Plantation, FL – July 9, 2013: Business owners in St. Paul, MN; Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA will gain a competitive edge when they learn vital information about the benefits and opportunities of exporting – thanks to a series of upcoming seminars hosted by DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The local events will feature discussions and a Q&A session with an elite panel of experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Embassy in Australia and DHL Express. A special focus includes the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which significantly improves the attractiveness of both countries as a destination for investment, growth and opportunities. Attendees will also learn how to qualify their goods and benefit from duty-free shipping, enter new markets and understand how exporting can boost sales.

“Through our ongoing relationship with the Department of Commerce and the cooperation of our local partners, we are excited to provide valuable information and our unique global perspective to help local companies interested in growing their business through exporting,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express. “There is strong evidence that going global generates lucrative growth opportunities, and that enterprises engaged in international trade are reaping the benefits.” 

The opportunity for U.S. businesses to export has never been greater with the U.S. Government’s National Export Initiative – which works to remove trade barriers abroad, helps firms overcome hurdles of entering new markets and assists with financing. Additionally, a recent study conducted by IHS and DHL Express has shown that small-and medium-size enterprises engaged in international markets are twice as likely to be successful as those that only operate domestically. Last year, the U.S. exported $31.2 billion[1] worth of goods to Australia, which is up 13.3 percent from 2011 and makes Australia the 11th largest export market for the U.S. 

“The United States is a strong ally and a top investment partner for Australia. Our trade continues to increase, and we are proud that imports of U.S.-made equipment are helping to power Australia’s manufacturing, resources and agricultural sectors,” said Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia. “Our work in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and in negotiations for a TransPacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement promises to produce real and tangible benefits for our economic relationships together and with the Asia-Pacific region.” 

The seminars are part of a larger DHL Express program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce and partners like the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that connect small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMEs) with experts in regulatory and Customs compliance, as well as companies with similar interests. At these special events, programs, seminars and webinars, experts will discuss the best practices for U.S. exporters interested in expanding their business abroad.

Dates and locations for the upcoming seminars are:
• St. Paul: Friday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce Center, 401 North Robert Street, Suite 150, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Click here for registration.
• Boston: Tuesday, July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Brandeis University International Business School, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02454. Click here for registration. 
• Atlanta: Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Metro Atlanta Chamber, 235 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Click here for registration.

To register for any session by phone, call (859) 817- 8370.