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DECSC is very active within the Southern California Export community and welcomes requests to participate in Export-related events. If you wish to be considered in having DECSC participate in your Export-related event please Contact Us and provide as much information as possible about your organization and scheduled event.


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February 28, 2017 | 9:00am – 11:00am | LA Area Chamber of Commerce

- Interested in selling your product to 200 million new potential customers?

- Concerned the complexities of Brazil’s regulatory environment will hinder your product or technology from entering the world’s 9th-largest economy?

Invitation: Join the U.S. Commercial Service for an event featuring Brazilian accredited certification body Master Compliance (MC) as they demystify the intricacies of regulatory compliance in Brazil. We invite regulatory compliance managers, product development engineers, marketing and sales executives, and others interested.

Industries: Telecommunication, LED lamps, household appliances, IoT devices, UAVs/drones and HVAC. Any company with a product utilizing RFID technology, remote controls, and Bluetooth cannot miss this session.

One-on-One: Please indicate an interest and we will schedule an individualized consultation with MC’s experts from Feb 28 to Mar 3.

About Company: MC is a Brazilian accredited certification body with over ten years’ experience working with international companies to achieve compliance with the regulatory requirements of Brazil’s Anatel and Inmetro.

Cost per person: $40

For questions, contact any of the following individuals:

Eric Olson
U.S. Commercial Service
West LA, CA
Tel: 213.200.7172

TO REGISTER, Click Here!


MARCH 2017

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THE LA HOTEL Downtown, March 27 & 28, 2017, Los Angeles

Taking L.A. to the World: Growing Your Business Through Exports

The U.S. Commercial Service and the USC Marshall School of Business have been working together on the Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) since 1988 to help exporters and investors expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region.

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, new uncertainties in trade and foreign policies will have an impact on Asia/Pacific business environments. In the upcoming months, as the administration defines its policies, businesses will be able to learn first-hand from the 50 business experts at APBO so they can strategically maneuver their organizations to meet the new challenges and opportunities in the constantly changing economies of Asia.

APBO is a comprehensive networking and learning experience designed to provide business leaders with:

- Industry and government contacts
- Up-to-date information about business environments in 17 economie
- Conference attracts over 300 American business executives
- Private one-on-one appointments with Senior Commercial Officers from American Embassies and Consulates in 17 economies.

Countries Available for One-on-Ones Appointments

Australia | Cambodia | China | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan

Korea | Malaysia | Mexico | Myanmar (Burma) | New Zealand

Philippines | Singapore | Taiwan | Thailand | Vietnam

*US Commercial Service Referral Code: USCS2017
(Please be sure to submit this code when registering.)

APBO has sold out in recent years. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Comments from previous participants:

"APBO far exceeded my expectations. The value of the conference is unsurpassed. I secured more valuable contacts in two days at APBO than I could have in years any other way."

"This event is the most educational and well organized event I have attended. As a small business it is nice to know that there is help dealing with such a big world."

"I can't imagine a better collective of international business experts available in a concise yet thorough conference. A definite 'must' for companies seeking to do business abroad."

For questions, contact any of the following individuals:

Eric Olson
U.S. Commercial Service
West LA, CA
Tel: 213.200.7172

Erica Ramirez
U.S. Commercial Service
Irvine, CA
Tel: 909-208-4613

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APRIL 2017


City of Garden Grove Community Center, April 5, 2017, Garden Grove, CA 92840

What is Trade Connect Introductory Workshop?

Trade Connect Export Workshops cover the fundamentals of exporting, including costs, risks and steps. In cooperation with other agencies and professional associations, this introductory program presents a summary of services which also includes the basics of the commercial transaction, finding overseas markets, trade financing, documentation and logistics.

Who should attend?

- All those interested in learning about the export process, including Manufacturers, Suppliers, Intermediaries, Service Providers

- Prospective new exporters and entrepreneurs

- Export ready companies looking to expand their international business operations


- How to Export
- Identify Markets
- Financing & Insuring Overseas Sales
- Documentation & Logistics
- Sea & Air Cargo Services
- Services of CITD
- Services of SBDC

CONTACT: Jean Coronel at

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MAY 2017


May 3-4, 2017 - Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); when you can export or reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; and real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

The workshop will explain:

- The scope of the Export Administration Regulations.
- How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product.
- When you may export without applying for a license.
- What an Export Management Compliance Program (“EMCP”) is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities.


About the Instructors
The instructors are experienced export policy specialists, and enforcement personnel from BIS's field offices. The instructors will be available throughout the seminar to answer your questions.

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel:(714) 540-7000

The Hilton is offering a special rate of $169 per night until April 17, 2017 to seminar attendees. Booking details will be provided once registration is complete.

The registration fee is $450 per person. The fee includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, a luncheon both full days and conference materials. The registration fee is not refundable after April 17, 2017. REGISTER NOW

For registration information, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Assistance Center at: (949) 660-1688, or email.

For more information or questions on the topics to be covered, please call BIS's Western Regional Office at (408) 998-8806 or email.

The BIS Western Regional Office is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This course is worth 12 hours of MCLE credit. However 0 hours will apply to legal ethics/law practice management; prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional distress; and elimination of bias.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If special arrangements are required for a disabled individual to attend any of these programs, please notify the contact person at least one week prior to the program.

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