Our Featured Country
Like all European economies, Germany did not escape the international economic crisis. Its economy contracted 5.3% (according to IMF estimates) in 2009, one of the most serious recessions in Europe. The German government rescue plan to bolster the banking system (around 500 billion euro) has restored confidence. A small positive economic growth rate of 0.3% is expected for 2010.
With its 82 millions inhabitants, Germany is the biggest market in the European Community. The country has a long history of industrial development and offers opportunities for potential subcontractors in the automotive industries, machinery and equipment, chemistry, information technologies, etc.
The German American Chambers of Commerce, based in New York with branches in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are FITA member associations. They offer a broad range of services to their member companies and their websites offer good resources for doing business with Germany. For further details also visit their joint web portal. And visit the websites of FITA members German American Business Association of California and German-American Business Council of Boston for similar resources.
Germany is also the location of many of the largest trade shows in the world. The largest of all is the Hannover Messe, this year to be held April 19-23 in Hannover. In 2010 the spotlight of the Messe will be industrial automation, energy, technology, industrial subcontracting and cutting-edge technologies. U.S. companies should consider exhibiting at the fair in the U.S. Commercial Service’s American Business Center, co-sponsored by FEDEX and Hannover Fairs USA. They will provide space and assistance at a cost of only $1000. Look at the Commercial Service's special web page for more information.
To find business partners and sources for German goods take a look at the Federal German Ministry of Economics and Technology’s eTrade Center, a database of most German companies that are looking for trade opportunities. For Visa, Education and Business Travel, look at the Website of the German Missions in the United States. And for other general purpose and more useful links, visit Deutschland.de , the German Information Portal.
Also don't forget also the website of the U.S. Commercial Service in Germany. The site gives extensive information about the markets and business culture there.
If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the German Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The German Mini Portal has an overview of Germany, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators and tips on doing business in Germany.
The German Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page.
REGISTERING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
International IP Agencies
Are you looking into trademarking your business or product name in the U.S.? If so, visit the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Use the TESS to verify that a trademark is not already in use or that it is sufficiently different from existing trademarks.
And since you will be going global, you also must verify international registrations. International Trademarks are governed by the Madrid System, which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system. Marks registered under the Madrid System are available online on the WIPO website in the Madrid Express Database or through its official publication, the E-Gazette.
The WIPO website also has a list of National Intellectual Property Offices that you can use to verify trademark registrations in specific geographical areas or countries.
TRADE COMPLIANCE SEMINARS FROM FITA AND THE BIS
Complying with U.S. Export Controls ( March 2-3, 2010 ) and Encryption Controls ( March 4, 2010 )
DoubleTree Hotel, Arlington, VA - co-sponsored by USDOC - BIS and FITA
Complying with U.S. Export Controls ( 2 days - March 2-3, 2010 ) - led by Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS)'s professional counseling staff, 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. For more information and to register, go to www.fita.org/seminars.
Encryption Controls ( 3/4 day - March 4, 2010 ) - an in-depth session that will focus on the unique provisions related to encryption under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) encryption specialists will cover a variety of topics, including how items with encryption functionality are classified under the EAR. Presenters will be available for Q&A the afternoon of the program to address specific questions of attendees. Required prerequisite: Essentials of Export Controls or Complying with U.S. Export Controls or equivalent experience. For more information and to register, go to www.fita.org/seminars.
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Duty Free Imports
The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of non-perishable goods for up to one year. It covers commercial samples, professional equipment and goods for presentation or use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions: computers, repair tools, photographic and film equipment, musical instruments, industrial machinery, vehicles, jewelery, clothing, medical appliances and aircraft, race horses, old masters, prehistoric relics, ballet costumes and rock group sound systems. The ATA Carnet simplifies customs formalities in 66 countries for these types of goods.
The ATA Carnet is administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The U.S. affiliate of the ICC is the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). Any U.S company requiring an ATA Carnet should contact the USCIB through their ATA Carnet Export Service page. And the USCIB offers a list of ATA Carnet issuers in the rest of the world.
To download the text of the convention or the list of country partners, visit the ATA System pages on the website of the World Customs Organization. And for yet more information about the ATA Carnet, take a look at the U.S. Commercial Service ATA Carnet FAQ.
SCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
Information about Technology in the Developing World
If you work with new technologies, don’t forget about market opportunities in the developing world. New technologies are used everywhere in the world, even in the poorest countries.
The Science and Development Network provides information about science and technology in the developing world. The aim of the website is to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health and raise standards of living around the world. Through articles, topics gateways and regional gateways, it explains how new technologies are developed and used in poor and developing countries.
FITA Career Headquarters
Import/Export Compliance Manager
In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured this week is a listing for an Senior Trade Compliance Administrator for Aviall Services, Inc in Dallas, TX. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!
Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.
Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!
U.S. Commercial Service Events and Webinars
Resources for Going Global
The U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, sponsors and participates in many events and webinars that help U.S. exporters sell overseas and help overseas buyers learn about U.S. exports. The Commercial Service has a searchable database of these events worldwide at http://www.export.gov/each/trade_events.asp. Below are some upcoming events:
- Leveraging Your Website for International Sales, January 28, 2010, New York City. Developing a website strategy to market products and services overseas.
- Roundtable Briefing: Opening Markets in Russia, February 8, 2010, Ontario, CA. Learn strategies to deal with Russia's changing commercial landscape.
- Webinar Series: Exporting Made Easier," a six-part series of webinars until March 31 covering some basic and advanced elements of exporting .... Identify markets, understand documentation, learn methods of payment, classify products, and make the most of international trade shows.
- Webinar Series: Trade Winds 2010: “The Americas,” a series of webinars through March 2010 about doing business in the Americas. Identify the strongest markets for export for your products in North, Central and South America.
- Complying with U.S. Export Controls. January 26-27, 2010, Scottsdale, AZ. An in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
- Medical Trade Mission to India, March 8-13, 2010. A special trade mission for manufacturers of medical products/equipment, laboratory and diagnostics products and health care and related service providers.
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