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APPA Member Benefits Unleashed: Assistance for the Global Marketplace
 
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American Pet Products Association, Inc.

255 Glenville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
Phone: 203.532.0000
Toll Free: 800.452.1225
Fax: 203.532.0551

APPA's Washington D.C. Office
1900 K Street NW, Ste 100
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.496.7888

 

APPA's Export / Import Services

APPA’s Export / Import Services Can Show You How To Expand Your Product into the Global Marketplace

Background
A key function of APPA is to help members succeed in today’s marketplace. Recognizing the importance of the world market, the APPA Board of Directors researched various methods of assisting member manufacturers in expanding their foreign trade. An important objective in developing this member benefit was that it be appropriate for every member, regardless of their size or level of expertise.

APPA’s Export Assistance Program, which was designed specifically for pet product manufacturers, has something for everyone. Experienced exporters and novices alike will be able to obtain both training and services to increase their company’s foreign trade.

Education 
APPA offers a sound educational program which affords members the opportunity to develop proficiencies in areas pertinent to their personal, professional and company development.  Trading overseas involves nuances that even the most experienced exporter or importer can have difficulty navigating.  Since the global trading arena for pet products is constantly changing it is imperative that you stay abreast of the compliance issues, legislation, and logistical strategies that affect it.   Tune in to APPA’s ongoing Export/Import Educational Series to learn more about a wide array of topics that can make or break your success in global trade.  New seminars are constantly being offered and transcripts and audio files from past seminars can be reviewed.  Click here for upcoming seminar schedule and to review past seminars.

 

 

Assessing Global Markets

Branded Program—Stretch Your International Marketing Dollars

The Branded Program is a cost-share service that assists small U.S. suppliers with promoting your brand name pet food products overseas. Once approved, participants receive a 50 percent cost reimbursement on eligible marketing and promotional activities such as:

·             Exhibiting fees at international tradeshows, as well as approved domestic tradeshows with international attendance (for first-time exhibitors only)

·             Advertising and public relations

·             Product demos and in-store promotions

·             Product literature and point-of-sale materials

·             Freight for samples

·             Package and label modifications (if necessary to meet foreign importing requirements)

Increasing Pet Food Exports…Increasing Your Bottom Line

Contact us to discuss how we can help you at info@foodexport.org or 312.334.9200.

Click here for more information on the Branded Program.


Global Market Reports 

Global Market Reports are frequently available from several sources, including the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture and other U.S. Government sponsored agencies.    To help you assess international opportunities and decide which are viable markets for your company, APPA posts the following Global Market Reports:

Taiwan:  Pet Products Market Update, March 2010 by Shirely Wang

Germany:  2007 Germany Exporter Guide by Rey Santella and Christel Wagner

Italy:  Request updated market research at
         http://www.buyusa.gov/italy/en/zoomark2011homepage.html


China
:  China, Peoples Republic of  | Pet Food Market Overview  by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, 12/3/06

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Gain Report:  Dominican Republic Product Brief, The Pet Food Market in the Dominican Republic


Exhibit in U.S. Pavilions at International Trade Shows
To learn more about exhibiting in U.S. pavilions at international trade shows, click here.


Consulting

To ensure that each member receives the level of assistance that they need according to size, product line and in-house capabilities, APPA has contracted with American River International, LTD (ARI) to provide discounted consulting services for APPA members.

We chose ARI because of their good track record for providing similar services to members of other associations, and because they can take on specific exporting functions. (See "outsourcing" below.)

Consulting services are negotiated directly with ARI, and are generally billed at a 15% discounted rate to APPA members. Members can choose to involve ARI in all phases of their exporting operations from developing an export marketing plan to fulfilling specific functions, or their expertise may be utilized to troubleshoot specific areas.

To learn about your APPA programs offered through ARI, click here

Outsourcing
Some manufacturers find that it is easier and more efficient to have someone handle the transportation and warehousing of goods destined for foreign markets. Others have personnel in place to handle those functions, but require assistance with navigating financial and legal issues associated with foreign trade.

Through an extensive network of global trade professionals, ARI can assist members in these and other areas that often prove challenging when expanding internationally. We encourage you to evaluate their services in relation to your own needs to see if the professionals at ARI can help you make your export operation a success.

Managing Imports & Exports Monthly Newsletter
The Managing Imports and Exports Newsletter is the leading source of information on customs policies and procedures, BIS rules and regulations, and how best to enhance your compliance programs. 

Every issue includes updates on:

·  Developing a successful international trade program
·  Reducing international risk
·  Streamlining costs
·  Latest updates on trade policies and duty issues
·  New customs alerts
·  Tips and resources to manage your import/export operations

APPA members receive a free yearly electronic subscription with paid APPA membership. Click here  for more information and to view the latest issue.

Government Resources
Other exporting questions can be answered through the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture. Use the sites below to gain valuable information and to participate in global trade opportunities.

Export/Import Assistance/Government Agencies

United States Department of Agriculture

Exporter Assistance/Foreign Agriculture Service

Agricultural Marketing Service

Food Export USA Northeast

Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council

Southern United States Trade Association

Western United States Agriculture Trade Association

Food and Drug Administration

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

National Agricultural Statistics Service

 

 

United States Department of Commerce

USDC homepage

Trade Opportunities for US Business

Buy USA

Export.gov

Trade Development

Export America Magazine

Central and Eastern Europe Business Information Center

Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States

Platinum Key Service

Export Regulations