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Smart Growth Trade Mission to China Set for April 2015

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The departments of Commerce and Energy are conducting a joint smart cities – smart growth business development mission to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, China, with an optional stop in Hong Kong, on April 12-17, 2015. This mission seeks to promote U.S. exports of products and services such as green buildings, building energy retrofitting, building management, green data centers, carbon capture, utilization and storage, energy efficiency technologies, clean air and clean water technologies, waste treatment technologies, smart grid and green transportation.

The delegation for this mission will be composed of senior executives from 20-25 U.S. firms representing the mission’s target sectors. U.S. companies doing business in China, as well as those seeking to enter this market for the first time, may apply.

Each applicant must sign and submit no later than Jan. 23 a completed application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on its products and/or services, primary market objectives and goals for participation. Each applicant must also:

- identify whether the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the U.S. or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 percent U.S. content (if U.S. content does not exceed 50 percent, especially where the applicant intends to pursue investment in major project opportunities, the following factors may be considered: U.S. materials and equipment content; U.S. labor content; contribution to the U.S. technology base; including conduct of research and development in the U.S.; repatriation of profits to the U.S. economy; and potential for follow-on business that would benefit the U.S. economy);

- certify that the export of the products and services that it wishes to export through the mission would be in compliance with U.S. export controls and regulations;

- certify that it has identified to the DOC any business matter pending before any bureau or office in the departments of Commerce or Energy;

- certify that it has identified any pending litigation (including any administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that involves the departments of Commerce or Energy; and

- certify that it and its affiliates (1) have not and will not engage in the bribery of foreign officials in connection with a company’s/participant’s involvement in this mission, and (2) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the bribery of foreign officials.

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