Hong Kong Food Expo
Aug 14 – Aug 20 all-day

Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is the second largest export market for California Food & Agriculture, totaling over $3.5 billion. Because Hong Kong is one of the leading trading hubs in Asia, the Hong Kong Food Expo attracts buyers from all over Asia and South-East Asia, the fastest growing and largest regional market for California consumer goods and food products. In addition, Hong Kong’s sophisticated transportation infrastructure system provides perfect opportunity for U.S. businesses to connect with other Asian markets.


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Vehicle Aftermarket Trade Mission to Chile
Aug 21 – Aug 22 all-day

Why Chile?

  • Chile is stable, prosperous and consistently ranks high on international indices relating to economic freedom, transparency and competitiveness.
  • Macroeconomic stability and growing integration with international capital markets has earned Chile an A+ credit rating, the highest in Latin America.
  • Under the United States – Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exports to the region are no longer subject to tariffs.
  • U.S. brands are the top sellers for heavy vehicles. Best prospects include but are not limited to: engine kits, differential gears, clutches, rings, accessories, lights, pneumatic suspension systems, batteries, filters, oil, joints, rods and fifth wheels.
  • In the market for light vehicles, the best prospects include but are not limited to: engine components, clutches, mufflers, tires, catalytic converters, lights, gearboxes, air filters, brake components and windshields.
International Trade Financial Strategies Symposium
Aug 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Topics for event:

  • Have you thought about how you can protect yourself against buyer non-payment?
  • Do you know what credit terms are available for selling to your international customers?
  • Do you have a strategy for funding your export transactions?
  • Do you have a strategy to finance international buyers’ purchases?
  • >How does currency exchange impact your international trade transactions?
International Trade Financial Strategies Symposium WITLA
Lunch with Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice of India
Aug 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am

The California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, DLA Piper and McKinsey Consulting, in partnership with NASSCOM, the industry association supporting the $154 billion IT industry in India, cordially invite you to an exclusive reception and luncheon honoring the esteemed Minister Ravi Shankar PRasad, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice – Government of India.

Union Minister Prasad will join us for a reception and lunch to discuss his vision for a Digital India and long-term partnership opportunities with American and California-based companies looking to help the Government of India with its vision to bring better access to digital technology to its citizens.

Monday, August 27, 2018
DLA Piper
555 Mission Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA

9:15am – 10:45am Reception and Presentation



There is limited space for this luncheon, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Cadee Condit at (209) 756-1202 or

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83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)
Sep 8 – Sep 16 all-day

First held in 1926, TIF enjoys significant international appeal. It is held annually in September in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and an important administrative, cultural, and business hub of SE Europe. TIF attracts a large number of exhibitors, visitors, professionals and business representatives from across Greece and the neighboring countries.

The theme of the U.S. presence at the Show in 2018 will be “Harnessing Innovation”, intending to showcase American leadership in driving ingenuity and creativity in a variety of business sectors. Since the USA will be the honored country, the participating American companies will attract the interest of the public, government officials, as well as officials from neighboring countries. The Prime Minister of Greece will attend the opening and inaugurate the American Pavilion along with a high-level delegation from the U.S. Government.

Brazil FinTech Roadshow
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

According to Finnovista, Brazil is home to the largest number of FinTech startups
in Latin America which is why, September 17-19, 2018 and in partnership with the
U.S. Commercial Service, PHM International will host a certified Trade Mission for
U.S. investors, incubators, and FinTech companies in São Paulo, Brazil.

*FinTech startup discounts available.




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Bureau of Industry and Security: Export Regulation Course
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day program is led by the Bureau of Industry & Security’s professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. Presenters will conduct a number of “hands-on” exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company’s export activities.

This workshop will explain:

  • The Scope of the Export Administration Regulations
  • How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product
  • When you may export without applying for a license
  • What an “Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP)” is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities
Central America Energy Transition Roundtable
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For years, Central America has sought to achieve energy security in a variety of manners. Countries have looked to a wide range of alternatives to replace imported oil including the possibility for natural gas and an enhanced role for renewable energy beyond hydroelectricity. Indeed, guaranteeing sufficient supplies at reasonable costs has been at the center of many debates focused on boosting the region’s economic competitiveness. In terms of the broader renewable energy outlook, long-term auctions across Latin America have resulted in record costs and made clear that renewables are a competitive source of the supply mix in emerging markets.

More recently, Central America has not been immune to the global energy transformation underway. Many of the elements of the energy transition are being assessed at varying levels in countries of the region. Indeed, long dependent on imported energy sources, Central America has increasingly embraced the role for domestic sources of renewable energy in their power mix. Incorporating wind and solar energy to support the region’s important hydroelectric capacity has seen important results and in many cases reduced exposure to volatile international oil prices, as well as lessening exposure to climate change and improving resiliency. In addition, the economic goals inherent in regional interconnection, and ultimately integration, of the nations’ six power markets is an important policy option for increased energy security and reducing costs.

Costa Rica, in particular, has garnered international attention for its consecutive days of electricity generated from renewable sources – over 300 days in 2017. The country has long been known for its commitment to sustainability across all segments of the economy and has burnished its reputation with its clean energy milestone last year. Meanwhile, Panama and El Salvador have made great strides as well guiding their countries toward increasingly competitive electric markets while diversifying their energy matrices; Panama will soon commission Central America’s first natural gas-fired power plant and plans are on tap for LNG in El Salvador next year. Honduras and Nicaragua despite grave security and political challenges have been hugely successful with incorporating renewable energy into to their power mix. Indeed, electric market reforms in Honduras have fostered the region’s most competitive solar market.

But, the nations of Central America must continue to insure that developments in the energy sector will support economic competitiveness. Indeed, the role of government in setting and managing policy, as well as regulating private sector economic activity, is a long-standing element for discussion. But with rapidly evolving global energy markets, it deserves renewed attention as government officials, investors and regulators alike must make decisions in the context of the new reality for competition, energy sources, how energy is consumed and the role of the consumer.

Beyond the critical intersection of energy and economic development in Central America, there are other questions surrounding the ability to fully finance, deliver projects on time, and at the prices won at auction. Moreover, the rise of renewables is simultaneously boosting the potential for distributed generation and net metering. In many cases, these changes are already forcing utilities to become far more flexible and nimble in the way they manage their grids. Additionally, decarbonization of transportation in Central America is an increasingly urgent matter for discussion. Finally, Costa Rica has rightfully ignited a robust debate over the feasibility of a 100% renewable power mix for a country, a question that would have been discarded as pure fantasy only a few short years ago

National Association of District Export Councils Annual Export Symposium
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm

Each ​​year ​​National ​​Association ​of ​District ​​Export ​​Councils ​(NADEC) ​​organizes ​​Export ​Symposium ​and ​DEC ​Forum ​​where ​​exporting ​​community ​​and ​​DEC ​​members ​​come ​​together ​​to ​​share ​​the ​​recent ​​developments ​​
and ​​work ​​on ​​the ​​pressing ​​issues ​​on ​​U.S. ​​foreign ​​trade ​​and ​​exporting. ​​

Oct ​2 ​- ​District ​Export ​Council ​Forum ​ ​- ​open ​only ​to ​DEC ​members
Oct ​3 ​- ​Export ​Symposium ​– ​open ​to ​all ​exporting ​community

This ​year’s ​DEC ​Forum ​will ​have ​panels ​on ​
– ​How ​to ​Get ​Started/Re-engaged ​as ​a ​DEC ​Member
– ​Taking ​Your ​DEC ​to ​the ​Next ​Level
– ​DEC ​Manual ​Updates
– ​Congressional ​Engagement ​Methods
– ​Providing ​Direct ​Business ​Assistance

as ​well ​as ​DoC ​ITA ​Updates ​and ​Speed ​Networking ​sessions.

This ​​year’s ​Annual ​National ​DEC ​Export ​​Symposium ​ ​will ​​​have ​several ​panels ​focusing ​​​on ​​​the ​key ​export ​issues ​and ​updates. ​Panels ​will ​include ​the ​following:
– ​NAFTA ​- ​What’s ​on ​the ​Horizon
– ​Data ​Privacy ​- ​It ​is ​not ​just ​about ​the ​EU ​anymore
– ​Tariffs ​- ​China ​and ​Everywhere ​Else
– ​Exim ​Bank ​- ​Show ​me ​the ​Money!

This ​year, ​we ​will ​also ​offer ​Table ​Topic ​Discussions ​on ​China, ​Africa, ​Europe, ​Western ​Hemisphere, ​IndoPacific, ​232/301 ​Investigations, ​Enforcement ​& ​Compliance ​- ​Anti ​Dumping ​and ​CVD, ​Supply ​Chain ​and ​other ​hot ​topics.

Our ​speakers ​include:
– ​Wilbur ​Ross ​(U.S. ​Secretary ​of ​Commerce, ​invited)
– ​Ian ​Steff ​ ​(Performing ​the ​non ​exclusive ​functions ​and ​duties ​of ​the ​Assistant ​Secretary ​for ​ ​ ​Global ​Markets
​and ​Director ​General ​of ​the ​U.S. ​and ​Foreign ​Commercial ​Service)
– ​Tom ​McGinty ​(National ​Director, ​U.S. ​Commercial ​Service)
– ​John ​Murphy ​(U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce, ​Sr. ​Vice ​President ​for ​International ​Policy)

and ​distinguished ​speakers ​and ​panelists ​from ​the ​
U.S. ​Department ​of ​Commerce ​- ​Bureau ​of ​Industry ​and ​Security ​
International ​Trade ​Administration ​
U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce ​
Small ​Business ​Administration
EXIM ​Bank, ​and ​exporting ​ecosystem

2018 U.S.-Taiwan Business Day
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trade between the U.S. and Taiwan is highly complementary. Taiwan is the U.S.’s 11th largest trade partner while the U.S. is Taiwan’s 2nd largest. With the aim of augmenting Taiwan-US bilateral business cooperation, both the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and TAITRA are co-hosting “US Business Day” in Taipei, for the 7th consecutive year. The one-on-one business meetings facilitated by TAITRA will serve to help US businesses tap into Taiwan’s global supply chain, and vice versa. The event will reimburse qualified buyers for travel expenses incurred during their visit.

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