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  Tuesday, May 29, 2012         Issue 288         Volume 12 Number 11 Sponsor this Newsletter
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Dear International Traders,

This week in Really Useful Resources you will learn about:

• Trade with Singapore
Really Useful Links such as CBP and WISER
The latest U.S. Commercial Service events and webinars

FITA's partner website, now boasts a Directory of over 50,000 lawyers, freight forwarders, translators, quality control, etc worldwide.
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See our personally selected list of profiles for this edition
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A Hub for American Trade Companies in Asia

More than a hundred U.S. companies went to Singapore from May 14 to 22 for a trade mission organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The objective of this event was to help companies increase their exports to this region, by allowing them to better understand the market and meet local business partners. For the U.S. State Department, this project is part of the program by President Obama to create jobs in the United States by promoting export growth. The goal is to double the total value of U.S. exports by 2014, to bring them from $1,500 billion (USD) in 2009 to nearly $3,000 billion.

Business in Singapore
The Merlion, national emblem of Singapore

To do so, the U.S. wants to help companies to not only penetrate new markets, but also ensure that U.S. companies enjoy the best conditions to do business in the region by removing trade barriers: high tariffs, non-tariff barriers, lack of transparency of procedures and regulations, respect for intellectual property, harmonization of norms and standards, etc.

Today, U.S. exports to Asia-Pacific market makes up nearly 60% of its total exports. Singapore has an important place in this region as the country attracts nearly 2.5% of U.S. exports. The country has become the 10th customer of the United States. The main products exported by the United States to Singapore include petroleum products, equipment for civil aviation, semiconductors, industrial machinery, measuring instruments and computer equipment. The United States is the fifth largest customer of Singapore’s exports (6.5%) and its second largest supplier (11.5% of its imports). Singapore and the U.S. signed a free trade agreement on the 1 January 2004

For more information about the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Singapore:
U.S. Trade with Singapore on the U.S. Census Bureau's Website
The Embassy of Singapore in Washington DC
The US - Singapore trade relations on the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s Website
The US – ASEAN Business Council: Singapore

To help you do business with Singapore:
The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
The US Embassy in Singapore
The Singapore America Business Association
The United Arab Emirates Trade Office in Washington, DC

Upcoming Tradeshows:

CommunicAsia2012 / BroadcastAsia2012 - Singapore, Singapore – 6/19 –22/2012
WasteMET Asia 2012 - Marina Bay Sands - Singapore, Singapore – 7/1 - 4/2012
Asia Future Energy Forum - 2012 - Singapore, Singapore – 10/22 – 24/2012
Offshore South East Asia 2012 (OSEA2012) - Singapore, Singapore – 11/27 – 30/2012

For more information on other countries worldwide:
Country profiles from FITA
Market Analyses, business tips and more on

JPA International

On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, JPA International Network invites you to question the challenge of the internationalization of SMEs!

JPA International has been bridging businesses worldwide for 25 years strong. As a network of independent audit, accounting and consulting members represented over 5 continents, JPA International strives to understand its clients, follow their projects and offer solutions. (

If you are a company aiming for the best and imagining a future at the international level, this conference will be of interest to you : "International for SME’s : myth or reality?", with the special participation of Didier Brezillon, laywer and partner of Brézillon Delouis & Associés, André Marcon, President of the French Association of Chambers of Commerce and Joel de Rosnay, renowned scientist and writer.

This conference will be hold in Strasbourg - France at the Sofitel Grand Ile on 7th of June. For registration information, please contact
And if you miss this opportunity, not to worry, you will be able to find it filmed on our blog very soon

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UIC High Speed 2012

High-Speed Rail: Connecting People, Building Sustainable Prosperity

After previous editions in Europe and Asia, UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 will be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA on 10-13 July 2012.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) together with the International Union of Railways (UIC), will host the 8th edition of this global event on high-speed rail.

The UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 World Congress & Trade Exhibition is the world’s most eminent gathering on high-speed rail and is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to exchange views on the development and achievements of high-speed rail worldwide.

This global event in 2012 will feature international rail experts on transportation policy and technology. It will bring together both the public and private sectors to provide insight and best practices for implementing high-speed rail projects at every stage - from planning, financing, and construction, to operations and management. Have a look at the top-level world congress programme! The world congress features an exhibit showcasing high-speed rail products and services. Countries such as Japan, China and Spain are represented with country pavilions on the UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 trade exhibition.

Do not miss out and register now for UIC HIGHPEED 2012!

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency Trade Compliance is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws. On this site you can find the Import Trade Trends from 2011 report and other usueful information for trade in and out of the U.S.

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The the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research provides high quality trade statistics, data expertise, and technical support all in one place. Access their online database, which is an invaluable tool for businesses, trade service providers, libraries, universities and other trade data users who want immediate access to the most comprehensive and timely US trade databases available online.

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Stay up to date and informed with U.S. Commercial Service seminars and webinars!

Russia's WTO Accession, What it Could Mean for Your Business - Moscow, Russia 06/14/2012 - 06/14/2012


A Basic Guide to Exporting: Temporary Exports - Carnets and Other Tools - Washington, DC, United States - 6/27/2012 – (Webinar)
A Basic Guide to Exporting: Satisfying Int'l Product Certification Requirements - Washington, DC, United States - 7/11/2012
Golf Industry China_Maximize Trade Show ROI (2nd in a 3 part webinar series) - Online, DC, United States - 7/11/2012


Exporting Workshop: Focus on Canada - Sanborn, NY, United States 6/27/2012
Doing Business in India - Clearwater, FL, United States - 7/9/2012

Get ready for the next Tradeshows!
The GREEN Expo 2012 - Mexico City, Mexico – 9/25 – 27/2012
INTERMOT 2012 - International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair - Cologne, Germany – 10/7 – 12/2012
Chilventa 2012 - Nurnberg, Germany – 10/9 – 12/2012
Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2012 - Nagoya, Japan – 10/9 – 14/2012

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