DOC Issues Expected Final 90-Day Extension of Temporary General License Authorizations

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today it is extending the terms of the existing Temporary General License (TGL) authorizations for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its non-U.S. affiliates (Huawei) on the Entity List for 90 days. The terms and duration of any future general licenses will be announced prior to the expiration of this 90-day time period.

This announcement follows public comments received from numerous companies, associations, and individuals about the TGL. The Department continues to assess the national security and foreign policy implications of companies and individuals that have not yet transitioned from Huawei equipment.

The 90-day extension provides an opportunity for users of Huawei devices and telecommunication providers—particularly those in rural U.S. communities—to continue to temporarily operate such devices and existing networks while hastening the transition to alternative suppliers.

In announcing this extension, the Department is also notifying the public that activities authorized in the TGL may be revised and possibly eliminated after August 13, 2020. Companies and persons relying on TGL authorizations should begin preparations to determine the specific, quantifiable impact of elimination if they have not done so already. Those companies and persons should be prepared to submit license applications to the Department to determine which, if any, activities will be authorized in the event that their TGL authorization is eliminated. The Department will provide prior notice via the Federal Register of a need to submit such applications.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce is responsible for overseeing these export control activities. BIS’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS is committed to restricting U.S.-origin commodities and technology from use in support of Weapons of Mass Destruction projects, terrorism, or destabilizing military modernization programs.

Department of Commerce Renews Temporary General License for 45 Days

Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it was extending a Temporary General License (TGL) for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List for an additional 45 days.  The TGL was implemented as a measure to prevent interruption of existing network communication systems in rural U.S. regions and permit global network security measures.  The TGL is intended to allow time for companies and persons to shift to alternative sources of equipment, software and technology (i.e., those not produced by Huawei or one of its listed affiliates).  

The 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers—particularly those in rural U.S. communities—the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operation.  American technology should not be acquired by Huawei and its foreign affiliates and used in a manner that undermines U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.  During the next 45 days, the Department intends to determine the need for any future extensions of the TGL. 

The TGL amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to authorize specific, limited engagement in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items subject to the EAR to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List until April 1, 2020.  

Huawei was added to the Entity List after the U.S. government concluded the company poses a significant risk of involvement in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States, including, by engaging, among other things, in alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy to violate IEEPA by providing prohibited financial services to Iran, and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of those alleged violations of U.S. sanctions, among other illicit activities, including charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering activities announced by the Department of Justice today.

The Bureau of Industry and Security’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS is committed to preventing U.S.-origin items from supporting Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) projects, terrorism, or destabilizing military modernization programs. 

Upcoming Event: Discover Global Markets

Indo-Pacific
Opportunities at the Convergence of Aerospace + Defense + Security
Dec. 10-12, 2018 | Salt Lake City, UT

About Discover Global Markets

Discover Global Markets is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters.

In just a few days, attendees will uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters, and connect with hundreds of networking contacts.

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At Each Discover Global Markets Conference, you will:

  • Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from abroad
  • Participate in panel discussions on the latest industry trends
  • Identify new and emerging markets of opportunity ahead of your competition
  • Learn about U.S. export programs designed to cut your time to market
  • Network with U.S. trade officials, leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces FirstNet Public-Private Partnership

March 30, 2017, the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. Speakers at the announcement event included Secretary Wilbur Ross, Congressman Greg Walden, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FirstNet board bmembers, and public safety officers and first responders.

Join the U.S. Information and Communication Technologies and Services Trade Mission to Singapore & Vietnam

March 6-10, 2017

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is organizing an Informational and Technologies (ICT) Trade Mission to Singapore and Vietnam from March 6-10th, 2017. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Singapore and Vietnam’s rapidly expanding ICT sector, and to assist U.S. companies in pursuing export opportunities in this sector. The mission is designed for U.S. ICT companies. The mission also will help U.S. companies already doing business in Singapore and Vietnam increase their footprint and deepen their business interests. With the Administration’s emphasis on enacting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, medium and long-term opportunities will continue for American companies that strategically position in these markets. The mission will not be an executive-led mission.

This trade mission focus on recruiting U.S. veteran-owned companies and others who play a significant role in information communication and telecom infrastructure development, by helping U.S. companies get ahead of their global competitors in the ASEAN markets that present excellent market opportunities in these sectors.
Webinar: Opportunity in Singapore & Vietnam

The U.S. Commercial Service Vets Go Global team will host an in-depth webinar on November 22 featuring experts who will discuss the rapid growth of information and communication technology infrastructure in Singapore and Vietnam. Click here for more information!

Mission Goals

The goal of the Information Communication Technologies and Services Trade Mission to Singapore and Vietnam is to provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, exposure and access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and business partners, so that they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the market. Mission members will meet with potential partners and buyers in both countries at local manufacturing or service provider facilities. Additionally they will meet with manufacturers’ associations and government officials to learn about the local market and sales opportunities. 

The precise schedule will be structured based on specific goals of the mission participants and availability of local government officials.

Target Products & Services for Trade Mission:

  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Emergency management technology equipment and services.
  • Information technology and big data management service (e.g. electronic health records, billing information, etc…)
  • Cyber security software, services, and equipment.
  • Critical infrastructure protection systems and management solutions.
  • Data loss and privacy protection technologies.

Commercial Setting


Singapore: 

Trade between the U.S. and Singapore has continued to increase, thanks to one of the most successful FTAs on record, reaching $47 billion in 2014.

Singapore has one of the most developed ICT infrastructures in the world. It was the United States’ 13th largest export market and 17th largest trading partner in 2014 and is one of the best markets in Asia for U.S. companies hoping to expand their market penetration throughout Asia. With a U.S. style of business, strong intellectual property protection, easy to navigate market, an English-speaking society, and virtually no corruption, Singapore is a great regional trading hub.

Telecommunication and Internet facilities in Singapore are state-of-the-art, proving high-quality communications with the rest of the world. For mobile phone users, 3rd generation (3G) networks and services were rolled out in early 2005, 4G in 2011 and 4GLTE in 2014. The country is dependent on imports and U.S. products are traditionally well received here. Best prospects include equipment, content, software and technologies for broadband, wireless broadband, and 4G.

There are excellent opportunities to sell new applications and solutions to Singapore, as it is an early adopter of new technologies and innovations. Singapore’s telecom service operators are investing in infrastructure to improve their services. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is the Singapore government agency that spearheads the strategic use of ICT in Singapore. It is seeking to work with vendors of cutting edge technologies with the goal of developing Singapore into a smart and connected nation.

Vietnam:

As of December 2014 (latest data available), the number of Internet users in Vietnam stood at 39.8 million, posting a penetration of 44 percent. According to Business Monitor International, the Internet market in Vietnam is forecasted to grow at a rapid annual pace of 9 percent for the next few years thanks to the strong growth of over-the-top applications, e-commerce and Internet TV. As the major mobile carriers and Internet service providers (Viettel, Mobifone, Vinaphone, VDC and FPT) plan to upgrade their network infrastructure to improve the quality of connectivity, this is expected to provide significant market opportunities for U.S. suppliers of networking equipment and power systems. U.S. suppliers of cyber security equipment and software are expected to see good market opportunities as virtually all mobile operators and Internet service providers in Vietnam are increasingly making investments to protect and keep their customers.

Security software revenue in Vietnam grew 11.9% year-on-year (YoY) and reached $US 16.2 million in 2014, according to International Data Corp (IDC). IDC forecasts the security software spending will be more on cloud and will see 11.8% growth in 2015.

Based on IDC’s Asia/Pacific 2H2014 Semiannual Software Tracker, the spending for network security that includes intrusion prevention and application firewall grew strongly with 19.7% increase in 2014 compared to 2013. “In terms of security investment, Vietnamese organizations are still focusing much on endpoint and network security, while the spending on web and messaging solutions has been reduced,” said Ha Ngoc Khuong, Market Analyst for IDC Vietnam. Khuong also added that both web and messaging security market will continue to face a challenging year in 2014 with 2.3% and negative 1.2% YoY growth respectively.

In 2014, the endpoint market had returned on track with a healthy growth of 12.4% due to the increased spending from government, communication and media for endpoint protection. There was also growing concern for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for banking services and the demand for centralizing data center authorization has led to increased traction for identity access management with 15.4% growth last year.

Compared to the same period in 2013, the Security and Vulnerability Management saw lower traction with 2% negative growth in 2014 due to the slow spending from key end-users such as banking and communication sectors.

Trade Mission Features

Introduce your business to Singapore and Vietnam’s rapidly expanding needs for information and communications technology products.
Facilitate trade between your business and firms found in Singapore and Vietnam with market briefings and site visits.
Participate in one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners.
Attend VIP networking receptions and events with business leaders and government representatives.
Gain insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific technologies.

Fees and Expenses

  • $3,200 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (less than 500 employees)
  • $5,300 for a large firm
  • $750 for each additional firm participant
  • $700 for additional/optional meetings in Ho Chi Minh City

Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

To Apply

Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than January 8, 2017. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on rolling basis. Applications received after January 8, 2017 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contact Information

Deborah Misouria
Project Officer
Trade Promotion Programs
Washington, DC
Department of Commerce
Deborah.Misouria@trade.gov

Brian N. Beams
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Northern New Jersey
Department of Commerce
Brian.Beams@trade.gov

Dylan Daniels
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Memphis, TN
Department of Commerce
Dylan.Daniels@trade.gov

Murat Muftari
Senior International Trade Specialist
Vets Go Global Team Leader
U.S. Commercial Service
Department of Commerce
Murat.Muftari@trade.gov

U.S. Department of Commerce Partners with USC Marshall School of Business, Ports of L.A., Long Beach to Advance Nation’s Supply Chains

A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus.

“Through this new partnership, we hope to encourage ports around the country to increase efficiency by adopting new technologies that will provide more information on the flow of goods to port users and stakeholders,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The ability to move cargo quickly through our ports is critical to national and regional trade, economic growth, and our nation’s overall competitiveness.”

The partnership with USC Marshall will allow for collaboration on digitalization of the nation’s supply chains, including applications related to IoT (Internet of Things).

The first formal event of the partnership will be the Port Community IT Systems Exhibition and Technology Challenge at USC on Nov. 18-20. The gathering will open with a symposium offering leaders from ports communities and supply chain owner organizations, as well as public policy and academic experts a chance to explore how digital innovations can increase port operating efficiencies and reduce overall supply chain congestion.

“The Port of Los Angeles isn’t just the nation’s leading cargo port—it’s a laboratory for ideas and technologies that show how ports across America can thrive in the global marketplace for generations to come,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Los Angeles is the perfect home for this innovative partnership, and I’m proud of the critical role our port has played in making it possible.”

The November conference will also feature a technology challenge, allowing teams of startups and student developers to compete for $15,000 in prizes for innovative new applications and solutions for sharing vital information through Port Community IT systems.

The Department’s 21st Century Ports Initiative is designed to promote excellence in the operation of the nation’s ports and associated supply chains. Digitalization of supply chain operations offers exciting opportunities for innovation and increased efficiencies that can benefit the wider U.S. economy. The existing research program at the Center for Global Supply Chain Management brings real synergy to this effort. 

“At the direction of Mayor Garcetti and Secretary Pritzker, The Port of Los Angeles will embark upon a project to test the capabilities of advanced digital technology to support efficiency, transparency and reliability in the maritime supply chain,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. “We must engage a broad network of experts to succeed and the partnership announced today offers an excellent platform to do that.”

The Center for Global Supply Chain Management at the USC Marshall School of Business has worked with the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach on multi-year research projects to develop efficiencies and solutions for improved cargo flow and environmental sustainability for three years. The Center has hosted the annual Global Supply Chain Management Excellence Summit since 2012, bringing together key supply chain stakeholders to network and share knowledge.

“The alliance between the Dept. of Commerce, USC Marshall and the CGSCM will facilitate the crucial first step of dissecting this problem so we can move forward with modernizing global supply chain using digital technology,” said Nick Vyas executive director of USC Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM) and assistant professor of clinical data sciences and operations at USC Marshall.

Registration for the conference on Nov. 18 and the Hackathon on Nov.19 is now open atwww.uscsupplychain.com/digitalsc.

For more information on the conference, contact Eric Chow, associate director at digitalsc@marshall.usc.edu or 213-821-0093 or Marni Goldberg at Mgoldberg@doc.gov.

For media inquiries, contact Alison Stateman, Alison.stateman@marshall.usc.edu or 917-224-8777.

Just In! Global Smart Cities Decision Makers Coming to Chicago!

Hear from top decision makers and learn about India’s
100 Smart Cities Program!
November 1-3 | Chicago, IL

Meet International Market Experts from Brazil to China to Europe!

Meet with key officials from Visakhapatnam (Vizag), one of the leading smart cities in India:
Praveen Kumar, District Collector & Magistrate of Visakhapatnam
Hari Narayanan, Commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation

India is set to become the most populous country in the world by 2030, making it the home to the biggest and the most under-penetrated market for global manufacturers and service providers. This growing population is shifting, giving rise to new megacities estimated to generate 80% of economic growth, with potential to apply modern technologies and infrastructure.

More to come on decision makers from Vietnam and Qatar

At Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities learn about export opportunities and market trends by meeting with in-country experts on a broad range of industries associated with Infrastructure & Smart Cities, including:
21st Century Infrastructure
Airport & Ground Support Equipment
Building Materials
Cyber Security
Disaster Risk Mitigation
Energy & Smart Grids
Intelligent Traffic Management
Information & Communication Technology
Intelligent Lighting
Smart Building Design
Smart Governance & Citizen Services
Training and certification programs
Water & Wastewater Management
Waste-to-Energy Technologies

Pre-Schedule One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from key markets:

Register today for the best opportunity to pre-schedule your meetings with experts from the markets listed below and obtain market knowledge. Meetings are arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t wait.

Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Hong Kong India
Kenya Korea Mexico Panama The Philippines Qatar
Singapore South Africa Taiwan Vietnam
Europe: Cyber-security
Europe: Energy Efficiency/Design & Construction
Europe: Infrastructure / Transportation / IoT
Europe: E-Mobility

At Discover Global Markets…”You are able to speak with Commercial Diplomats from all over and gather market intelligence for many countries; all at a single event.” said Cameron Javdani, Director of Sales and Marketing for Louroe Electronics.