May 2022
See you there!

Seventeen workshops and panels and two keynotes will give you the latest on high-impact topics like U.S. CBP’s policies and priorities for 2022, tackling ocean shipping and port congestion and much more.

If you’re an exporter, carrier, or service provider, then you’re confronting a host of challenges affecting your day-to-day operations —every day. That’s why you can’t afford to miss this outstanding program!
A sneak preview

UK Open for Business – May 19 session

The UK is not only one of the closest allies to the US; it is also one of the most important markets for US exports and investment. This session will offer an introduction to a country that has made ‘global trade’ part of its identify and ambition as a nation.

Participants will learn about current joint efforts by the US and he UK to strengthen the economic corridor, specific areas where the UK aims to be an attractive place to do business, facts and figures about the market, as well as tangible guidance and resources for firms who are looking at the market for the very first time.
Expect a comprehensive political update and information that will help you kick off your firm’s exporting and/or investment journey.

Sarah Clegg, Head of Trade Policy, British Embassy, DC

Tim Crouch, Director of Investment, North America, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
Emanuel Adam, Chief Policy & Trade Officer, BritishAmerican Business
* A joint statement on the UK-US dialogue on the future of Atlantic Trade, followed discussions between UK's Secretary of State Anne-Marie Anne-Marie Trevelyan, and US Ambassador Katherine Tai, in Aberdeen, Scotland. April 26, 2022, DIT, Read more
View complete agenda here!

Nationally known experts from all segments of the supply chain will offer updates, assessments, and recommendations to help you navigate today’s critical issues in international trade. Our speakers to date include:
  • Emanuel Adam, Chief Policy & Trade Officer, BritishAmerican Business
  • Akindele Akinyemi President & CEO at Global African Business Association
  • Mark Ballam, Managing Director at San Diego State University, Center for Advancing Global Business/ Imperial Valley California DEC
  • Elizabeth Chan, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation
  • Sarah Clegg, Head of Trade Policy, British Embassy
  • Tim Crouch, Director of Investment, North America, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Christopher Connor, CEO American Association of Port Authorities C
  • Naomi Jordan Cook, VGC Group
  • David Day Esq, Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation/ Hawaii DEC 
  • Oz Erdem, Linqs Inc, Past NADEC Chair
  • Deniece Laurant-Mantey, Director for Africa, The National Security Council, The White House
  • Nate LaMar, Senior Manager of International Business Development, GM Defense
  • Luke Lindberg, Executive Director of Global Strategy, Innovation, and World Clinic, Sanford Health/ South Dakota DEC
  • Fred Latuperissa, President at ExIm 20/20 Group, LLC/ California Inland Empire DEC
  • Shawn Levsen, International Sales Manager, UPS, NADEC Chair
  • Mariano Parlato, Country Manager at DISS/ Puerto Rico DEC
  • Tee Persad Esq., Mediator & Business Consultant, CPLS, P.A./ Central-North Florida DEC
  • Ernesto Pinal, Managing Director, Export Optimizers/ Idaho DEC
  • Sandy Renner, Chair, FasTrack Global Expansion Solutions, Inc./ Minnesota DEC
  • Michael Sudarkas, CEO Africa Business Group, TBD Ghana Investment Promotion Authority
  • Shalon Simmons, President, Secure Global Solutions, LLC 
  • Brenda Stelly, President, Oil Center Research International LLC/ Louisiana DEC
  • Courtney Sanders, IBT Online
  • Stacey Standley, Joint Managing Director of Sikand-Standley Ent Pvt Ltd./ Nevada DEC
  • Kelly Watkins, President, Expressive Concepts/ Kentucky DEC  
  • Urszula Wojciechowska, MBE., Executive Director, Coalition of New England Companies for Trade/ Massachusetts DEC 

COVID-19 policy: Currently, Washington, DC has eased some COVID restrictions. However, please be prepared to bring both masks and your vaccination card, in case COVID numbers increase again and restrictions are re-imposed.
NADEC would like to thank our Corporate sponsors for their support:
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Bronze Sponsors
Oil Center Research International
VGC Group:Your Local Global Digital Agency
Global Risk Mitigation Foundation
ExIm 20/20 Group, LLC
There is still time to get exposure
for your company!

Contact Michael Salerno now to get your company on the DEC on the list!
In Focus
Ten ways the war in Ukraine will change
the world
Russia's invasion of Ukraine marks a defining moment in the reshaping of the geopolitical order. The battle for Ukraine is not just another regional war: it represents a rupture in Russia-West relations that will have profound repercussions for Europe and the world.
The report outlines how the conflict will influence the global balance of power and lead to a further unravelling of the post-Cold War order.
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& Urszula Wojciechowska, Co-Chair, Communications Committee, Newsletter Editor
Export Bootcamp Virtual Training with LED
& Louisiana DEC

May 10, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

For new-to-export companies & existing Louisiana exporters. Topics: logistics, market entry, trade financing & compliance. Free to all.

This training series is made possible through a collaboration between Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana District Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service, the SBA State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), and Louisiana's regional Economic Development Organizations.


Market Selection, Market Entry & Online Marketing Best Practices
Getting Paid, Risk Management & Export Financing
Logistics, including: Documentation, Duties & Taxes, Shipping, Warehousing & Fulfillment
Lessons Learned, Featuring Louisiana Exporters

For questions or problems joining the webinar, contact Commercial Officer Tom Outlaw at: or 504-301-7757.

Doing Business in Mexico

May 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Did you know Mexico is the third-largest overall U.S. trading partner? There are so many good reasons why!

On July 1, 2020, the United States, Mexico and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. This new free trade agreement contains enhancements and modernized approaches to rules of origin, agricultural market access, intellectual property, digital trade, financial services, labor, and numerous other sectors. Despite COVID 19-linked contraction in 2020, Mexico’s economy is expected to rebound and achieve moderate growth driven by external demand.

Gain a broader understanding of the USMCA provisions and the opportunities they create for trade with Mexico in this webinar featuring these prominent experts:

Kenneth C. Duckworth, Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Commercial Service in Mexico City

Rudy Ortiz, Management Consultant, Strategic Business Services

Working Level Global Logistics Workshop

May 12th from 9:30 am-11:30 am CDT

Understanding or at least knowing where to find answers to the ins-and-outs of international shipping is vital to business growth and success. Being able to anticipate and react to issues that arise in global logistics is especially significant in today’s world.

Join us for a practical training session on some of the most important aspects of work responsibilities surrounding global logistics including:
  • Export Documentation
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Export Compliance

"Women in International Trade”
Export Lunch & Learn Webinar
May 17, 2022, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST
This webinar focuses on the opportunities and obstacles for women entering the global marketplace.

In cooperation with the Central and Northern Indiana Women’s Business Centers, this webinar focuses on the opportunities and obstacles for women entering the global marketplace. Panelists will provide a personal view of their experience working in international markets.

  • bNutty: Carol Podolak
  • Energy Vista 2: Patricia Boling
  • Cummins: Regina Barringer

Moderator:   IU CIBER: Christine Everett

World Trade Week NYC is hosted by the New York District Export Council

May 1 - 31, 2022

This initiative is active network of more than 70 organizations in the New York metro region working together to underscore the importance of international trade, logistics, and port operations to the region's economy and to use their collective expertise to help the region's businesses grow through international trade.

Watch the WTW NYC 2022 website for more information about upcoming webinars scheduled for the months of April, May, and June 2022. WTW NYC award winners will be announced on the WTW website in May.

Andrea Ratay, Chair, New York District Export Council
Robin Van Puyenbroeck, Executive Direct-Business Development, World Trade Centers Association
Sam Ruda, Director, Port Department, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

From the U.S. Department of Commerce
Roadmap to Global Markets for Early-Stage Med Tech Companies Webinar Series

Join the Mid-Atlantic Network of the U.S. Commercial Service for a three-part webinar series designed for early-stage and/or new-to-export medical technology companies. The series will provide an overview of international market opportunities, an explanation of regulatory pathways for med-tech companies, and how to position your company for success in global markets.

Part 1: International Market Opportunities for Early-Stage Medical Technology Companies
May 11, 2022, 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

Part 2: Understanding International Regulatory Pathways for Med Tech Exporters
FDA Imports will provide a broad overview of the main regulatory pathways available in the European Union (“EU”), Healthcare Canada, Australia, and Israel.
May 18, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Part 3: Positioning Your Med Tech Company for Success in Global Markets Operationalizing your company’s internal business operations is critical before expanding overseas. 
May 25, 2022, 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST
"Advanced Manufacturing"

Opportunities and Trends in Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan 

May 18, 2022, 8 pm - 9:15 pm EST

Designed For: U.S. suppliers of advanced manufacturing technologies.

Learn more about opportunities in these markets and the upcoming Official U.S. Department of Commerce Advanced Manufacturing Business Development Mission to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan, October 17-21, 2022.

Please join ITA and Strategic Partner the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) as we collaborate to present an overview of the Australian Defense Market on June 8. During this session, OAI and ITA will provide participants with:

  • A brief overview of foreign military sales;
  • An overview of the Australian aerospace and defense market and where U.S. industry fits, succeeds and promotes; and 
  • An overview of the 2023 Avalon Airshow – key aspects and practicalities of participation.

Taking Your International Business to the Next Level: Discovering Unique Strategies and Techniques 

May 18, 2022, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm CST

Stephen Hall, of Washington D.C., will be joining us in person to discuss all things about imports and exports.

Some of the topics to be covered:

* Using little-known export promotion programs by the U.S. and foreign governments and private sector organizations
* How to manage overseas opportunities without extensive travel and have the international customer come to you.
* Manage your organization to meet increasing export sales
* Overcome roadblocks in the international marketplace to win that sale
* Avoid awkward cultural situations that can make or break a deal
* Get the most out of trade shows
* How to adhere to the new U.S government’s and foreign governments’ imposed export control measures. This affects all businesses, even if you do not export!
*Current and emerging trends and technologies that you need to know in international trade

Discover Global Markets: A New Age
in Ocean Technology, Sustainability and Logistics

September 20 - 22, 2022
Providence, RI

Discover Global Markets business development forum is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters. The forum features a dynamic mix of plenary sessions, topical round-tables, prescheduled one-on-one meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats, buyers and ministry officials from key markets around the globe, and plenty of networking!

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Let's Increase DEC Member Engagement!

The NADEC National Committee has prepared a:

All Board Members have special expertise in international trade and are dedicated to helping businesses across the nation develop global sales. Contact them if you have any questions or if they can be of any help.