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APRIL 2016

Biltmore Hotel, April 18-19, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Now in its 29th year, the Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO), hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets. This conference has helped U.S. exporters take advantage of tremendous opportunities and overcome challenges in the constant changing economies of Asia, and has become the premier U.S. commercial trade event focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide business leaders with the contacts and the latest valuable information, all focused, organized and distilled into two invaluable days.

APBO brings the experts closer to you. The conference provides a unique mixture of over 50 leading academic, business and government experts to advise a diverse audience of American firms on how to become more competitive in the dynamic Asia-Pacific marketplace. APBO also features the very rare opportunity for U.S. exporters to engage in one-on-one appointments with Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) from American embassies, consulates and institutes at one venue. Throughout the event, the SCOs will also speak in small-group workshops and provide market entry advice to the audience.

At APBO, access and meet SCOs from the following 18 Asia-Pacific Markets: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Seating is limited, register today to reserve your spot!

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MAY 2016

Complying with U.S. Export Controls
Wednesday, May 06, 2016 8:30 AM - Thursday, May 07, 2016 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

The workshop will explain:

The scope of the Export Administration Regulations.
How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product.
When you may export without applying for a license.
What an Export Management Compliance Program (“EMCP”) is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities.
What the Enhanced Proliferation Control Initiative is, and how it affects you.

About the Instructors
The instructors are experienced export policy specialists, and enforcement personnel from BIS's field offices. The instructors will be available throughout the seminar to answer your questions.

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel:(714) 540-7000

The Hilton is offering a special rate of $159 per night until April 18, 2016 to seminar attendees. Booking details will be provided once registration is complete.

The registration fee is $450 per person. The fee includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, a luncheon both full days and conference materials. The registration fee is not refundable after April 16, 2016. REGISTER NOW

For registration information, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Assistance Center at: (949) 660-1688, or email.

For more information or questions on the topics to be covered, please call BIS's Western Regional Office at (949) 660-0144 or email.

The Western Regional Office of the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This course is worth 12 hours of MCLE credit. However 0 hours will apply to legal ethics/law practice management; prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional distress; and elimination of bias.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If special arrangements are required for a disabled individual to attend any of these programs, please notify the contact person at least one week prior to the program.

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MAY 2016

China eCommerce BOOT CAMP
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 9am to 4pm - New York City
Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 9am to 4pm - Los Angeles

The China eCommerce Boot Camp is a one-day training event designed to provide US SME brand owners with the opportunity to practically learn about eCommerce in China. The goal of the program is to develop an initial draft of a China eCommerce strategy.
Seating is limited, start the registration process immediately to secure your spot!

New York City: UPS (643 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036)
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017)

$300 per attendee, $75 fee for additional participant from same company (2 max per company)

The Chinese eCommerce market is the largest in the world and is predicted to top 1 trillion yuan in 2017. Just this year, Alibaba's Double 11 Shopping Festival grew by 60%, to over 90 billion yuan. The eCommerce market in China is growing fast and becoming much more competitive. Going forward, brands will have to be innovative and exciting to cut through the noise.

But, it isn't just B2C companies that have to start paying attention. Much of the course will focus on how to maximize your presence on other digital channels in China, like Baidu and WeChat - China's B2B marketing hotspots.

The objective of this course is to understand how to maximize your Chinese eCommerce by understanding the market, its local players, Chinese Netizens' user behavior, how to manage your eCommerce operations in China, and best practices for your digital strategy.

Beginning with the broad topics and narrowing throughout the day to focus on tactics and strategy building, this training is a great place to get an overview of everything eCommerce-related that you should know or to ask questions related to how your industry should function online.

- Market insights
- Digital landscape
- eMarketplace in China
- Case studies
- China eCommerce platforms
- Content & social marketing
- eCommerce strategies

Cyril Drouin - Chief eCommerce Officer, Greater China - Saatchi & Saatchi.
Cyril Drouin is based in the Shanghai Office of Saatchi & Saatchi, but he travels extensively for business, lectures, and trainings. Cyril has lived in China since 1998 and in 2003 founded BysoftChina, an eCommerce and digital agency focusing on the Chinese market. As its CEO and Senior eCommerce Consultant, Cyril, over the more than 10 years since its inception, helped BysoftChina to grow into a leading agency, with clients extending from SMEs to multinationals.

- China-ready brand owners (registered trademarks)
- Over $2 million in revenue
- Preferred categories are cosmetics/toiletries, apparel and accessories, food, baby care, health supplements (other categories are welcome but should be viable for the Chinese market)

New York: Ashish Vaid at
Los Angeles: Terri Batch at


MAY 2016

WEBINAR: Connect Your Small Business to the Global Marketplace
Thu, May 12, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

This webinar will feature a joint presentation with the GO-Biz International Unit and the District Export Council of Southern California. The DECSC will cover key basic issues businesses should consider when exporting including required documentation. The GO-Biz International Unit will provide information on export-related services, financing and programs offered by the state and federal government, including grants for trade/export promotion available under the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program for small businesses.


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Bureau of Industry & Security - BIS Export Regulations Course
August 03, 2016 - August 04, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA

This two-day program is led by the Bureau of Industry & Security's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities.

This workshop will explain:

- The Scope of the Export Administration Regulations
- How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product
- When you may export without applying for a license
- What an "Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP)" is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities
- What the Enhanced Proliferation Control Initiative is, and how it affects you

Date: August 3-4, 2016

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The registration fee is $450 per person. (Includes continental breakfasts, a luncheon both full days, and conference materials.

Registration Questions (310) 235-7220

Details program information

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Incoterms Webinar - A Comprehensive Review of Incoterms
Managing Risk During Shipping and Delivery of Goods

Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PST) - Cost: $45

When exporting there are risks associated with the shipment and delivery of goods to customers in markets around the world. Understanding how and at what point in the process these risks arise is key to managing and protecting your bottom line. This webinar focuses on your risk profile before, during and after the shipment occurs.

Additional topics covered include:

• Pre-shipment risk involved with warehousing
• Inspection
• Surface transport for example; port-of-exit risk such as storage and handling, loading, and payment terms
• International transportation risk including trans-shipment and diversion
• Intervening events
• Destination port risk such as off-loading
• Customs clearance.

Learn to:

• Manage risks with Incoterms
• Clarify the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under a sales contracts
• Identify which Incoterms are most appropriate for your company and products
• Use Incoterms correctly - to reduce misunderstandings, trade disputes and litigation

Featured Speaker: David J. Habib, Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Habib represents U.S. and foreign clients in connection with a wide range of commercial, real property and international trade related matters, International Commercial Arbitrations, and complex business litigation. He has been Chair of a California State Bar approved MCLE program on Legal Aspects of International Trade, an Instructor in International Trade & Risk Management for the University of California, Santa Barbara, Extension Program, and teaches Law for Business Executives in the MBA Management program at California Lutheran University.

What are Incoterms?
The term, Incoterms, is an abbreviation for International Commercial Terms. They are a set of rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts for domestic and international trade. They are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in international commercial transactions. The first Incoterms were issued in 1936. The most recent version of Incoterms, Incoterms 2010, were launched in September 2010 and became effective January 1, 2011.

What are Incoterms used for?
They apportion transportation costs and responsibilities associated with the delivery of goods between buyers (importers) and sellers (exporters) and reflect modern-day transportation practices. Incoterms significantly reduce misunderstandings among traders and thereby minimize trade disputes and litigation.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Taking L.A. to the World: Growing Your Business Through Exports


• Mayor Garcetti will deliver keynote remarks to launch his new export program: Taking L.A. to the World
• Business Leaders Roundtable & Panel Discussions
• How We Found Success – And You Can, Too
• How Exporting will Improve Your Bottom Line
• How to Develop Your Export Pricing & Finance Strategies
• How to Ship your Product and Goods


• Manufacturers and exporters seeking to grow their global market strategies


• Amb. Mickey Kantor, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
• Kevin Klowden, Executive Director California Center, Milken Institute
• Paul Duncan, Regional Director, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
• Jane Skeeter, CEO, UltraGlas, Inc.

Galen Center - Founders' Club
3400 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles CA 90089

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Grow Global - By American Express Grow Global
Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:00 am (PDT)

A program that brings global trade experts, exporting officials and business leaders together to help U.S. small and middle market companies expand globally.

Gain insights from successful exporters and top industry experts throughout the program and participate in “Global Connections,” where you’ll receive mentorship on a range of exporting topics from agents, distributors, government and industry officials, and business leaders who are successfully exporting their goods and services. Check out the agenda for more information on sessions taking place at the event.

Please note that event space is first come, first served and registration for American Express Grow Global is limited to U.S. small and middle market businesses with revenues between $1 million and $1 billion.

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
701 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90831
(562) 983-3400

Parking Information: $10 Self; $20 Valet



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