District Export Councils Seek New Members

The International Trade Administration is accepting through Aug. 10 nominations of individuals to serve as members of one of the 61 district export councils nationwide.

DECs are closely affiliated with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and play a key role in the planning and coordination of export activities in their communities. They facilitate the development of effective local export assistance networks, support the expansion of export opportunities for local U.S. companies, serve as a communication link between the business community and US&FCS, and assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources.

Appointment to a DEC is based on an individual’s international trade leadership in the local community, ability to influence the local environment for exporting, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to DEC activities. Members include exporters, export service providers, and others whose profession supports U.S. export promotion efforts. DEC membership is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. as well as representatives of local and state governments, but federal government employees or individuals representing foreign governments are not eligible. DEC members must reside or conduct the majority of their work in the territory that the DEC covers.

Fish Import Ban Rejected

The Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service has rejected a petition that sought an emergency ban on imports of all fish and fish products caught in set nets or trawls inside the range of the Māui dolphin and from the west coast of New Zealand's North Island and the Cook Strait unless such products were affirmatively identified as having been caught (a) with a gear type other than set nets or trawls or (b) outside the Māui dolphin's range. NMFS explains that New Zealand is implementing a regulatory program comparable in effectiveness to that of the U.S. and is proposing additional regulatory measures to address the risks identified in the petition.

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