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    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities


    Commercial Service Illinois continues to provide our clients and partners with counseling and information during these challenging times. Know that we are here for you whether you have questions about the status of an event, need to cancel a service, or are checking on the status of an export market.
    To learn more about our virtual services, visit Trade.gov/virtual-services.
    Connect with us on social media @USCommercialSvc for our latest updates and resources.
    If you have any questions or would like to share helpful resources, please connect with us. We look forward to working with you soon!

    Join our Chicago Team!

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking Trade Specialists. The U.S. Commercial Service assists and advocates for U.S. businesses in international markets to foster U.S. economic prosperity. Utilizing our network of trade promotion and policy professionals located in more than 100 U.S. Commercial Service offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices, the agency promotes U.S. exports, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises; advances and protects U.S. commercial interests overseas; and attracts inward investment into the United States.

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    Pathways Program (Recent Graduates)


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    Featured Virtual Opportunity

    The APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Certification for U.S. Companies
    Connect with ITA’s Office of Digital Services to learn more about the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) data privacy certification available to U.S. companies.
    The APEC CBPRs is a government-backed data privacy certification that companies can obtain to certify their global operations to internationally-recognized data privacy standards. The APEC CBPR System was developed and endorsed by the 21 members of APEC and implements the APEC Privacy Framework.  APEC’s 21 members account for 60 percent of global GDP, and participation in the CBPR System can help companies comply with data privacy requirements across the region, reducing compliance costs and ensuring vital data can continue to be transferred across borders. 
    You can set up a meeting with ITA experts to learn more about the CBPR certification and cross-border data flows throughout the region by contacting Sam Schofield (Sam.Schofield@trade.gov) and Ari Ness (Aryeh.Ness@trade.gov). 

    Opportunities & Events

    Webinar: Mexico’s Quality Infrastructure Law
    The U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico will host a webinar on October 22, 2020 at 1:00p.m. EST  regarding the new Quality Infrastructure Law, which replaced the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardization. The law, published in Mexico’s Daily Gazette on June 30, governs the elaboration of standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures.
    This webinar will help inform U.S. exporters about key elements of the law and review how the U.S. Commercial Service can help you navigate the changes. For questions regarding this program, please contact Sylvia Montano at sylvia.montano@trade.gov
    Doing Business with the United Nations Women's Procurement Webinar
    This October 27th webinar will offer a free introduction to the UN’s nearly $19 billion global procurement market, covering a wide range of goods and services. The event will be particularly informative for women- owned companies that need help getting started. Cost: Free – Register Here Contact: Carmela.Mammas@trade.gov 
    How to Make Cross-Border Sales into Brazil Webinar
    Join this October 28th webinar to learn about opportunities to sell your product to Brazilian online consumers. We will explore the opportunities and challenges of cross-border online sales to Brazil and hear insights from experts in the industry. Cost: Free – Register Here Contact: Linda.Abbruzzese@trade.gov
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    Resource for Foreign Trade Remedy Actions.
    Learn about countries with antidumping, countervailing duty, or safeguard actions affecting U.S. exports. The list includes products and measures by country.
    India Virtual Education Fair
    Accredited U.S. community colleges are invited to register and present alongside their four-year institution transfer partner in the first U.S. Commercial Service Virtual Education Fair in India designed to build awareness and support for the American community college system and alternative pathways to a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university. The Virtual Education Fair is a results-oriented program that provides U.S. educational institutions an opportunity to build a network of reliable education agent contacts located in six cities across India including: Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
    To register your interest in this program, contact Pinki Thakker at Pinki.Thakker@trade.gov and LeeAnne Haworth at LeeAnne.Haworth@trade.gov.
    eCommerce Resources on Trade.gov 
    The ecommerce resources on Trade.gov can help you launch and grow your international business. You can:
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    Caribbean Region Trade Mission - May 2021
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is organizing a trade mission to the Caribbean region that will include the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 23-28, 2021.
    The goal of the mission is to help participating U.S. companies find potential partners, buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners in Barbados/Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago, laying the foundation for successful long-term ventures to take advantage of market opportunities in the Caribbean region. During the mission, the delegation will have access to US&FCS commercial officers, commercial specialists, and Department of State economic/commercial officers from the markets in the region.
    Register your interest here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/0R0V   
    For questions regarding this program, please contact Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov

    Exporter Resources

    USMCA Update
    The United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. USMCA is mutually beneficial for North American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. The new Agreement, which entered into force on July 1, 2020, will create a more balanced environment for trade, will support high-paying jobs for Americans, and will grow the North American economy. For more information Click Here or USMCA Fact Sheet
    NEW Market Intelligence for Your Export Planning  
    Get insight into international opportunities with our reports. They are produced by U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at U.S. embassies and consulates. Check out these new reports:
    • France Smart Transportation: France will invest in new technologies with the goal of becoming the first European country to reach carbon neutrality in 2050.
    • Egypt Port Infrastructure:U.S. logistics management companies may look into providing management services to Egypt's ports.
    • India's Nutraceutical Industry: India's nutraceutical industry is expected to hold at least 3.5 percent of global market share by 2023.
    • Peru Medical Devices: U.S. suppliers of diagnostic imaging and emergency room equipment are encouraged to explore the Peruvian medical device market. 
    • Ireland Smartsafe Resilient Cities: Ireland is creating accessible, sustainable, and safe cities, presenting opportunities for U.S. digital and security vendors.
    • Ukraine Infrastructure Plan: Ukraine’s plan to modernize and repair the country’s transportation infrastructure envisions a budget of $60 billion to be invested in roads, railways, airports, and sea ports.
    • Hong Kong Financial MarketsHong Kong's financial services sector is a promising market for U.S. financial technology companies.
    • Kenya Affordable Housing; Kenya identifies affordable housing as a top priority with a goal of adding 500,000 homes in the next five years. U.S. companies can find an advantage in offering project development, design and planning services. 

    Other Resources

    How to Help: If you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public