December 2017

Happiest Holidays!

As we reflect on 2017, we are thankful for our clients, key partners and friends, whom we value so highly. We are very fortunate to work with companies every day that are committed to expanding international trade, including several 2017 recipients of export honors among our client base, such as the U.S Department of Commerce's E award winners, Ex-Im Bank's Exporter of the year, Metro Chicago Export's Pitch Competition finalists and grantees, STEP grant awardees, and various State and SBA Export winners. Congratulations to all of you!

We at Trade Acceptance Group wish you a very peaceful holiday season and continued success in 2018! We look forward to assisting you next year and, as such, we are devoting this newsletter edition to highlighting resources available to grow your export business, while keeping in mind the risks associated with trade.

Finally, on another merry note, we are very excited to announce the newest member of the TAG team, Aria Elena Anderson! Mason become a new father this month! Congratulations to Mason and his family!

The TAG Team
Curt, Leslie, Bruce, Jackie and Mason

U. S. Department of Commerce Export Promotion Services

Whether you are new to exporting or an experienced exporter, we encourage you to take advantage of Commerce's export services. The International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce is the export market development agency of the U.S. government. Their mission is to expand export opportunities for U.S. products. The services they provide range from market research, identifying and evaluating potential trade partners, to arranging meetings overseas with buyers and promoting American brands at international trade shows. These services are provided through their network of domestic and international trade offices. A description of all of their offerings can be found at export.gov, along with the current user fees. To learn more about how the International Trade Administration can assist you, please contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center.



Are you interested in being more strategic about your export business? ExporTech is an intensive training program that assists 4-8 companies at a time in developing an export plan. TAG has served as a partner of ExporTech in the Midwest since its beginning in 2007, advising companies on Ex-Im Bank programs and international payment risk mitigation. The program founders developed ExporTech because they knew manufacturers could not rely solely on domestic sales for growth. If you think your company could benefit by participating in ExporTech, please contact us and we will connect you to your local ExporTech organization. For more information on ExporTech, click here.

Country and Economic Risk Evaluation Tools

As you research foreign markets for export potential, be mindful of the risks of doing business in each targeted country. We advise our clients to refer to the credit insurance companies' risk maps, Ex-Im Bank's Country Limitation Schedule (CLS), and the U.S. Embassies' Country Commercial Guides to determine their foreign credit policy in challenging markets. Atradius' most recent risk map is explained in detail here, and a copy of the most current (October 2017) Ex-Im Bank CLS can be found here. Also please refer to the credit insurance companies' country and economic risk updates included in this issue.


Domestic Trade Credit Insurance

Are you concerned about large concentrations with your domestic trading partners or your exposure to the retail industry? These are just a few reasons why companies protect their balance sheet by insuring domestic receivables. As a specialty broker of both domestic and foreign trade credit insurance, we can canvass the private trade credit insurance options to find the best coverage for you. Or, we can explore the accounts receivable put market for more challenging credits. Please contact us if you have any questions about mitigating your domestic trade risk.


Ex-Im Bank Board Update

The latest news is a Senate Banking Committee hearing has been scheduled for December 19th to vote on the nominations for Ex-Im Bank's Board of Directors, including the chairman nominee, Scott Garrett. As way of background, a quorum on the Bank's board has not existed since the bank was reauthorized in December of 2015. The lack of a quorum has prevented the board from approving transactions in excess of $10 million. Also, the bank has been operating without a chairman since Fred Hochberg stepped down in January of 2017. Hopefully, some progress will be made next week, as there are $30+ billion in deals stuck in the pipeline waiting for action. Thankfully, this pending action does not affect Ex-Im Bank's current authorization through September 30, 2019, nor its ability to do smaller deals. The bank continues to approve small business transactions on a daily basis. Stay tuned...


As always, we value our relationship with you. If we can be of assistance in any way, please let us know.

Kind Regards,

The TAG Team

Curt, Leslie, Bruce, Jackie and Mason

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