Shawn Marie Jarosz has been elected as member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Women in International Trade for a two-year term beginning 1 June 2012.
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) is the premier non-partisan professional organization in Washington, D.C. for individuals -- particularly women -- who share a strong interest and expertise in the field of international trade. In addition to its first-rate substantive programs, WIIT is recognized for its range of professional development supports. It is the only trade organization in the Washington, DC area that keeps trade professionals ahead on trade news while also expanding professional skills and opportunities.
Happy Quinceañera, Information Technology Agreement. At 15 years old, it is high time negotiators expand the ITA in product coverage and membership!
May 2012 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement, or ITA. Currently, the ITA has 70 signatories and covers more than 97% of the world trade in information and communication technology (ICT) products.
Bottom line: US SME exporters seek more certainty and predictability in selling products overseas.
On May 16, 2012, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing entitled “US Trade Strategy: What’s Next for Small Business Exporters,” in order to address the unique problems faced by American Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in exporting their products to markets abroad.
The hearing highlighted the challenges faced by small business owners in taking advantage of exporting opportunities in overseas markets. In fact, while 95% of consumers live beyond the borders of the United States, only 1% of American small businesses are actively targeting those markets by exporting their goods. One key reason that more small business owners are foregoing overseas sales is simply that the obstacles to exporting can be daunting. Often, small businesses are not in a position to address the hurdles of customs compliance, tariff schedules, regulatory obligations, phytosanitary standards, and the often unpredictable enforcement of regulations in each target market.
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