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...



Texas Surpasses California as Top Tech Exporter

By Dallas Morning News
Published: February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON–Texas is tops for tech exports, a new report says.
Companies in Texas making semiconductors, telecommunications devices, computers, and other items shipped more than $45 billion in products to other countries in 2012, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation, a lobbying and advocacy firm representing the technology industries. That’s a $3 billion rise from 2011.
Tech from Texas most often goes to Mexico– companies in the state shipped $22 billion south of the border in 2012. All that trade supported 331,000 jobs in Texas, the report said, also the most of any state. Texas has 22 percent of the nation’s technology manufacturing jobs.
“Texas is really happy to have this kind of emphasis put on its tech industry,” said Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, who appeared today at a news conference at the Capitol announcing the report with Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to be the No. 1 state in the country.”
This is the first year that Texas topped California in tech exports. California exports were worth $44.8 billion in 2012, down nearly 3 percent from the previous year.
Matthew Kazmierczak, vice president of the foundation, attributed the shift to rising manufacturing costs in California and Texas’ business-friendly atmosphere.
He said tech companies in California are focusing more on product design, in part because the state’s higher labor costs makes manufacturing less competitive.

DEC Members Feel the Cold Wind of the Current Chill in U.S.-Russian Relations

U.S. Exporters Feel Chill in Russia Orders
Published: March 23, 2014


Some U.S. exporters say they're already feeling the effects of the nation's confrontation with Russia as product orders from that country are suspended, pared back or halted.

“I'm feeling a cold freeze in our relationship with businesses in Russia,” says Roy Paulson, CEO of Paulson Manufacturing of Temecula, Calif.

Roy Paulson, CEO of Paulson Manufacturing in Temecula, Calif., exports his company's industrial face guards to customers in Russia. He is among the U.S. exporters watching closely the U.S. confrontation with Russia over Crimea. (Photo: Dan MacMedan USA TODAY)

He says the company, which makes protective face shields for industrial and public safety use, hasn't received a customer request for an order price from his distributor in Russia in several weeks. Normally, he says, he's juggling three or four such requests at a time.

Thus far, President Obama has placed limited sanctions on Russia in response to its incursion into Ukraine, blacklisting and freezing the assets of 20 high-level Russian officials. Obama has raised the possibility of more punishing sanctions against specific industries.

Camino Real DEC and U.S. Commercial Service Host DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Africa Middle East & India on May 1-2

Come to San Antonio, Texas on May 1-2 for customized market advice from U.S. commercial diplomats and receive customized counseling for your company! At DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Africa Middle East & India, your company will have unparalleled access to U.S. Commercial Diplomats representing markets throughout the regions encompassing Africa, the Middle East, and India. You will learn how the U.S. Commercial Service and its public and private sector partners help U.S. exporters identify and gain access to new export markets and opportunities; obtain the resources necessary to succeed in foreign markets; and leverage government contacts and resources to compete successfully. 

At DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS you will hear from commercial diplomats, industry experts, and fellow exporters during lively panel discussions and will have plenty of opportunities for networking. You will also learn about opportunities in these regions from the U.S. Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers working in the following countries:

Texas Once Again Leads the U.S. in Exports

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.

Fall 2013 Three Texas Camino Real DEC Export Fellows Programs

National DEC International Trade Symposium

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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.


DEC Outreach Event With Congressman Pete Olson (Representing the 22nd District of Texas)

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 (  Texas was once again the top exporting state in 2012, making it the 11th year in a row.

North Texas DEC Enters Into MOU With Dubai World Central

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

National DEC Chair testifies before U.S. Congress

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.

Past Chair Doug Woodul Recognized

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.


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