There are four Texas District Export Councils in Texas, all under a nationwide network of DECs which make a significant contribution to America's international competitiveness. It is a diverse group of volunteer international trade professionals who meet for plenary sessions addressing international issues and awareness. Members are exporters of manufactured products and services, providers of export support services (accounting, finance, legal, transportation, etc.) academia, and leaders of non-profit organizations of state and local government. The majority are from the private sector and their knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice to exporters and to the entire international trade community in Texas, one of the nation's leading exporting states.
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The Basic Guide to Exporting, created by the U.S. Department of Commerce addresses the various issues related to doing business internationally. Read more about it...
For the 13th year in a row Texas once again leads the U.S. as the number one exporting state. For more information, please see the below press release.
One of the important factors that is crucial to Texas exports is trade agreements. These agreements level the playing field for Texas exporters by reducing or outright eliminating foreign tariffs and non-tariff trade barriers. A number of important trade agreements are currently being negotiated by the U.S. Trade Representative's Office including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TSA), among others. There is also a critical piece of legislation pending before Congress that will provide the executive branch with Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to more efficiently negotiate trade agreements. TPA is something that all recent administrations have had and is a bi-partisan tool that has been used by various Presidents for over 50 years to negotiate trade agreements. TPA has not been in effect for the last seven years and its renewal is vital for ensuring that new trade agreements will be enacted that will benefit Texas exporters.
The National DEC International Trade Symposium, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on November 8, 2013, featured various topics on international trade policy, including a panel discussion on export control reform in which Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf participated. Seated next to A/S Wolf are two members of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, Beth Ann Johnson and Roy Paulson, the National DEC Chair, who participated on the panel as well. Also pictured is Daniel Ogden, North Texas DEC member and Chair Emeritus of the National DEC.
The Houston DEC had a great outreach event on August 20, 2013, featuring Congressman Pete Olson as our speaker. The Congressman spoke on the importance of exports and trade for the Houston region. With $110 billion in exports, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area became the largest export market in the U.S. in 2012 (http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreports/Houston.pdf). Texas was once again the top exporting state in 2012, making it the 11th year in a row.
The North Texas District Export Council announced on April 30, 2013, that it entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai World Central. The signing ceremony for the MOU was held at the North Texas USEAC office. The representatives of the NTDEC included Radi Al-Rashed, NTDEC Chair Emeritus and Secretary; Karen Hart, NTDEC Chair; Daniel Ogden, National DEC Chair; and Dan Swart, NTDEC Executive Secretary. The delegation from Dubai representing Dubai World Central consisted of Mohammad Al Falasi, DWC Sales Manager; and Ahmed Yasin, DWC Business Development Director.
Left to right: Daniel Ogden, National DEC Chair; Dan Swart, North Texas USEAC Director; Mohammad Al Falasi, DWC Sales Manager; Karen Hart, North Texas DEC Chair; Ahmed Yasin, DWC Business Development Director; and Radi Al-Rashed, North Texas DEC Chair Emeritus and Secretary
On February 28, 2013, National DEC Chair and North Texas DEC member, Daniel Ogden, testified before Congress during a hearing of the House Small Business Trade Subcommittee on the development by the 113th Congress of a small business trade agenda. To watch the hearing, click video. To read Mr. Ogden's written testimony, click testimony.
For more information on the hearing, click hearing.
Current Chair, Shawn Levsen presented a certificate of appreciate to Doug Woodul, past chair in recognition for his two year services as Chair and Winner of DEC of the year.
On October 16th, 2012, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, presented the Texas Camino Real District Export Council (DEC), the 2012 DEC of the Year award. Douglas Woodul, Chair of the DEC, accepted the award on behalf of the DEC at the 2012 National DEC Forum in Washington, D.C.