Virginia Economic Development Partnership

What the TPP Means for Virginia Exporters

On October 5, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations. The TPP eliminates or reduces tariff and non-tariff barriers across substantially all trade in goods and services and covers the… Read more

Virginia Opportunity – Hannover Messe 2016

Hannover Messe, considered the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, is a trade show that highlights innovations and groundbreaking solutions in energy, digital factory, industrial automation, industrial supply, and research and technology. The trade show takes place in Hannover, Germany from April 25 – 29, 2016. The United States is the partner country for… Read more

Singapore – Opportunities for Virginia Exporters

The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 2004. Singapore is the United States’ thirteenth largest export market and seventeenth largest trading partner. The agreement guaranteed zero tariffs immediately on all exports of U.S. goods to Singapore, and ensured that Singapore could not increase its duties on any U.S. product. In 2014,… Read more

Updates for Defense Companies

Updates for Defense Companies Defense Export Training Be sure to join us on November 5th at the Virginia Conference on World Trade in Norfolk, Virginia, for defense export training.  Joining us for the event will be: Ken Oukrop, Director of Licensing Defense Technology Security Administration Office of Secretary of Defense Ken will discuss the export… Read more

Six of the Top Free Apps for International Business Travel

Smartphones have made business travel much simpler by using apps to book flights and hotels, track expenses, and make calls. Here are some of the best, free apps every international business traveler could use for their trip. Viber, available on almost all mobile devices and computers, allows users to send free text messages and phone… Read more

Virginia Conference on World Trade – Don’t Forget to Register!

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to register for the 67th Virginia Conference on World Trade. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with 200 + Virginia exporters and confirm 1-on-1 meetings with VEDP’s representatives from China, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. This year’s conference includes panel discussions on China, Turkey, Canada,… Read more

Growing Opportunities in Armenia

The United States and Armenia have recently agreed to a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. The Office of the United States Trade Representative states that this agreement created a United States-Armenia Council on Trade that is tasked to create ways to “strengthen the trade and investment relationship between the two countries.” The U.S. Census Bureau reported that… Read more

What the U.S.-Cuba Policy Means for Exporters

On January 16 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations with a “Support for the Cuban People” license exception. The revised regulation will have an impact for some… Read more

VEDP Releases Chile Mining Report

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) released a newly commissioned report on Chile’s Mining Market. VEDP’s in-country market research partner conducted in-depth research on the mining market in order to provide Virginia companies with useful information on the market structure. The U.S. remains the largest mining equipment supplier, with over 40% of market share. Products… Read more