break the logjam. In the coming weeks, Members need to focus on a range of tough questions, including how best to move ahead.”

Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke spoke at today’s meeting in Geneva. His full statement, as delivered, can be found online here.

New Online Tool Highlights Tariff Benefits of Free Trade Agreements for American Small Businesses

04/27/2011

Washington, DC –

Exporters now have an online resource that streamlines tariff information for 85 percent of goods going to 20 markets with which the U.S. has negotiated trade agreements. This information has never before been available free of charge online in one searchable database. This new tool makes it easier for small businesses to grow and prosper through exports. The website also contains an instructional video, a quick start guide, and a user’s manual.

“Our trade agreements benefit small businesses by making it easier to export and sell American products to customers abroad,” said Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. “Our trade agreements lower costs and risks for small businesses that seek to export by reducing and eliminating tariffs, reducing other barriers to trade, improving intellectual property protections, easing customs administration to get goods more quickly to market, and increasing the transparency of foreign countries’ laws and regulations.”

U.S. trade agreements boost American competitiveness in foreign markets and improve the global business environment, helping U.S. companies and workers to compete. The FTA Tariff Tool will help more small businesses take advantage of these valuable export opportunities.

“Exporting creates an increased demand for products and services which in turn requires increased production, often leading to more American jobs. President Obama has made free trade agreements one of the pillars of his National Export Initiative, and his recent announcements regarding agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama expand the potential opportunities for U.S. exports to these trading partners as well,” said Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, assistantsecretary of commerce for manufacturing and services. “By making information on tariff benefits U.S. companies receive under these agreements more accessible, the FTA Tariff Tool will make it possible for more companies to increase their exports to these markets.”

“This new tool makes it even easier for small businesses to begin exporting,” said Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. “Many small business owners would benefit from exporting but might not have the time or resources to get started. Giving small business owners a simple way to navigate the complexities of tariffs and international trade is a crucial step in ensuring they have what they need to grow their business and create jobs.”

The new online tool combines tariff and trade data into a simple, easy-to-search public interface that allows small businesses and other U.S. exporters to find detailed information for the 17 U.S. trade agreement partners and three pending partners. The FTA Tariff Tool empowers the user to perform searches for tariff treatment for specific industrial products under each trade agreement instantly and at a glance. This will help small manufacturers with planning for entry into new export markets. The tool also enables the user to access market and sector reports and other FTA-related information that is useful for small businesses seeking new export opportunities.

The U.S. presently has trade agreements with 17 trading partners. In 2010, exports to these partners represented $522 billion of U.S. merchandise exports, up 23.1 percent from 2009. Manufactured goods represented 89 percent of the merchandise exports to these countries. The U.S. had a $21.1 billion trade surplus in manufactured goods with our FTA partners in 2010.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie Johns, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse, and Export-Import Bank Board Member Diane Farrell, on behalf of the World Trade Center of Delaware, invite you to attend

NEW MARKETS, NEW JOBS:

THE NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE SMALL BUSINESS TOUR

 

with Governor Jack Markell

 

Friday, May 13, 2011

 

Hosted by the World Trade Center of Delaware and

the State of Delaware International Trade and Development

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie Johns, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse, Export-Import Bank Board Member Diane Farrell, and Governor Jack Markell on behalf of the World Trade Center in Delaware, invite you to attend New Markets, New Jobs. It is a conference designed to help connect small- and medium-sized businesses with the resources they need to sell more of what they make in markets overseas.

The National Export Initiative Small Business Tour is designed to help achieve the United States’ goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014 to support the creation of several million American jobs.

America’s small- and medium-sized businesses, the engines of growth, still face many hurdles in getting their products and services to new markets: the lack of readily available information about exporting and market research; challenges in accessing export financing; and strong competition from foreign companies and governments.

New Markets, New Jobs will address those challenges, and we’re excited to make the fourth stop of the tour in Wilmington, Delaware.

Conference attendees will benefit from:

·         Trade resource panels on key export topics, including

the spectrum of federal resources that can help businesses begin exporting or expand their exports.

·         Materials and resources to guide companies in the process of selling their products and services to consumers all over the world;

·         Lessons learned from area businesses that have succeeded in utilizing federal resources to expand into new markets and grow their businesses; and

·         Remarks from senior federal and local government officials.

WHEN:

Friday, May 13, 2011

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE:        

Delaware Technical and Community College

Wilmington Campus Conference Center

333 Shipley St, Wilmington, Del. 19801

– Reserve your seat for the NEI Small Business Tour today here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e3q24ecqfc663487&oseq=

– Registration cost per person is $35.00.

– Questions about attending? Contact Tony Ceballos, atAntonio.Ceballos@trade.gov, or 215-597-7141

– For interest in event sponsorship, please contact Rebecca C. Faber, at rfaber@wtcde.com or 302-656-7905

– For media inquiries, please contact the Commerce Department Office of Public Affairs at (202) 482-4883 orHChatalas@doc.gov


Weekly Trade Spotlight: NEI Tariff Tool

04/28/2011

This week’s trade spotlight highlights a new online tool for small businesses to take advantage of exporting to U.S. trade agreement partners.  Deputy U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business, Market Access, and Industrial Competitiveness Christina Sevilla talks below about the new online tool and its importance for America’s small businesses.

Ambassador Kirk Briefs Members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

04/27/2011

On Tuesday, Ambassador Kirk invited leaders from the United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce to participate in a briefing about the U.S. trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. They also discussed President Obama’s trip to Latin America in March and his broader trade agenda. During the briefing, held via conference call, Ambassador Kirk gave opening remarks and answered questions. Additionally, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere John Melle, and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Latin America Bennett Harman participated in the conference call.

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