What's Happening— 2/3/2022 Newsletter

By McNew, Leeannah posted 02-07-2022 12:02


Our February 3, 2022 What's Happening Newsletter features an opportunity to join our member-only networking platform, Member Connect, the week of Valentine's Day to non-members. There is no cost and if you decide to become a member of WTCGP, you will receive $100 off. Save the Date for WTCA's General Assembly and WTCA's Member Forum that are coming up later this year.

Our member, Jeffrey Ji, president of U-Combinations Technology, was featured in an article about the relationship between the United States and China. If you are starting to travel again, check out Philadelphia International Airport's COVID-19 resource page for updates. There is an opportunity to attend a webinar about growing your exports in Israel. There is also an opportunity to attend SBA's virtual roundtable about accessing the Canadian market.

There is an opportunity to subscribe to 5 Minute Briefs from Seoul via Pennsylvania ATRs Korea's Office. It is a brief newsletter on the latest trends and information from Seoul. There is an opportunity to attend a webinar on export controls under export administration regulations and changes under export control reform. There are opportunities through USTDA for U.S. Firms who are interested in overseas projects. Lastly, there is still an opportunity to attend a trade mission to Israel. Have a great weekend!

Happy Valentine's Day! Since we love you all so much, we are pleased to offer you access to our new, MEMBERS-ONLY real, time online platform Member Connect. For the next month, you will have the opportunity to surf through our portal, where members share information, articles, resources and stay up-to-date on what's happening in international business. Here is your opportunity to meet WTCGP members without stepping out of your home or office. 

There is no cost. We just ask for your feedback. Let us know what you think.  

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to take your international business to the next level. 

And if you love the platform, you can continue using Member Connect after March 15th by becoming a member. We'll even give you $100 off your membership. If you love us, join us!

If you would like access to Member Connect in December, please contact Susan MacDonald at smacdonald@wtcphila.org

If you have any questions or want to learn more about Member Connect, please email Leeannah McNew at lmcnew@wtcphila.org.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for WTCA's upcoming annual events: 
  • 2022 WTCA General Assembly: April 18 to 22, 2022 (virtual) 
  • 2022 WTCA Member Forum (hybrid-- exact dates to be confirmed)
Please stay tuned for future communications with more details about each event. 
Jeffrey Ji, President of U Combinations Technology and member of WTCGP's Advisory Council, was featured in an article about the current state of the United States and Chinas relationship. Jeff talks about how he has helped shaped the relationship with China and what he's doing now to continue to uphold the relationship between China and the United States. Jeff is a member of WTCGP's China Club. The article is featured here.

Check COVID-19 Regulations through Philadelphia International Airport

Our member, Philadelphia International Airport, offers up to date information on COVID-19. This includes travel restrictions, quarantine and testing requirements, domestic and international advice, and advice for business travellers. We recommend checking their COVID-19 webpage regularly if you are traveling and need to stay updated on COVID-19 regulations. 

Grow your Exports to Israel 

Learn about key industry sectors and market opportunities in Israel for small to medium-sized companies from the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region. Please join us for this overview provided by the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers' Israel Trade Office. The free webinar will cover current economic trends, COVID-19, and GSGP's upcoming Israel Trade Mission. 

This webinar will take place February 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST. Click here to register. 

Join SBA's Next Learn to Trade Virtual Roundtable: Accessing the Canadian Market

Want to learn about exporting to Canada? Join SBA’s Office of International Trade for the next installment in our new Learn to Trade Roundtable Series on Accessing the Canadian Market. We will be joined by an expert from the U.S. Commercial Service Office in Ottawa, Canada.

This session will cover:

  • Overview of the Canadian market and its requirements
  • Learn how to take advantage of USMCA
  • Resources to help you access the Canadian market
This event will be held February 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. EST. Click here to register.

5 Minute Briefs from Seoul

The Pennsylvania Department of Commerce & Economic Development and Korea Business Services, Inc. have put together 5 minute briefs from Seoul that touch on Education, the Economy, Healthcare, Bio-Health, and Culture. The briefs aim to provide the latest trends and information regarding the Korean market. The newsletter will come out on a bi-weekly basis. 

The briefs will be available as emails or videos on YouTube. 
Watch January's 5 Minute Brief
Download January's 5 Minute Brief
Subscribe to the 5 Minute Briefs

Export Controls under Export Administration Regulations (EAR) & Changes under Export Control Reform (ECR)

How do I determine if I need an export license or if I qualify for an exemption? What is an ECCN? Who can help if I cannot determine the export classification? These are just some of the questions an exporter has to answer to ensure that they are in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations.

This program will; help you identify what has changed and the steps necessary to be in full compliance. Through a review of the regulations as they currently exist and particular examples the participant will gain an understanding of how to navigate the EAR, properly classifying their exports and obtaining the necessary licensing and permission to export. You will learn about the new “600” series and other critical changes to the EAR.

Learn what has changed and what has not, see how to determine if items previously controlled under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or other regulations are now controlled under the EAR. Use compliance to your competitive advantage!

Who should attend? Anyone responsible for: 

  • Logistics
  • Export Compliance
  • Shipping
  • Purchasing
  • International Supervisors and Manager 
  • Engineering, Research and Development
This event will be held on February 9, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m.
There are a number of upcoming project opportunities for U.S. companies to bid on for overseas work through USTDA. The following projects are: 
  • An opportunity in the Dominican Republic for interested U.S. firms who specialize in technical assistance to support the development of regulations to enable the deployment of battery energy storage systems. 
  • An opportunity in West Africa for interested U.S. firms who specialize in power and working with power lines to run a 650-kilometer 225 kV transmission line and associated substation and distribution equipment from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia.
  • An opportunity in Jamaica for interested U.S. firms who specialize in technical assistance to develop recommendations and manuals on international best practices in public procurement and strengthen the professional capacity of public procurement officials in Jamaica.
  • An opportunity in South Africa for interested U.S. firms who specialize in technical assistance who could assist the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority to increase the efficiency of pharmaceutical, medical device, and in-vitro diagnostic product registrations and approvals, in addition to capacity building training to support the Grantee’s use of reliance-based protocols in South Africa
  • An opportunity in the Solomon Islands for interested U.S. firms who specialize in technical assistance for the proposed modernization of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) ICT infrastructure and core banking applications.
To read more about the different opportunities, click here.

Join the Conference of Great St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers' Trade Mission to Israel

Are you looking to grow your export sales? Consider joining GSGP's upcoming trade mission to Tel Aviv, Israel May 15-19, 2022. All participants will receive a pre-screened, customized, b2b meeting schedule with potential distributors, buyers and joint venture partners. Participants will also benefit from market sector briefings, networking events and logistical support. Various State export assistance grants are available that may offset from 50-75% of trade mission costs. Let the GSGP Israel Trade Office save you valuable time and resources, and maximize your results!

Why Israel?

  • The Israeli market is stable and highly receptive to Canadian and U.S. products and services. Both countries have enjoyed access to the Israeli market through free trade agreements established over 20 years ago. 
  • Israel has a thriving innovation ecosystem and is a global leader in number of startups outside of Silicon Valley. Best prospect sectors include agriculture, design and construction, energy, environmental technologies, information technology, and safety and security. Science and technology are significant drivers of the Israeli economy. 
  • In 2020 U.S. goods exports to Israel were $10.2 billion. Exports of services reached $6 billion in 2019. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Israel was valued at more than $1.6 billion in 2020. 
  • Top U.S. and Canadian exports to Israel include precious or semi-precious stones, vehicles and related parts, aircraft and related parts, electrical and industrial machinery, and medical devices.

Participation fee: In person: U.S. $1,500 per company and $500 each for additional participant. 

Market research & Customized Appointment Setting fees:
Israel: U.S. $3,200*
*Fee is complimentary for companies based in IL, OH, & PA. 

Grant funding is available in many States to offset mission costs by 50-75%.

For more Information