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Top Export Opportunities in Africa

Should your company be exploring opportunities in Southern Africa?  For companies in the mining, electrical power, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure, and medical sectors, the answer may be yes! Economies in Africa are growing at a rapid pace, and Virginia exporters that want to take advantage of the expansion can participate in VEDP’s Trade Mission to Southern… Read more

Trade Mission Registration Opens Friday

Registration for VEDP’s 2016/17 Trade Missions opens Friday, April 1st! Check out the full list of trade missions on the International Events page. New destinations on the schedule for 2016/17 include: Trade Mission to Southern Africa (South Africa and surrounding countries) MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas: an exclusive event for mining technology companies located in… Read more

Are you risking your company’s compliance by relying on your freight forwarder?

When exporting a product or service, whether defense-related or dual-use, regulated by ITAR or EAR, it is important to remember that as the exporter, the U.S. government requires you to take steps to ensure that your company is in compliance before selling overseas. Frequently, we see small companies that export products “outsource” their export compliance… Read more

Be Prepared for Local Customs at Your Next International Business Meeting

Business is done differently all around the world. As you prepare for your next international business trip, don’t forget to learn about local customs and business etiquette! Knowing whether to start off a meeting with small talk, a handshake, or an exchange of business cards can put you on the right path to forming relationships with overseas customers. To… Read more

What is Value-Added Tax and Why Should Your Company Care?

While Value-Added Tax (VAT) is not currently imposed in the United States, all companies interested in exporting should be aware of VAT because it can impact almost every transaction while doing business overseas. What is Value-Added Tax? A Value-Added Tax (VAT) is an indirect tax on corporations and individuals that is applied to the value… Read more

Tips for a Successful Trade Show Experience

When you are preparing to attend a trade show, think about what you want to accomplish once you are there. For example, is your goal to generate leads? Create awareness of a product or service? Or establish relationships with customers? Be sure to bring appropriate brochures, giveaways, etc. that correspond with your goals. And don’t… Read more

The Latest News on Free Trade Agreements – TPP and T-TIP

Trans-Pacific Partnership Update: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators finished the latest round of intensive meetings on September 10, 2014.  The 10 days of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam resulted in negotiating teams making progress in a number of key areas, including State-owned enterprises, intellectual property, investment, rules of origin, transparency and anti-corruption, and labor.  Following the meetings,… Read more

Don’t Forget Your Due Diligence

While it’s easy to get excited about the prospect of a new partner or distributor, or inking a new deal with a potential big customer, it’s important to not lose sight of your export compliance program and do a little digging around to ensure your prospective partners or customers have a clean bill of health. … Read more