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Delegation of Virginia Companies Travels to Saudi Arabia

The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC), in collaboration the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), is leading a delegation of 6 companies on a business development mission to Saudi Arabia. This will be the 12th mission organized by the USSABC with the VEDP to bring Virginia companies to Saudi Arabia to explore the market. The companies… Read more

Governor McAuliffe Leads International Trade Mission to the Middle East and India

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he will lead an 11-day trade and marketing mission to the Middle East and India from November 13-24.  The Governor will be accompanied by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and representatives of the Virginia Economic Development… 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

VEDP Seeks Opportunities in Afghanistan for Virginia Companies

In September, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) led a delegation of four companies to Afghanistan to explore new market opportunities for Virginia businesses with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO). VEDP is the first state economic development organization in the nation, to partner with… 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