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International Trade Update

International Trade Update Masthead

May 2006

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In this issue:

Strategic Alliances Help U.S. Firms Export
Partnerships between the Department of Commerce and the private sector are helping small and medium-sized companies to export. Here is a look at how one of these partnerships, with Federal Express, is working.


Softwood Lumber Agreement Signed with Canada
A contentious dispute with Canada came closer to ending on April 27 with the signing of a framework agreement in Washington, D.C.


Opening Up the Chinese Government Procurement Market
The World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement has opened opportunities for U.S. businesses in the 37 countries that have signed it. In April, China committed to begin the process of becoming the 38th country.


Short Takes: News from the International Trade Administration
A visit to India by Under Secretary Lavin, new publications on the market for medical devices and on electrical devices used worldwide, a new e-mail notification service that tracks technical regulations, and President Bush's proclamation of World Trade Week.


International Trade Calendar
Highlights of upcoming trade events.


International Trade Update is published monthly by the Office of Public Affairs of U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. A subscription service is available to receive notification by e-mail when new issues are published.

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