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South Africa – Your Next International Connection?

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) South Africa is one of those countries that you often hear about how well it’s doing.  Despite its geography and history, modern South Africa has defied the stereotype of perpetual poverty that many other Sub-Saharan nations face, and has consistently grown into a minor world power.  All of this growth surely suggests that western businesses are flocking to Johannesburg in droves to develop this new market, right? Oddly enough, no.  Such is one of the paradoxes of South Africa: despite lots of positive press about its stable growth, there are not many western companies that have brought their operations into South Africa.  Perhaps it’s a result […]

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Japanese Business Etiquette – Business Cards

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) For many westerners, Japan can seem like one of the most frustrating countries in the world to do business with.  The culture of consensus and harmony is almost directly opposite to the individual-focused west, which leads to conflict as Japanese companies can be seen as insular and unwilling to cooperate with outsiders.  Of course, at the same time, Japan is a world economic power and has an incredibly lucrative consumer base, making it a country that looks extremely desirable for international clients.  These conflicting frustrations and desires pose the question: what’s a western business to do? Contrary to popular belief, westerners can be successful in the […]

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U.S. Trade Mission in the Caribbean

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) Just this morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its intent to organize a trade mission to the Caribbean to encourage companies from both regions to do business with each other.  This is a golden opportunity for anyone who would like to grow their business abroad: the Caribbean is a very dynamic region with untapped markets, and a U.S. trade mission can give your company the direct contacts that it needs to be successful there.  Included in the mission is participation in the Trade Americas – Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference, one-on-one consultations with trade representatives from various Caribbean countries, and even specific in-country, on-site […]

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Interested in foreign direct investment in Mexico? Check out the online site selection Tool at ProMexico.

Whether you are looking to set up a new Greenfield plant or enter into a joint venture, if you are interested in evaluating and ranking potential site selection locations in Mexico, I would highly recommend checking out the site selection tool at ProMexico, a government run trade and investment promotion agency (www.promexico.gob.mx). The site selection tool at ProMexico is very user-friendly. Through the use of an online selection module, you will have the option of assigning a weight based on the importance that you wish to give to a wide range of variables including macroeconomic and productivity indicators as well as statistics related to infrastructure, port/rail/air service, quality of life […]

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Expand Your Presence in Mexico with a TSI Global Consulting/Casa San Antonio Trade Mission

Many years ago, I realized that as a resident company of San Antonio, Texas TSI Global Consulting had ready access to the wide range of services offered by our City’s trade development offices in Mexico. Known as the “Casa San Antonio” program, these offices which are under the auspicies of the City of San Antonio, International Affairs Division provide a wide range of services to local companies wishing to explore and develop business opportunities in Mexico. Services offered range from preparing customized lists of potential partners to arranging 2-3 day customized trade missions. Several years ago, while working with a client in the hardware industry, I formally partnered with “Casa […]

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License Exception for Donating Personal Computers and Related Software to Cuba

Did you know that under the Export Administration Regulations Part 740.19 there is a license exception CCD–Consumer Communication Devices which can be used to export donated personal computers and related software to private citizens and non-governmental private sector organizations in Cuba? For more information on specific conditions that apply contact TSI Global Consulting.

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TRADE ALERT: New Regulations for the Unverified List

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) Effective January 21 of this year, new trade restrictions will be implemented by the U.S. government against those on the Department of Commerce’s Unverified List.  The Unverified List is a list of foreign companies that were involved in transactions with American companies in the past but could not have their existence verified by the U.S. government.  The purpose of this list was to set up a “red flag” to encourage thorough background research by U.S. exporters to verify compliance.  However, the “red flag” merely served as a warning for exporters to use caution. Citing concerns that the current list is too lax and the potential consequences […]

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How Much Do You Know About Embargoed Countries? Part 4

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) The last country that this blog series will focus on is Cuba. This tiny island nation has had a tumultuous history after its independence from Spain, consisting of multiple U.S. occupations and dictatorships all the way up until the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The revolution ended with the expulsion of the regime of pro-U.S. dictator Fulgencio Batista, with left-leaning revolutionary leader Fidel Castro rising to fill the vacuum in his place. Once in power, Castro, a fierce critic of the U.S., began to gravitate towards the Soviet Union and to a Communist government. Of course, since the Cold War was at its height, the U.S. was afraid […]

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How Much Do You Know About Embargoed Countries? Part 3

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) The Islamic Republic of Iran has seen a lot of attention lately.  The recent election of moderate Hassan Rouhani to the Iranian presidency surprised the world, and his conciliatory gestures towards the West appeared to mark a shift in Tehran’s traditional approach towards the international community.  However, at the same time, ongoing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and participation in the Syrian Civil War have provided less desirable attention.  While negotiations have been restarted under Rouhani’s administration, both the West and Iran remain apprehensive as to the geopolitical consequences that may result if their side does not get what they want out of a potential nuclear […]

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How Much Do You Know About Embargoed Countries? Part 2

By Michael Jones (michael.jones@tsiglobalconsulting.com) One country that can be confusing to deal with for those in the exporting business is Libya.  Under the dictatorial regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the U.S. classified the country as a “state sponsor of terrorism”: a label which led to the U.S. creating an embargo against Libya which would be enforced, with varying degrees of intensity, throughout his regime.  However, U.S. policy would change drastically after the 2011 Libyan Civil War.  With Gaddafi and his supporters gone and along with them, the main reason for antagonism in the first place, the U.S. began to form a partnership with Libya’s new civilian government.  Since this former […]

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