Summer 2022 International Update Newsletter

July 7, 2022

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UPCOMING EDUCATION EVENTS

IOWA TRADE TALKS – GLOBAL OPTIONS FOR IOWA
The ITO offers free webinars each month on a variety of topics relevant to Iowa exporters:

FOOD EXPORT PODCASTS
Food Export-Midwest launched a podcast as part of the association’s ongoing missions to provide U.S. exporters with a variety of opportunities to increase their export knowledge and readiness. The Food Export Podcast is their most accessible education effort so far. With episodes averaging around 15 minutes, you can listen at your convenience anytime, anywhere. Access the informational podcast episodes here and check back monthly for new releases.

ITO TRADE EVENTS

IEDA is planning the following trade missions and exhibitions for the upcoming year and invites you to participate. Trade missions are working trips that provide participants with market research and one-on-one meetings with pre-qualified prospects relevant to their business and selected based on their goals. Trade exhibition opportunities vary from Iowa pavilions with shared space for eligible companies to more specific support for Iowa companies in individual booths. Contact the relevant event manager identified below for further discussion.

FIGAP MEXICO 2022
October 19-21, 2022
FIGAP is among Latin America’s leading events for the livestock industry. It features participation by important exhibitors as well as a two-day series of workshops on feed production techniques and innovative technologies. In addition to the trade show, IEDA and our in-country consultants at Global BMT can assist Iowa companies with matchmaking/trade mission services in October 2022 on an individualized level. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at andrea.smith@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6240.

EUROTIER 2022 | Hanover, Germany
November 15-18, 2022
EuroTier is the leading international trade fair for professional animal farming and livestock management. Exhibitors present their innovations in the fields of cattle, pig, poultry, sheep and goat husbandry, aquaculture and in the field of alternative protein sources. IEDA will host an Iowa pavilion at EuroTier 2022 with limited space available for eligible Iowa exporters. For questions or to discuss qualifications and eligibility, contact Peggy Kerr at peggy.kerr@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6242.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRADE MISSION TO INDIA
January 31 - February 3, 2023
India expects to spend approximately $1.5 trillion per year in the construction industry during the next 3 years (according to the National Infrastructure Pipeline report). The trip includes an initial market assessment of your company’s opportunity in India. Participants will also receive a tailored schedule with prospective partners in New Delhi & Mumbai. The trip culminates with attendance at India’s largest construction industry trade show, Bauma/ConExpo. For more information, contact Joseph Rude at joseph.rude@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6244.

AG TRADE MISSION TO JAPAN & KOREA
Feb 18-25, 2023
This multi-segment trade mission to both countries will focus on the Iowa livestock, poultry, grain, and meat processing, along with affiliated Iowa livestock and agriculture industries and associations. This business-focused trip will provide attendees with group meetings, industry development opportunities, cultural exchange and export knowledge development. For more information, contact brad.frisvold@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6241.

TRADE MISSION TO KOREA
Feb 20-25, 2023
This trade mission is open to Iowa manufacturers and service companies from all sectors. Korea is among the top economies in the world and has become a reliable consumer of Iowa products. It is now Iowa’s 9th largest export market and Iowa’s share has grown by more than 15% per year during the last 2 years. Participants will receive private, one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners with the goal of developing sales channels in this dynamic market. IEDA’s in-country representatives make it an easy and efficient trip with fast-track meetings with pre-qualified prospects. For more information, contact Joseph Rude at joseph.rude@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6244.

VIV ASIA 2023 | Bangkok, Thailand
March 4-11, 2023
IEDA is considering an Iowa pavilion at VIV Asia, the biggest and most complete feed to food event in Asia and is considered a must-attend for professionals in animal protein production. The first 6 qualified and eligible applicants will receive a turn-key exhibition space in the pavilion along with interpretation and booth support from IEDA’s Southeast Asia office, all provided at a subsidized price. Respond by July 29 if you have interest in participating. If there is insufficient interest, we will not apply for the space. For more information, contact Joseph Rude at joseph.rude@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6244.

AG TRADE MISSION TO THE PHILIPPINES & VIETNAM
March 24 - April 1, 2023
This trade mission will focus on the Iowa livestock, grain, meat processing industries, along with the affiliated Iowa livestock and agriculture industries and associations. Vietnam and the Philippines are burgeoning markets with an appetite for U.S. agricultural goods and services. Agricultural exports across both grain and protein commodities have both countries as emerging opportunities to target, especially given global unrest in the commodity markets. The IEDA team will develop a dynamic itinerary alongside industry partners, with meetings coordinated with government entities, commodity importers and agricultural interest groups to engage in trade discussions. For more information, contact Brad Frisvold at brad.frisvold@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6241.

TRADE MISSION TO CHILE & PERU
April 2023
This is a multi-industry trade mission and is open for any Iowa manufacturing and commercial companies. The targeted Latin American countries of Chile and Peru are rapidly growing economies. Both countries have free trade agreements with the U.S., which provides opportunities for reduced barriers and increased profitability. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at andrea.smith@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6240.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL TRADE OFFICES IN IOWA
The ITO was excited to welcome our trade offices from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and China to Iowa in May after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This was the first visit to Iowa for some representatives, so we were thrilled to showcase a few of Iowa’s industry leaders, innovation across sectors, cultural amenities and an educational farm visit. Public events and one-on-one meetings provided opportunities for Iowa exporters to connect with offices in regions of export interest. To learn about the individualized services offered in 34 countries with our global representatives, including market information and analysis, partner search, virtual or in-person customized business appointments and more, contact the team at international@iowaeda.com.

ITO PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT
The international trade field is constantly changing and evolving with new challenges, practices and innovations. IEDA’s ITO staff continues to build on their solid base of industry experience with ongoing education and trainings to ensure we are bringing best practice to Iowa exporters. The team participated in a variety of events this year to stay abreast of market and industry conditions, trends, best practices, compliance and more, including from the State International Development Organizations (SIDO), annual Washington Forum, NASBITE’s annual conference for Certified Global Business Professionals (a credential three team members hold), U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Spring Conference, Food Export Association of the Midwest’s Marketing Director’s Meeting and multiple webinars.

IMPORT AND EXPORT COMPLIANCE TRAINING – ALLOCCA ENTERPRISES
The ITO was excited to bring Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, nationally known expert in international trade compliance logistics and free trade agreements, back to Iowa virtually for two training sessions this spring. The two-part webinar series provided valuable information and checklists for Iowa companies involved in international trade. The Import Compliance webinar on April 27 focused on compliance with all U.S. import regulations and was valuable for experienced or first-time importers to raise awareness of the dos and don’ts of importing. Participants left with a better working knowledge of the important roles and responsibilities of the importer, custom broker, and freight forwarder. The Export Compliance webinar on May 4 was ideal for exporters of all experience levels, and covered topics including licensing, documentation, HTS classification and EEI filings. If you have questions about import or export compliance, or would like additional resources or training, contact Andrea Smith at andrea.smith@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6240.

IOWA TRADE TALK SERIES
The following webinars were featured in the second quarter of 2022. Trade Talk Series recordings can be found here.

  • Building Your Global Food Export Options, presented by the Food Export Association of the Midwest, provided an overview of their programs and services available to help Iowa food/feed/ingredient exporters grow their markets.
  • Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights featured attorneys from Dentons Davis Brown, global law firm, providing information for protecting your company. (This webinar was not recorded.)
  • Managing Supply Chain Risks shared an exporter’s perspective with a discussion by Albert Liu, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center of Iowa, and Tony Joseph, President of Joseph International Freight Service.

KOSOVO CONSULATE
On May 13, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Albin Kurti participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Consular Services in Des Moines. The Consulate for the Republic of Kosovo opened in Des Moines in 2016 after the forming of the Iowa-Kosovo Sister State relationship in 2013. The Kosovo Consulate is the first foreign consulate in Iowa and has assisted travelers between Kosovo and the U.S., conducted educational exchange programs, and promoted science programs, technical development and arts and culture between Iowa and Kosovo. The Consulate will now add full consular services offerings, including passport renewal, emergency passport issuing and attestation certificates for Kosovo citizens, which will increase connections and reinforce sustainability.

GLOBAL FEED EXCHANGE AT WORLD PORK EXPO
Global trade and business expansion was center stage as part of a Feed Ingredient Buyers Mission on June 7-9 in Des Moines. Coordinated by IEDA’s ITO, in conjunction with partners Food Export Association of the Midwest, feed ingredient buyers from eight countries were represented during the World Pork Expo. The international guests were able to meet one-on-one with prospective U.S.-based feed ingredient suppliers who are looking to broaden business in overseas markets. Buyers and suppliers held informational sessions to gauge mutual interests and opportunities to build business and collaborate. The team also coordinated industry-related tours in the area and cultural events. Countries represented were South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Guest Article

UPDATE FROM THE IOWA EUROPEAN OFFICE
Submitted by: Anke Goebel, Director – State of Iowa European Office - Read More.

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