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Welcome to the new National DEC Web Site!

The National DEC has a new web site! The changes we have made will make it easier for you to find the information you need about us and our activities including our members, committees, events, and other important information. We will also include a listing of local DEC events from around the country and a myriad of links to other trade information resources. Take a moment to look around and explore our web site, including our About page if you are a first time visitor. You can also click on the DEC Locator to find the District Export Council in your area. The mission of the National DEC includes Working for America's Exporters. Our web site is a critical part of that mission.

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Boehner Squeezed by Home-State Exporters Over Ex-Im Bank

By Laura Litvan and Brian Wingfield
Bloomberg News
Published: July 23, 2014 10:43 AM
 
House Speaker John Boehner is getting pressure to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank from a lobby that’s hard to ignore: manufacturers in and around his southwestern Ohio district that rely on the bank to finance overseas sales. About 200 Ohio companies have been urged to contact Boehner, and a General Electric Co. (GE) aviation subsidiary with 1,000 employees living in his district is lobbying him, all pushing him to oppose members of his party who want to shut the bank when its charter expires Sept. 30.
 
“We think it’s an issue that deserves to be voted on, and the efforts to block it are very disturbing to us,” said Thomas Norwalk, vice chairman of the Southern Ohio District Export Council in Dayton, which is coordinating a last-ditch letter-writing campaign to Boehner from small exporters.

The Congress has 17 scheduled work days before the bank’s lending ability runs out.
 
The Republican speaker has supported the bank in the past and hasn’t committed either way this year, even as other top Republicans including Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy of California have joined the effort to end it. If a compromise is struck to save the bank, Boehner’s support will be necessary to guide it through the chamber.
 

DEC Member Speaks Out Regarding U.S. Export-Import Bank

Critics Wrong that Ex-Im Bank Only Benefits Big Companies
 
By David Ickert
The Dallas Morning News
Published: June 8, 2014
 
The Dallas Morning News recently editorialized about the increasingly fierce debate about the Export-Import Bank, which encourages U.S. exports by facilitating financing for foreign buyers of American-made products. The fight against the bank has been focused on big companies, and among those leading the charge is Dallas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is making headlines by working to eliminate one of the nation’s most productive tools for generating exports.
 
The conflict as cast misses the point: Critics of the Ex-Im Bank who suggest it benefits only large corporations are just flat-out wrong. Our company, Air Tractor, has manufactured agriculture aircraft in the West Texas town of Olney for more than 40 years, and we export our products to scores of countries on six continents. The Ex-Im Bank is critical to our business and our ability to create and sustain jobs. Air Tractor is owned by its 265 employees, who would suffer dramatically if Congress fails to re-authorize the Ex-Im Bank.
 
Air Tractor is one of more than 1,000 companies of all sizes in Texas that benefit from the Ex-Im Bank, which bolsters domestic exports without costing taxpayers a dime. Last year the bank set a new record by approving more than 3,400 small business transactions, which amounted to 90 percent of the bank’s total transactions.
 

North Texas DEC Member is Presented the President's E Star Award


North Texas DEC Member Nate Muncaster, on behalf of Polyguard Products, was presented the President's E Star Award by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. This award was given to Polyguard Products in recognition of its noteworthy export promotion efforts. E Star Awards are only given to previous recipients of the President's E Award and E Star Award applicants must show at least four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award. For more information on the E Star Award, please visit export.gov/exportawards.

California DECs Meet in Sacramento


Members of the four California DECs recently met in Sacramento on May 20, 2014, to welcome Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair, for several international trade-related activities and events.​ Attendees included National DEC Member Susanne Stirling, National DEC Associate Member Deep SenGupta, Northern Califonia DEC Chair Janice Cooper, Southern California DEC Vice Chair Donald Sovie, San Diego/Imperial Valley DEC Chair Bo Reed, and California Inland Empire DEC Chair Rick Gibbs

Reagan’s Ex-Im Bank Reforms Still Paying Dividends: The Lender That Reaped $1 billion in 2013 Deserves Reauthorization

The Washington Times
By George Allen
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Source- http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/22/allen-reagans-ex-im-bank...
 
President Reagan was one of our country’s greatest leaders because he valued fair opportunities for the American people over political manipulations that waste taxpayer money.
 
The “Great Communicator” listened and connected with Americans and then acted in the best interest of our nation. This is why Reagan and presidents from both parties have shown strong support for the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. The Ex-Im Bank’s charter has been reauthorized every term since its inception in 1934.
 
However, I won’t claim that the Ex-Im Bank has always been a flawless federal agency. In fact, Reagan was a scrutinizing supporter. From the start, he called for major reforms and instilled discipline and budget transparency. Limits were imposed upon the Ex-Im Bank, and subsidies were significantly cut. Those changes have helped to make the Ex-Im Bank self-sustaining today. The Ex-Im Bank not only does not receive or need taxpayer subsidies, but it also turned a $1 billion profit in 2013.
 
Working with Congress, Reagan fought for structural changes that eventually made the Ex-Im Bank a stronger and more fiscally sound institution. Years later, he reaffirmed his support for its mission to help American workers and families, small businesses and manufacturers and taxpayers, while growing and strengthening the U.S. economy.
 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Thanks DECs and Discusses NEI/Next

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, recently commended the District Export Councils for their partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and for the role they are playing in increasing U.S. exports. As the Secretary notes, "DEC members embody the spirit of civic engagement", and that the Department of Commerce, in its efforts to increase U.S. exports, "can rely on the support of a trusted and valued group of private sector leaders such as the DEC members."  To read the letter, click letter
 
Additionally, the Secretary also recently discussed the launch of the NEI/Next Initiative. To watch a video of her discussion, click video.

National DEC Members Meet With Congressional TPP Caucus


In conjunction with the National DEC Legislative Summit held in Washington, D.C. on April 27-28, National DEC members had the opportunity to meet with the congressional Trans-Pacific Partnership Caucus to discuss the potential impact of the TPP on their business. Pictured are National DEC members Roy Paulson, President of Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer and exporter of personal safety equipment; Richard Grana, President of Impex, a provider of export management services to conveyor accessories and bulk material equipment manufacturers; and Philip Pittsford, International Sales Manager of NOW International, a manufacturer and exporter of dietary supplement products.

First Ever Southwest DEC Regional Forum Held in San Antonio

For the first time ever, the District Export Councils of the Southwest Region held a DEC Regional Forum on April 30 in San Antonio, Texas. The Forum was held just prior to the DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS conference being held the following two days. The DECs represented included the Arizona, Camino Real, Houston. Louisiana, North Texas, Rocky Mountain and West Texas DECs. Over 60 DEC members and U.S. Commercial Service personnel were in attendance. The day-long Forum focused on DEC Best Practices as panelists from various DECs shared the successes and challenges their DECs have enjoyed and faced. Following the Best Practices panels, the Southwest Region DECs hosted a reception that included attendees from the DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS San Antonio conference. This Regional DEC Forum will provide a template for future Regional DEC Forums in 2014 that will be held in conjunction with upcoming DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS events.
 

DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS San Antonio a Success


The DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS conferences being held by the U.S. Commercial Service in 2014 have begun with a bang. The first such event, DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS San Antonio, held on May 1-2, brought together U.S. businesses looking to export to and do business in the Middle East, Africa and India, and U.S. foreign commercial service officers stationed in countries within these regions. The event provided critical knowledge and insights on how U.S. firms can be successful in exploiting the commercial opportunities existing within these regions. While certainly not without risks, the possibilities for success in these regions were embraced by the conference participants as U.S. foreign commercial service officers were kept busy with one-on-one appointments with firms pursuing information regarding these opportunities. The remaining DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS conferences being held in 2014 promise as well to be a boon for U.S. business seeking to learn about prospects for successfully entering a wide variety of foreign markets that will be covered by these events.

Unilateral Disarmament in Trade?

The Hill
By Myron Brilliant
Published: April 24, 2014
 
 
Two years ago this spring, large bipartisan majorities in Congress approved legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), which is hosting its annual conference beginning today. But time flies, and Ex-Im’s charter will expire in just over five months.
 
While some critics are seeking to re-open the debate over the bank, the facts show Ex-Im continues to play a critical role helping American companies compete in global markets.
 
Last year, Ex-Im supported export sales that sustained more than 200,000 American jobs at 3,400 companies. Ex-Im is especially important to small- and medium-sized businesses, which account for more than 85 percent of the bank’s transactions. Tens of thousands of smaller companies that supply goods and services to large exporters also benefit from Ex-Im’s activities.
 
Unilateral disarmament is rarely a good idea, but this is precisely what these critics are seeking in their effort to eliminate Ex-Im.
 
Take a quick survey of trade finance around the globe. Ex-Im is one of at least 60 official export credit agencies (ECAs) worldwide. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that these ECAs have extended more than $1 trillion in trade finance in recent years.
 

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