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Access Asia Program Promotes North Dakota Products Across the Globe
Post Date: Jul 13 2018

FARGO, N.D. – A team from the North Dakota Department of Commerce joined the North Dakota Trade Office and the U.S. Commercial Service during the Access Asia program in Fargo this week. Access Asia is a targeted outreach program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce which focuses on priority sectors and opportunities in the key trade deficit Asian countries of China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and India. 
The program included commercial officers from all areas of Asia who joined North Dakota ethanol, oil and gas producers and marketers in informational sessions and one-on-one meetings. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the North Dakota Ethanol Council also participated in the event.
“Programs like Access Asia help introduce North Dakota energy producers to US government representatives who are on the ground and ready to help in key markets,” Heather Ranck, Office Director and International Trade Specialist at U.S. Commercial Service said. “Our mission is to prepare U.S. companies to succeed in international markets and meetings such as this can lay the groundwork for key relationships that will eventually turn into sales.”

During the event attendees visited the Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton and the farm operations of Kevin Skunes, who serves as the president of the National Corn Growers Association.
“North Dakota has what the world needs: food products, energy and emerging technology,” North Dakota Trade Office Executive Director Simon Wilson said. “It’s easy to market something when you truly believe in it. North Dakota produces much more than we can ever use, and there are people out there who need North Dakota products.”
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Located across the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries, their global network of trade professionals connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking and advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.
The North Dakota Trade Office facilitates business between North Dakota’s global companies and international customers through programs and services including the annual Big Iron Farm Show’s International Visitors Program.
More information is available through the U.S. Commercial Service office in Fargo at www.export.gov/northdakota
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