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Commodity Spotlight: Diamonds



By: Christine Higgins We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but did you know that the United States imports billions (yes, billions with a B!) of dollars worth of diamonds every year? How many diamonds? The United … Continue reading

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Trade Term: SCAC & IATA



By: Kenny Mayo The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) code are used to identify the carrier that transports the goods out of the United States. Before selecting a carrier code it is important to … Continue reading

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2014 FTD Customer Service Survey



By: Vecoya Greene It’s that time again! Time for you to tell us how to improve our customer service. The 2014 Foreign Trade Division Customer Service Survey is now available and we would like you to participate. If you used … Continue reading

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Commodity Spotlight: Cotton



By: Mayumi Escalante Cotton swabs, blue jeans, sewing thread, t-shirts, bed sheets. What do these products have in common? They all are made from cotton. The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of detailed export and import statistics on finished … Continue reading

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The Basics of Export Compliance – Summer Webinar Series begins June 10th



By: Josefina Hicho We are pleased to announce that we are hosting free webinars on the basics of export compliance from June 10 through August 26. We collaborated with other government agencies to bring you the latest information on exporting, … Continue reading

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What’s This I Hear About the AESTIR?



By: Sean Kline If you’ve heard about a thing called the AESTIR (ey-steer), but don’t know exactly what it is, then this is the blog for you. The Automated Export System Trade Interface Requirements (AESTIR) defines the data requirements that … Continue reading

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Doing Business in China 101



By: Iris Kapo, International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service Specialists from the Commercial Service can help you overcome challenges in the market and reach specific goals. Below are some tidbits of knowledge that stemmed from this year’s American Association of … Continue reading

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How Much Of Our Exports Come From Manufacturing?



Made in the U.S.A. With almost 300,000 establishments and 11 million employees, manufacturing plays a major role in the nation’s economy. So much so that about 6 in 10 U.S. export dollars come from manufacturers. Click on the Infographic below … Continue reading

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ALERT! Delay of the effective date for changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)



By: Daniel Cariello Fresh off the press today, the FTR final rule, published on March 14, 2013, will now be effective April 5, 2014. Previously it was scheduled to take effect on January 8, 2014. Additionally, the Office of Management … Continue reading

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Watch a Free Webinar Series!



Recognize this Picture? No, it’s not a game but we do hope that you recognize the image from our Go Global Webinar Series. Yesterday we held our last webinar of the series. Throughout the 11 presentations we learned how government … Continue reading

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