Yearly Archives: 2011

Trade deficit decreases to $43.7 billion in April



By: Joe Kafchinski The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $43.7 billion in April from $46.8 billion (revised) in March, as exports increased and imports decreased. April exports of goods and services increased $2.2 billion to … Continue reading

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Blogger Biographies for 2011



Cindy Area of expertise: I began working in the FTD as an intern for the Automated Export System Branch (AES) in the summer of 1998. Since then, I have helped to organize and build the foundation of the Automated Export … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Requirements for Importing a Rough Diamond?



By: Erin Days Earlier this year, I was in a geology class and was assigned a project on different minerals; I chose rough diamonds. In my search to buy one, I found this one carat rough diamond for about $60 from … Continue reading

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Featured Video: Export Compliance Introduction



  These videos are taken from a series of Export Videos produced jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To view a complete list of all our videos, go to our … Continue reading

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The Importance of Record Retention in AES



By: Nidaal Jubran How important is it to retain documentation filing in the Automated Export System (AES)? We receive many inquiries from users who are experiencing issues which stem from poor record retention on a daily basis. I make an effort … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Sea



By: Terri Long “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it…” The 1994 classic “Forrest Gump” taught you all the different ways to cook shrimp. USA Trade Online, on the … Continue reading

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Trade deficit increases to $48.2 billion in March



By: Fay Johnson The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $48.2 billion in March from $45.4 billion (revised) in February, as imports increased more than exports. The March services surplus ($13.9 billion) was once again a … Continue reading

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Local Chambers of Commerce Go International – Again



By: Chris Mead, Senior Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, an organization of 1,200 chambers of commerce, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. From the earliest days, international trade has been a major concern for local chambers of commerce. … Continue reading

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How to Make International Sales without Leaving Home



By: Doug Barry, senior international trade specialist with the Trade Information Center, U.S. Commercial Service A best-kept secret is that domestic trade shows are great places to meet and sell to international buyers. U.S. businesses that have discovered this relatively … Continue reading

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Featured Video: A Quick Guide to the Foreign Trade Regulations



  These videos are taken from a series of Export Videos produced jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To view a complete list of all our videos, go to our … Continue reading

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