DOC Defers the Issuance of the Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Aluminum Foil from China

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department will defer issuing its preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation on aluminum foil from China. The deferral will allow the Commerce Department to fully analyze information pertaining to China’s status as a non-market economy (NME) country, which is being contemplated within the context of this AD investigation.

“In all cases, the Department conducts a full and fair assessment of the facts,” said Secretary Ross. “This extension will ensure that the highest standards are followed in this case as we seek to guarantee fair treatment for U.S. workers and businesses.”
Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. The antidumping duty law provides U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfairly priced imports into the United States.

Secretary Ross has vowed to make use of all tools available to hold our trading partners accountable and a fulsome review of China’s NME status is the bedrock of this promise. Conducting a thorough and comprehensive inquiry on China’s NME status is critical to upholding the principle of fair trade.

The Department intends to issue its preliminary determination in this investigation, including a decision on China’s NME status, no later than November 30, 2017. A final determination will be made 75 days after this preliminary decision, unless postponed at a later date.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international law and is based solely on factual evidence.

AICC Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

September 30, 2017, the AICC, American International Chamber of Commerce Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

“Malagasy Youth for Development Y4D” is an association which regroup malagasy young people in Madagascar island. The association has its representant in 22 regions of Madagascar and has thousands of members.


According to Y4D member boards in national and regional levels, they have decided to have partnership with the American International Chambre of Commerce branch of Madagascar. They have asked Mr José RAMAHERISON to be the Honor President of the Malagasy youth for Development association.

The AICC Madagascar is helping Malagasy youth. The development comes from youth, So the reason why AICC Madagascar gave an office, a meeting room and materials and furnitures to Malagasy Y4D association.

Upcoming Event: 2017 MED Week Conference

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is honored to celebrate Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in partnership with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. at the 2017 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange.

The 2017 National MED Week celebration, recognized at the NMSDC Conference, will feature several Powered by MBDA workshops and seminars that focus on federal programs and recognize the 35th Annual National MED Week Award Winners in Detroit, Michigan

Sunday, October 22, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

USDA, Sept. 27, 2017—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 132,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2017/2018 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.

Upcoming Event: International Franchise Expo 2018

THU MAY,31 – SAT JUN 02,2018
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, U.S.A.

Description
The International Franchise Expo (IFE) is the premier annual event for the franchise industry. From domestic or international expansion to selling single units, area developments or master franchises, the International Franchise Expo is THE industry’s one stop franchise event.

The IFE event will be promoted worldwide to over 120 countries and visitors have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors. The IFE continues to gain recognition as a first-class international show, where foreign attendees have a chance to make one-on-one contacts with the top brands in franchising and develop dynamic business relationships. 

The International Franchise Expo is a 3 day event which has featured over 400 franchise exhibitors, with investments ranging from $5,000 to $1M+ and a wide range of product categories. Franchising is a strategy proven to grow businesses quickly -a strategy used by more than 100 industries to develop national brands. Millions of people have opened their own businesses by buying a franchise. 

The opportunities at IFE cover multiple markets and industries. The event brings together expanding and developing franchise concepts with the highest qualified franchisee candidates in the USA and around the world.

Automotive & Ground Transportation Upcoming Events

APTA EXPO, Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta – October 9-11, 2017:
Held every three years in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Annual Meeting, EXPO is public transit’s premier showcase of technology, products and services. Be at the center of the growing public transportation industry where innovation and technology converge to accelerate every mode of public transportation.
Event details here.

Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Conference Las Vegas, Nevada – October 29 – 31, 2017:
The AWDA Conference brings the leading manufacturers and wholesalers of the industry together to engage in productive and profitable business and networking opportunities.
Details here.

ITS World Congress Montreal, Canada – October 29 – November 2, 2017:
Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America for exhibits, demonstrations and industry-leading education on transformational transportation and integrated mobility. Last year’s Congress drew 11,000 participants from 70 countries. 
Event details here.

Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Las Vegas, Nevada – October 31 – November 2, 2017:
As the annual, trade-only showcase for the $356 billion automotive auto care market, the AAPEX engages more than 132,000 professionals from around the globe.
Event details here.

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show ,Las Vegas, Nevada – October 31 – November 3, 2017:
The annual, trade-only SEMA Show features 2,400 exhibiting companies that offer the latest automotive specialty products related to enhancing a vehicle’s performance, appearance, safety, or comfort. Approximately 25 percent of the buyers that attend SEMA are from outside of the United States. On October 30, U.S. companies can participate in three roundtable discussions regarding SEMA’s overseas trips to China, Australia, and the Middle East, and hear tips from buyers and experienced exporters about selling to these regions.
Event details here.

Automotive Meetings Bursa, Turkey – November 14 – 16, 2017:
Join the U.S. Commercial Service and Advanced Business Events for the only auto supply chain event in Turkey for the automotive and aftermarket industry. AM Bursa is a unique venue for suppliers and service providers interested or doing business in Turkey to secure direct meetings with large Tier I and Tier II automotive companies. Engineering, procurement, supply chain, fabrication, commodity teams, suppliers and service providers will meet through pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings, without the distractions found at traditional exhibitions. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate!
Event details here.

55th Annual National RV Show Louisville, Kentucky – November 28 – November 30, 2017:
As the sole “trade only” recreational vehicle (RV) industry show currently held, there is no public attendance. The show provides an important marketplace for recreational vehicle dealers, owners of accessory stores and campground operators to view the products of numerous RV manufacturers and suppliers of OEM parts, services and accessories in one location. The show provides exhibitors an excellent opportunity to expand product lines into new regions, domestically and internationally; see competing products; and strengthen distribution networks.
Event details here.

Automechanika Shanghai, China – November 29 – December 2, 2017:
Automechanika is one of the leading international meeting places for the automotive sector. It spotlights innovations and solutions in the fields of parts, systems, tuning, workshop equipment, bodywork & paintwork, car wash, IT & management and the latest automobile services. U.S. companies can exhibit anywhere on the show floor or in the U.S. Pavilion.
Event details here.

Secretary Ross’s Meetings with Chinese Officials During East Asia Travel

On September 25, Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ambassador Terry Branstad met separately with Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Wang Yang, NDRC Chairman He Lifeng, Director of the Party Central Economic and Financial Affairs Leading Small Group Liu He, and MIIT Minister Miao Wei. The Secretary also met with his counterpart, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, on the evening of September 24.

The meetings provided opportunities to prepare the ground for President Trump’s planned visit to Asia later this fall and to engage in a friendly and honest exchange of views on a range of issues including the need to rebalance bilateral trade and investment relations, protect intellectual property, lower tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and guarantee fair and reciprocal treatment for U.S. firms.

The Secretary highlighted his intention to lead a senior level trade mission to China in November and to reduce the trade deficit through increased exports of high-value U.S. goods and services to China and improved market access for U.S. firms.

Chinese officials committed to further market opening and welcomed participation by U.S. firms. Both sides expressed the view that bilateral trade frictions should be resolved through negotiation, commitment to high standards, and good economic governance. Secretary Ross reiterated the need for concrete deliverables and meaningful action on key issues.

Chinese officials also expressed concern about U.S. export controls and about the Section 301 investigation that is being conducted by the United States Trade Representative.

In response, the Secretary relayed the ongoing concerns of the U.S. business community at forced technology transfers, data localization, and other intellectual property rights issues. Chinese officials asked Secretary Ross to inform them of any such issues to them as they arise, saying they would seek to resolve these challenges on behalf of American companies.

Chinese officials continually stressed that dialogue is preferable to unilateral action, saying that they would have to respond in kind to any potential action by the United States. Secretary Ross once again continued to stress the need for concrete action to address the concerns of U.S. businesses, and that the U.S. would take action to defend American workers and businesses if cooperative efforts bear no fruit.

Secretary Ross now travels on to Hong Kong, Thailand, and Laos.