March 2022
From the Board
The Benefits of Conference Networking
Jason Risner, VP of Sales & Marketing | Alliance Rubber Co.
C0-Chair, Communications Committee
One of the great benefits of attending the NADEC Annual Spring Conference is the diversity of attendees and the networking opportunities that it creates. At our Annual Conference, we have professionals from a variety of position titles, jobs, company size and industries. Attendees come from all across the world to provide you with answers to your questions or roadblocks. Attending this year’s conference will allow you to visit with new people and learn from their different experiences and backgrounds. One huge benefit to conference networking is making new friends and expanding your professional network! 
Please register today for the NADEC Annual Spring Conference being held May 19-20, 2022 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

You will have opportunities to learn from our friends in the U.K., African nations, Island nations, South American countries, and the Middle East. There will be industry experts on EAR vs. ITAR and Cybersecurity as well as educational opportunities to help you leverage and grow exports in your Districts. 
This conference will be the first in-person NADEC conference since the beginning of Covid and will help energize and invigorate local DECs. It is a great way to discover the resources that are available to you and could have a profound effect on your trade goals. Take advantage and join us for the 2022 NADEC Annual Spring Conference.
Jason Risner Y
Some facts on Ukraine

This is a map of Ukraine pictured on top of a map of Europe. It's the biggest European country, bigger than France. Donbass territories, occupied by Russia, are as big as Switzerland.

For those who ask: “Why does Ukraine matter?” Here is some data from Ukrainian Congress Committee of America :
  • Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people. It is:
  • 1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;
  • 1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;
  • 4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;
  • 3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;
  • 3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);
Trade Policy Update
NADEC establishes an Advisory Board 
David Day, Co-Chair, Trade Policy Committee

As you may know, the NADEC established an Advisory Board comprised of distinguished former NADEC Chairs, diplomats, commercial officers, and former NADEC Directors ( ).

The purpose of this new team is to serve as senior advisors to the NADEC Board of Directors. Last year our Advisory Board worked very hard to create a fresh approach to the Congressional funding of the U.S. Commercial Service, both foreign and domestic, in the form of a formal document entitled, “Framework Paper” which is available for your review here ( ).

This Framework Paper addresses the urgent need for Congress to provide significant additional funding for the Commercial Service in order to restore vacant positions and increase the essential boots on the ground to provide better coverage and assistance to U.S. exporters. We urge you to take the time review this extraordinary work by our Advisory Board. When you do that, you will notice that the Framework Paper lays out an important, practical vision for substantially upgrading the Commercial Service.

The exporting world that we all operate in now is quite different than even just last year or even a few months ago. The private sector is faced with radically changing risk analyses for business operations overseas, export market controls and tariff shifts, and the scrambling of geopolitical alignments. Added to these challenges are the heightened competitiveness factors that our members face in certain markets, particularly those where they in competition with major Chinese entities. If all of that were not enough, we are now faced with a further layer of complexities arising from the Ukraine war and the fallout from the massive, global sanctions regimes against Russia and even further supply chain interruptions.
Call to Action!
David Day, Co-Chair, Trade Policy Committee

Challenges such as global pandemics and other disruptions have strained supply chains, necessitating constant strategic planning. The current war in Ukraine will exacerbate these challenges.

There is one such immediate challenge for our exporters that we would like to bring to your attention to which you can help us with. 

Imagine you are an exporter of value-added products and you require 20’ shipping containers to ship your goods on an ocean carrier overseas. Those 20’ containers arrive
in the U.S. fully loaded. They are then then unloaded and then shipped back to Asia empty because of the demand to return them as quickly as possible for return passage back to the U.S.

This “empty return” policy by the ocean carriers (they are all foreign-owned) is driven by urgent product demand here in the U.S. The impact of this “empty return” policy is that various U.S. exporters are simply unable to get containers to ship their product in, creating unsustainable losses for our value-added manufacturers, including damage to
the exporter’s Asian customer base—not to mention the empty, wasted shelf space on
the Asian side. Fortunately, there is a solution, but it needs from you. 

The Ocean Shipping & Reform Act passed the House in December with broad bipartisan support. It has been introduced into the Senate but has not been assigned out to committee. The legislation can help fix many of the problems our exporters face at the ports, by strengthening the Federal Maritime Commission’s enforcement mechanisms and overall toolkit. Among the important provisions of this legislation is that it will prohibit ocean carriers from unreasonably declining opportunities for U.S. exports, as determined by the Federal Maritime Commission in a new required rulemaking.

This is a critical time for DEC members to reach out to their Congressional Representatives and local staff and help us get this legislation in place to assist
our exporters.

Local DEC Events
Please share your local DEC events with the NADEC Network!
Send event details to Heidi Whitman, Admin Coordinator
Exporting to Europe – CE Mark Update

March 17, 2022 / 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Do you want to export to Europe? You may need the CE Mark.

In this Export Lunch & Learn, we will discuss the CE Mark:
  • What is it?
  • Why do you need it?
  • What is new in EU Regulations?

Collectively, the 27 member-nations of the European Union (EU) have about the same GDP and buying power as the United States, making the EU a great trading partner for both Indiana and the US.

If you currently export to the EU or want to, please join us for another Export Lunch & Learn webinar March 17, 2022, noon – 1pm, to learn changes and updates to the CE Mark - that certification which may be required for your product’s entry into the EU.

Speaker: Bob Straetz European Union (EU) Specialist Office of European Union Regional Affairs International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce, DC
How to Effectively Manage International Employees

March 24, 2022 / 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • Learn practical techniques and long-term strategies to leverage their expertise and maximize your ROI, while enhancing their professional growth & development.
  • Understand why your employees from other countries are different from you (and why you are different from them).
  • Develop an environment in your company that enhances success for everyone.
This practical (and not boring!) webinar is open to everyone - DEC members and other exporters. Do you have a specific issue you’d like to learn more about during the Session?
You may pre-send questions to Kelly Watkins–

April 12-13, 2022 / All day

The Caribbean represents a large $23 billion export markets for U.S. firms. The South Florida District Export Council in collaboration with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service is organizing the conference to help your company access opportunities across this important region.

Participants will receive up to date market intelligence and help developing practical strategies for winning procurements and for exporting their goods and services.

"In The Works"

The Education & Training Committee is busy planning the 2022 calendar of webinars. We welcome your ideas for speakers and other events. Please contact Tom Dustman, Co-Chair:

  • April: Discussion with representatives from NASBITE International
  • June: Tourism – Best practices for international visitors
  • July: Foreign Trade Zones – Benefits and Utilization
  • September: Supply Chain update
  • October: DEC Membership – benefits of involvement
  • November: Best practices – discussion with local DECs

Climate Change

February 16, 2022
This 28th annual forum provided a bird's eye view of the global climate change debate including a review of the outcomes of COP26 and that this means for international companies.
Keynote: "What will it take to compete and collaborate in a climate emergency. Lessons from COP26". Rachel Kyte, CMG, Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Followed by a panel discussion with Business Executives moderated by
Dr. Peter Abbott, OBE., British Consul General to New England.

South Bound Trade Initiative

A Fresh Approach to Trade and National Security in the Americas

February 17, 2022
This program brought an innovative prospective on how to leverage the implementation of the new USMCA, Mexico’s and Latin American competitive reshoring options with the existing FTAs in the Americas creating healthy and diversified regional business strategies, more local and less vulnerable to geographical and geopolitical challenges.

Chief Architect – Ernesto Pinal,
Co-Chair, Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee, NADEC


May 15 – 21, 2022
(Application deadline March 25)

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an executive-led Minority-Business Focused Trade Mission (MBTM) to Southwestern Europe: Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

The purpose of the mission is to provide opportunities for U.S. companies to access the Southwestern European regional market and increase U.S. exports to the European Union (EU) region by connecting U.S. firms and trade associations to pre-screened business prospects. Trade mission activities will be designed to target the export assistance needs of minority businesses. 

Exporting Medical Devices to Southeast Asia

March 8-9, 2022, 8:00am-9:30am EST

Join the U.S. Commercial Service-Long Island on March 8-9 for a Virtual Webinar on Exporting Medical Devices to Southeast Asian markets including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

The webinar will highlight healthcare industry of each country, best prospects for exporting U.S. medical device and technology, and regulatory procedures. Target attendees are U.S. medical device makers and health IT solutions developers from all over the U.S.

Questions? Contact

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!

A New Age in Ocean Technology, Sustainability and Logistics

September 20-22, 2022, Omni Providence Downtown, Providence, RI

  • Gain market insights from industry experts from U.S. Embassies around the world including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
  • Participate in matchmaking meetings with buyers, distributors, government officials and potential partners.
  • Hear from OEMs and primes about overseas projects and their supplier pipeline needs.
  • Learn about U.S. government export programs designed to cut your time to market. 

Q: | Registration opening soon!

Become a Discover Global Markets Sponsor
As a Discover Global Markets sponsor your organization will position itself as a leader in the international business community. Additionally, sponsors of Discover Global Markets: The Blue Economy will receive significant visibility in front of hundreds of attendees. Sponsorship opportunities are available at every level.

For more information, contact:
Be engaged with your local DEC!
The NADEC is here to help!

NADEC wants to partner with local DECs to help promote your DEC events to the broader DEC community!

Please send details of your events to so we can include your event on the NADEC website, in the NADEC newsletter, and on the NADEC social media.

If you need any assistance in putting together a DEC webinar, NADEC would be pleased to assist you with our NADEC Zoom platform and other technical assistance as needed.

NADEC WEBSITE INITIATIVE: NADEC would like every local DEC to have its own presence on the worldwide web! NADEC is providing 2 options to local DECs to develop a cost-effective website. Funding assistance is available. If your local DEC does not have a website and would like further information on this initiative, please contact Shawn Levsen, NADEC Chair or Urszula Wojciechowska, co-Chair, Communications Committee.

LinkedIn: In order to get the broadest exposure for NADEC's communications on social media, we encourage NADEC members and members of the local District Export Councils to include your membership on your LinkedIn profile to heighten the visibility of the faces of trade!
To Assist You:

The NADEC National Committee has prepared:

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.