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Accessing International Markets Virtually Webinar Series
Asia Pacific

Accessing International Markets Virtually – Australia/New Zealand

October 23, 2020

Australia’s resilient economy is built on stable institutions and sound regulatory policies, and provides a safe, low-risk environment in which to do business. Australia is among Virginia’s top 20 export destinations globally.

New Zealand offers U.S. companies a relatively wealthy, sophisticated market with a very transparent and open business environment, and a stable democratic system.

View the webinar to learn about accessing Australia and New Zealand virtually.


Angela Foley, Founding Director, Foley & Associates

Accessing International Markets Virtually Webinar Series
Latin and South America
North America

Accessing International Markets Virtually – Mexico

October 16, 2020

Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world, and recent economic reforms have liberalized key sectors such as energy and telecommunications, creating market opportunities for U.S. companies. Close cultural, social, and economic ties make Mexico a natural market to consider for first-time and expanding exporters.

View the webinar to learn about accessing Mexico virtually.

Speaker:  Mary Claire Whitaker, Founding Partner, Neighbors International Business Group

Accessing International Markets Virtually Webinar Series

Accessing International Markets Virtually – Western Europe

October 9, 2020

Europe is a huge trading partner for the US in many different sectors, this can be evidenced by the fact that if the EU countries together were a single market, it would rank as the number one export market for the US (2018).

View the webinar to learn about accessing Western Europe virtually.

Dr. Colm Reilly, Associate Director, OCO Global

Accessing International Markets Virtually Webinar Series
Middle East

Accessing International Markets Virtually – UAE

October 1, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been the top U.S. export market in the Middle East North Africa region for the last 10 years and a critical regional hub for 1,500 American companies doing business throughout the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. 

Anne Jafery, Managing Partner, Channels Business Solutions

Export Guide

Supply Chain Management and Importing: Guidance for Virginia Companies

September 25, 2020

In Virginia, 86% of businesses that engage in international trade depend on imports of intermediate goods for their operations. Virginia businesses that import intermediate goods generate $90 billion in output, $131 billion in economic activity, 550,000 jobs, add $58 billion to Virginia’s Gross State Product, and support $1.8 billion in revenues for the Commonwealth’s annual budget. On average, workers at these businesses earn $3,000 more per year.

This Guide to Supply Chain Management and Importing aims to curate directories of professional service providers, education opportunities, networking events, and online resources to assist Virginia businesses in optimizing their supply chains and importing. This report includes:

  • The basics of importing, focusing on the essential role of imports, compliance, and foreign trade zones;
  • A comprehensive list of conferences that focus on importing and supply chain logistics; and
  • A guide to service providers that work in tandem with VEDP to help Virginia business with supply chain logistics and importing, including associations and organizations, educational resources inside and outside of Virginia, and logistics resources.
Industry Report
Latin and South America
North America

Defense & Public Security in Mexico

September 11, 2020

Mexico’s military budget hovers around 2% of total government budget, comparable to Switzerland’s relative budget, and includes both SEDENA (Army & Airforce), SEMAR (Navy & Marine Armada), as well as Federal-level policing and investigation (Guardia Nacional). In all, Mexico’s total military capex planned for 2020 is equivalent to about 10 billion USD.

Examples of approved investments in 2020:

  • Radars
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • Aircraft
  • Assets for surveillance operations
  • Naval hospital remodeling

This report includes information on important players, military priorities through 2024, opportunities for Virginia companies, as well as market entry considerations for Mexico’s defense and security sector.