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  Thursday, May 10, 2012         Issue 286         Volume 12 Number 9 Sponsor this Newsletter
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• Vietnam: a gateway into South-East Asia
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Safely invest using The Trade Compliance Center

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A gateway to East Asia

The recent visit to Hanoi by former U.S. Trade Representative, Susan Schwab, was an opportunity to discuss with the National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, bilateral trade relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.

Business in Vietnam
Saïgon, Vietnam

During this visit, the Vietnamese authorities stressed their commitment to deepen relations between the two countries, particularly in the areas of investment and trade. Vietnam wished to reassure their American interlocutor by reminding them of the progress made towards liberalization of the Vietnamese economy, manifested in the ongoing process of negotiation within the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The United States is the largest customer of Vietnam: they host 20% of total Vietnamese exports. They are the sixth supplier, with 4% of imports. Over the year in 2011, the U.S. exported $4.340 million (USD) of products towards Vietnam and imported $17.485 million of Vietnamese products. In 10 years (2001-2011), U.S. exports to Vietnam have multiplied by 10. As for imports, they multiplied 17 times. Vietnam's economy is one of the fastest growing in Southeast Asia, with a growth rate of nearly 6% in 2011. Vietnam and the United States signed in 2001, a bilateral trade agreement.

Business opportunities are not lacking in Vietnam. The government launched in late 2011, three main national projects to ensure sustained growth in times of international uncertainty. These involved: infrastructure development, youth training and institutional modernization. To achieve these objectives the country plans to reform public enterprises, private sector development and most importantly, modernize its banking system. Vietnam is emerging as an important market for U.S. agricultural products, particularly in the areas of fisheries and forestry.

For more on the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam:
Trade with Vietnam on the U.S. Census Bureau's Website
The U.S. Commercial Service in Vietnam
The US-Vietnam Trade Council
The US-ASEAN Business Council in Vietnam

To help you do business with Vietnam:
The US Embassy in Hanoi
The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
The Vietnam Business Forum
The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

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The Trade Compliance Center

The TCC, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, is the U.S. Government's focal point for monitoring foreign compliance with trade agreements to see that U.S. firms and workers get the maximum benefits from these agreements. Be sure to use this website for all your imports/exports and foreign investments- the U.S. Government go to a lot of trouble to ensure U.S. firms get the most out of their trade deals. Understanding trade compliance is the first step in your overseas operations.

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Coffee Perks up Fair Trade Stats

Datamyne’s US import data indicates that 2012 is on its way to breaking records for fair trade coffee, with first-quarter volume up 55% compared to 2011.

That’s good news for fair trade groups that ask buyers to pay a premium for certified products with the promise that the extra money goes to workers at the bottom of the supply chain. According to Fair Trade USA, community development premiums generated by fair trade coffee imports totaled $17 million in 2011 – that’s 61% more than in 2010 and 78% of all fair trade premiums paid by US companies last year.

The bill of lading data holds evidence that this growth trend is sustainable. Of the top five US importers (see who they are) of fair trade coffee, two are on a mission to promote fair trade. The other three are long established coffee traders with a commercial interest in seeing the “fair trade” brand gain ground in the market for specialty brews.

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Russia's WTO Accession, What it Could Mean for Your Business

On June 14th the U.S. Commercial Service will offer a webinar on Russia's Upcoming WTO Accession and Permanent Normal Trade Relations highlighting the implications and opportunities for U.S. Business. This webinar will feature experts on Russia's market and trade policy from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as well as from the U.S. Commerce Department's Market Access & Compliance unit in Washington, D.C. Topics will include, current market conditions in Russia, Russia's WTO accession, what specific benefits it would bring for US companies, and the status of efforts to establish Permanent, Normal Trade Relations so that U.S. companies can compete on a level playing field in Russia once it becomes a WTO Member. This webinar will take place on June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The cost to participate in this webinar is $15, payable by credit card.
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