BIS Update 2017: Conference on Export Controls and Policy

October 3 – October 5, 2017
Washington, D.C.
BIS 2017 Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy

The Bureau of Industry and Security
Presents
BIS 2017 Export Control Policy Conference
Protecting American Technology, Growing American Industry

The Bureau of Industry and Security’s annual Update Export Control Policy Conference gives the exporting community the opportunity to learn first-hand from senior U.S. Government officials about current issues and trends in export control policies, regulations and practices. This major outreach activity draws business and government representatives from around the world to learn and exchange ideas about export control issues. It provides attendees with the opportunity to network with colleagues in the export control industry, interact with U.S. Government officials, and learn about programs and services offered by U.S. Government and industry exhibitors. It is one of the Department of Commerce’s most notable international trade events.

Exhibit opportunities are available. The exhibit hall will be open during the entire conference: on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Thursday, October 5 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Update will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Confirmation receipts will be sent after the registration process has been completed.

For additional information on Update 2017, please contact BIS’s Outreach and Educational Services Division at updateconference@bis.doc.gov; or (202) 482-6031.

Passport App to Expedite Arrival of International Travelers at LAX

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced today the expansion of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to LAX. With the addition of LAX, Mobile Passport Control is now available to U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors arriving at 23 major international airports. The Mobile Passport app has been downloaded 1 million times over the last two years.

Mobile Passport is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival into the United States. Eligible travelers may voluntarily submit their passport information and answers to inspection-related questions to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

“CBP is committed to improving the international travel experience by offering new and innovative technology to streamline the arrival process,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “Through our partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, travelers arriving at LAX will have another processing option to use that has been proven to reduce wait times without compromising our important border security mission.”

MPC currently offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the United States. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC) the app does not require pre-approval and is free to use. Travelers who successfully use the app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

“At Los Angeles World Airports, one of our strategic goals is to innovate for security, efficiency, and effectiveness, and the Mobile Passport Control app is a prime example of how we do this,” said Aura Moore, LAWA Deputy Executive Director and Chief Information Officer. “The introduction of the MPC app at LAX is another milestone in our work to enhance the guest experience and deliver a gold-standard airport, without compromising on safety or security. And thanks to the twelve new Wi-Fi access points we’ve installed in the customs area, travelers can be assured the infrastructure is in place to support this new tool.”

The process is efficient and secure, the information and answers to inspection-related questions are submitted directly to CBP via secure encryption protocols. The App streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.

Information about Mobile Passport Control, including how to download the app, user eligibility and other frequently asked questions, is available on CBP.gov.
CBP’s website offers rules and tips for clearing CBP inspection during travel to and from the United States.

By CBP: September 21, 2017

Outlook on Ukraine 2017 Investment Conference

09 Oct 2017
London, UK
EBRD, Emerging Europe

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Emerging Europe are co-hosting the EBRD-Emerging Europe: Outlook on Ukraine 2017 investment conference at the EBRD Headquarters in London on Monday 09 October.

The free to attend event will bring together policymakers, investors and prominent business people to discuss the economic outlook on Ukraine. It will also offer you opportunities to have one-to-one meetings with decision makers from the Ukrainian government, international financial institutions and business representatives.

During the conference, EBRD will explore investment opportunities in three fast-growing areas of the Ukrainian economy: energy, manufacturing and ICT.

Special guest speakers and panellists include:

Daniel Bilak, CEO, UkraineInvest / Advisor to Prime Minister
Sevki Acuner, Country Head of Ukraine, EBRD
Ivan Mikloš, Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms
Natalia Boyko, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry on European Integration
Oleksandr Sayenko, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers (tbc)
Sergiy Savchuk, Head, State Agency of Energy Efficiency
Maxim Timchenko, CEO, DTEK
Elias van Herwaarden, EMEA Service Leader, Deloitte Global Location Strategies
Stepan Veselovskiy, Director, Lviv IT Cluster
Volodymyr Zhenchak, CEO, Lviv IT Park

Registration opens at 1500hrs and then the business session will begin punctually at 1530hrs in the Auditorium, with a coffee break at 1710hrs between the panel discussions. Then the event will conclude with a cocktail networking reception starting at 1830hrs.

Looking forward to seeing you at EBRD Headquarters on Monday 09 October!

Cosmoprof Asia 2017

Asia World Expo and Hong Kong Convention Center
Hong Kong
Nov 14-17, 2017

Launched 22 years ago, Cosmoprof Asia has grown into the largest most comprehensive international beauty trade show in the entire Asia Pacific region. Thanks to its strategic positioning, Hong Kong has become the beauty capital of Asia Pacific and increasingly represents a launch pad into the entire Asian market.

Cosmoprof Asia 2016 attracted 2,504 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions around the world, including 22 national and group pavilions. Close to 60,000 buyers from over 100 countries and regions attended the event.

Cosmoprof Asia 2016 was also extensively covered by trade media across the world. At Cosmoprof Asia all the categories represented will definitely benefit from a customized visitors flow as well as the tailor-made business environment. 

To accommodate the strong demand of exhibition space and to offer a wide range of novelties and trends to visitors, Cosmoprof Asia will expand the show floor to ASIAWORLD-EXPO in 2017. With the “1 Fair 2 Venues” concept, ASIAWORLD-EXPO will host all kinds of Pack & OEM suppliers in 5 halls: Ingredients, Machinery & Equipment, Packaging, Contract Manufacturing and Private Label.

The HONG KONG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE will host all finished cosmetics: Cosmetics & Toiletries, Natural Health, Beauty Salon, Hair Salon, Nail & Accessories.

China Coal & Mining 2017 (TFC EVENT)

New China Exhibition Center
Beijing,China
Oct 25 – 28, 2017

China Coal & Mining Expo is the industry’s only national event. It is held every other year and it is the largest coal mining exhibition in China. 

Exhibitors at the China Coal & Mining Expo represent the array of advanced technology in the coal mining industry. Products presented at the show range from small scale mining to large scale mining, transportation, coal processing from domestic and overseas suppliers. Coal mine remediation is also represented. 

In 2015, China Coal & Mining Expo attracted more than 500 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions, occupying more than 70,000 sqm; the largest trade show in its sector in size and buyer attendance. 

In 2015, China Coal & Mining Expo has attracted 30,000 exhibitors and visitors representing nationwide coal mine enterprises, research & design companies and coal trading companies.

USDC Issues Affirmative Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determination on Tool Chests and Cabinets from China

September 12, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, finding that exporters of tool chests and cabinets from China received countervailable subsidies ranging from 17.32 percent to 32.07 percent.

The Commerce Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of tool chests and cabinets from China based on these preliminary rates.

“The subsidization of goods by foreign governments is something the Trump Administration takes very seriously,” said Secretary Ross. “The Department of Commerce will continue to stand up for American workers and business’s in order to ensure that China does not take advantage of the most open market in the world.”

In 2016, imports of tool chests and cabinets from China were valued at an estimated $989.9 million.

The petitioner is Waterloo Industries, Inc. (MO).

Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. From January 20, 2017, through September 11, 2017, Commerce has initiated 62 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – a 41 percent increase over the previous year. For this same period in 2016, Commerce initiated 44 AD and CVD investigations.

CVD laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. The Commerce Department currently maintains 407 antidumping and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Unless the final determination is aligned with the concurrent antidumping duty investigations, Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations on November 22, 2017.

If the Commerce Department makes an affirmative final determination of subsidization and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue a CVD order. If the Commerce Department makes a negative final determination of subsidization or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 will focus on the theme of Financing the 2030 Agenda. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires unlocking new forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, and ensuring the UN and its partners makes a strategic pivot to facilitating financial innovation, catalyzing responsible business growth, and increasing private and public investment in the Global Goals.

Each year, the UN Private Sector Forum convenes to bring the voice of business to major inter-governmental debates. CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society come together at the Forum to explore partnerships which address global challenges that no single organization or sector can tackle alone.

This event is by invitation only.