U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces Hundreds of Billions in Deals Between U.S. Companies and Chinese Entities

Nov 9th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the signing of approximately a quarter trillion dollars in deals facilitated by the Department of Commerce between private U.S. businesses and Chinese entities. The agreements, most of which occurred as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2017 U.S. CEO Delegation to China, will bring thousands of new jobs to America.

“American businesses are the most innovative in the world, and, when given access, can compete with anyone,” said Secretary Ross. “I believe these deals can provide a solid foundation for a stronger relationship that is more free, fair, and reciprocal between the U.S. and China.”

Addressing the imbalance in U.S.-China trade has been a central focus of discussions between President Trump and President Xi since their first meeting at Mar-a-Lago in April. Today they joined each other at the Great Hall of the People to witness the signing of fifteen of the largest agreements.

“It was a great honor for these to be witnessed by President Trump and President Xi today,” continued Secretary Ross. “A special thank you to our CEO Delegation for their hard work in support of this historic event.”

The Delegation participated in two days of productive exchanges with Chinese businesses and government officials where they advocated for American business interests. They also established relationships that will pay dividends far into the future.

Below is a list of the trade and investment deals signed by U.S. companies and Chinese entities. All are subject to definitive documentation and to all applicable U.S. and Chinese rules and laws, including review by CFIUS and BIS export control in the United States.

Some deals do not have publicly disclosed dollar values, and the Department of Commerce will not release confidential figures pertaining to the deals it facilitated. For additional information regarding specific agreements, please contact each company.

Please click HERE for descriptions of each deal.

These 2017 U.S. CEO Delegation to China deals include:

  • Air Products (APD) Air Products and Yankuang Group Co., Ltd. – $3.5 billion
  • The State of Alaska, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec), China Investment Corporation (CIC), and Bank of China (BOC) – $43 billion.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and COFCO
  • Bell and Reignwood signed an agreement for 60 Bell 505s, valued at $50 million.
  • Boeing and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company — $38 billion.
  • Caterpillar Inc, and China Energy Investment Corp
  • Cheniere Energy and China National Petroleum
  • Dais Analytic Gouanrui (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd
  • Delfin Midstream and China Gas Holdings – $8 billion
  • Digit group and Gateguard – $100 million
  • Digit group and Foton – $310 million
  • Digit Group and HeDa Group – $1.5 billion
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dow and Mobike
  • Drylet, LLC and Nanjing Hoyo Municipal Utilities Investment and Administration Group – $100 million
  • GE and Juneyao Airlines – $1.4 billion
  • GE and ICBC – $1.1 billion
  • GE and China Datang Group – $1 billion
  • Goldman Sachs China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) – $5 billion
  • Honeywell and Oriental Energy
  • Honeywell and Spring Airlines
  • I. M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) and Civil Aviation Telecom Co., Ltd.
  • Qualcomm and Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo – $12 billion
  • SAS and Shenzhen Zhenghong Technology Co. Ltd. – $30 million
  • Stine Seed China and Beijing W. Seed – $10 million
  • TEREX and Xuzhou Handler – $250 million
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Beijing Municipal Commission of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing Novogene Bioinformatics Technology Co., Ltd, and Innovent Biologics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd – $35 million
  • U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) – $3.4 billion
  • Viroment and Hangzhou Iron and Steel – $800 million
  • Viroment and Guangye Guangdong Environmental Protection Group, Co, LTD. – $100 million
  • Westinghouse Electric Company, Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) and subsidiaries, State Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (SNPEC) and State Nuclear Power Automation & Engineering Company (SNPAS)

Nondelegation deals:

  • American Ethane and Nanshan Group – $25 billion
  • Ford Trading Company LLC. And Ford Motor (China) Ltd. – $10 billion
  • GM and SAIC-GM – $2.2 billion.
  • The Montana Stockgrowers signed and Jingdong Century Trade Company (JD.com) – $200 million. Smithfield Food Inc.
  • Smithfield Food Inc and Jingdong Century Trade Company (JD.com) – $1 billion.
  • The state of West Virginia and Shenhua corporation – $83 billion.

Upcoming Event: DFI Impact Investment Roundtable

DFI Impact Investment Roundtable
06 Dec 2017
London, UK
EBRD

Senior-level Conversation with Development Finance Institutions on Investing for Impact.

As impact investing grows in scale and attracts greater investment flows, more fund managers and advisors are getting involved in sourcing, screening and reporting on investments that deliver measurable impact alongside financial returns.

Development finance institutions (DFI) are the original impact investors – we have been sourcing and managing commercial investments in emerging markets for economic and social impact over the past 70 years. In the process, we have developed substantial experience and expertise of relevance to impact investors, whether institutional investors, asset managers, philanthropic organizations or family offices. We also offer co-investment opportunities for investors seeking exposure to emerging market assets that offer measured impact, commercial returns, and rigorous attention to environmental, social and governance safeguards.

The EBRD is hosting a closed-door conversation between DFIs—EBRD, IFC, and CDC—and selected impact investors that will explain DFI approaches to investing for impact and identify opportunities for collaboration. The roundtable conversation will be held at EBRD’s London Office (1 Exchange Square) on 6 December, from 9:00am to 14:00pm, followed by a lunch.

This event is by invitation only.

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Support Business Startups in Keokuk

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the city of Keokuk, Iowa, to renovate an office building that will house startup companies. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create or retain 75 jobs and spur $3 million in private investment.

“President Trump is working diligently every day to help empower our nation’s entrepreneurs who are the engine of job creation,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The renovated Roquette building will attract and support new companies that will boost the region’s economic growth.”

The project will help to renovate the former Roquette office building to support the expansion of emerging startup companies in southeast Iowa. It serves as an opportunity for area grain processing businesses as well as entrepreneurs to be close to clustered industries and expand in the region. This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. EDA funds Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

Upcoming Event: Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is honored to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, October 22-28, 2017.

The 2017 National MED Week observance, in conjunction with the National Minority Supplier Development Council 2017 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in Detroit, Michigan, will feature several Powered by MBDA workshops that focus on federal programs and honor the 2017 National MED Week Award winners.

medweek.mdba.gov

Upcoming Trade Events

Trade EventsExpo MRO
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
October 11-13, 2017

This trade show is a popular option for companies who want to supply MRO materials to Mexican manufacturers. Several American companies exhibit at the event held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. MRO materials are quick sales and don’t need to comply with the lengthy, burdensome procurement process required for direct materials. Expo MRO is a great venue for companies to explore opportunities and to network with fellow manufacturers.

Trade Winds Business Forum
Southeast Europe
October 16-23, 2017

commercial specialists have identified the advanced manufacturing sector as one with top prospects for sales in Southeast Europe. With tens of billions of dollars in available EU funds for economic development, there are a number of opportunities for U.S. exporters in this dynamic and growing region.

Certified Trade Mission to Azerbaijan & Georgia
Oct 16-18, 2017

Azerbaijan, with a GDP of $37.5 billion, is a country on the move with countless opportunities for business. Georgia, with a GDP of 14.5 billion, has many trade agreements in place that provide opportunities for companies to access not only the country’s 4.4million residents, but the wider region without or with limited customs tariffs. U.S. companies may participate in one or both stops in order to: explore these markets for new business opportunities; meet with pre-screened distributors, customers and business partners; meet with government officials; and, network with key business people.

Webinar: International Additive Manufacturing Standardization
October 17, 10:00a.m. EDT, 2017

The global additive manufacturing market is booming. Due to recent statistics, Germany is at the forefront. The share of local firms already utilizing 3D-printing promises rapid growth in the future.
Topic 1 – Regulations relating to Additive Manufacturing in the US and EU: Get an insight into the appropriate regulations to export successfully.
Topic 2 – Snapshot of the Additive Manufacturing market in Germany/Europe Germany as the EU’s largest market offers U.S. additive manufacturers good potential.
Free webinar.

FABTECH 2017
McCormick Place, Chicago
November 6-9, 2017

FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event will see more than 1,700 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees. Join the U.S. Commercial Service at this event. Contact Allison Mello for details.

Plastimagen 2017
Centro Banamex, Mexico City
November 7-10, 2017

Plastimagen 2017 is the most complete and important U.S. Department of Commerce certified trade fair for the plastic industry in Latin America. With over 850 exhibiting companies from 20 different countries including Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and others. The show brings together more than 28,000 visitors with a large percentage of decision makers and industry leaders. The U. S. pavilion is booked up but spaces are still available in the machinery section.

Composites Meetings B to B event
Nantes, France
November 8-9, 2017

An international custom-tailored matchmaking program which in 2015 attracted 420 participants from 21 countries and generated 5200 b2b meetings. Unlike traditional exhibits, the event provides pre-arranged one-on-one meetings strictly reserved for professionals that pre-register. It is a great opportunity to be connected with decision-makers from major target industries, including aerospace, automotive, nautical construction, rail and energy.

Integr8 2017, Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 Conference
Detroit, Michigan
November 9, 2017

Join Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce at Integr8 2017! Get inspired by the world’s foremost Industry 4.0 thought leaders as they discuss the smart technologies shaping our future. Meet us at Integr8™, Automation Alley’s one-of-a-kind, global conference focused on the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry. Integr8™ aims to educate attendees on the advantages and benefits of implementing advanced manufacturing technologies on our factory floors.

IMTEX Forming 2018
Bengaluru, India
January 25-30, 2018

Organized by the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), IMTEX and the concurrent Tooltech 2018 is one of the largest international machine tools expos in Asia. The show will feature all aspects of forming technologies, predominantly sheet metal forming. It attracts visitors from a wide spectrum of manufacturing and ancillary industries, including key decision and policy makers as well as industry captains who are keen to source latest technologies and manufacturing solutions for their product lines. The Commercial Service will be happy to provide counselling on market opportunities in India and matchmaking services for exhibiting/participating U.S. companies in and around the show dates.

ACMEE 2018
Chennai, India
June 21-25, 2018

This show is held once every two years and is one of the premier expos of machine tools. It is organized by the local manufacturing association of Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA). The last show in 2016 had 465 exhibitors including 125 from overseas and 45,000 visitors.

DOC Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Imports of 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft From Canada

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of 100- to 150-seat large civil aircraft from Canada. As AFA, Commerce applied the sole dumping margin calculated in the petition for Canadian exports of aircraft, which is 79.82 percent. This rate will apply to all other producers/exporters as well.

The Commerce Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of 100- to 150-seat large civil aircraft based on this preliminary rate.

“The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada, but this is not our idea of a properly functioning trading relationship,” said Secretary Ross. “We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, while do everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers.”
Although Canadian civil aircraft subject to this investigation have not yet been imported, an April 2016 press release announcing the sale of Canadian civil aircraft to a U.S. airline valued the order to be in excess of $5 billion.

The petitioner is The Boeing Company (IL).
Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. From January 20 through October 5, 2017, the Commerce Department has initiated 65 AD and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations – a 48 percent increase from the previous year, and a 16-year peak in the number of investigations initiated in a single fiscal year. The Commerce Department currently maintains 411 AD and CVD duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Antidumping laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of dumping unfairly priced products into the United States.

Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final AD determination in this investigation on December 19, 2017.

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

DOC Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations of Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil and Norway

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations on silicon metal, finding that exporters from Australia, Brazil, and Norway have sold this merchandise in the United States at rates ranging from 20.79 percent, 56.78 percent to 134.92 percent, and 3.74 percent, respectively at less than fair value.

The Commerce Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway based on these preliminary rates.

“The U.S. values its relationships with these nations, but even friendly countries must play by the rules,” said Secretary Ross. “We will continue to review all information related to this preliminary determination while standing up to the American worker and business.”

In 2016, imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway were valued at an estimated $33.9 million, $60.0 million, and $21.6 million, respectively.
The petitioner is Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. Its production facilities are located in Alabama, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. From January 20, 2017, through October 5, 2017, Commerce has initiated 65 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – a 48 percent increase from the previous year, and a 16-year peak in the number of investigations initiated in a single fiscal year. For the same time period in 2016, The Commerce Department had initiated 44 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

Commerce currently maintains 411 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade. Antidumping laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of dumping unfairly priced products into the United States.

Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final AD determinations on February 16.
If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations of dumping and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations of dumping or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.