Automotive Trade Mission to New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, India, 70278-70281 [2013-28167]

Download as PDF 70278 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 227 / Monday, November 25, 2013 / Notices • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission. Diversity of company size, sector or subsector, and location may also be considered during the review process. Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar, and other Internet Web sites, press releases to the general and trade media, direct mail and broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups and announcements at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than April 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning 14 days after publication of the Federal Register notice, until the minimum of 35 participants is selected. After April 15, 2014, applications will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. U.S. Contact Information Bill Burwell, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center—Baltimore, Bill.Burwell@trade.gov, Tel: 410–962– 4539. Leslie Drake, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center—Charleston, WV, Leslie.Drake@trade.gov, Tel: 304– 347–5123. William Fanjoy, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center—Arlington, VA, William.Fanjoy@trade.gov, Tel: 703– 235–0327. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES International Contact Information Cameron Werker, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia, Cameron.Werker@ trade.gov. ´ Nicole A. DeSilvis, Commercial Attache, U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia, Nicole.DeSilvis@trade.gov. Elnora Moye, Trade Program Assistant. [FR Doc. 2013–28169 Filed 11–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Nov 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Automotive Trade Mission to New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, India April 24–April 30, 2014. International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing an automotive trade mission to India (New Delhi, Pune and Chennai), April 24–30, 2014. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to India’s rapidly expanding automotive market. Many global automotive manufacturing companies such as Ford, GM, BMW, AUDI, Volvo, Renault, Hyundai, Daimler, and Nissan, among others, have established operations in India. The mission will assist U.S. companies to explore and pursue export opportunities in the Indian automotive sector. The mission to India will include representatives from leading U.S. companies that provide aftermarket, auto components, vehicle performance enhancement, automotive care, maintenance, service parts, accessories, testing and garage equipment product and services, and U.S. trade associations representing companies in these sectors. The mission will visit three cities, New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, where participants will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key officials, trade and chamber associations, and prospective partners. Commercial Setting The automotive industry is one of the most significant and growing sectors of the Indian economy. In 2012, India produced 20 million vehicles, making its passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturing industry the sixth largest in the world. India’s growth is driven by a young population and an expanding middle class with an extremely low rate of motor vehicle ownership. India is ranked 157th in the world in terms of vehicles per capita. Therefore, opportunities in automotive industries will continue to grow, and it is estimated that by 2016 the automotive market will reach the $145 billion mark. To support and sustain the anticipated growth in the automotive industry, the Government of India (GOI) launched the ‘‘Automotive Mission Plan (AMP), 2006–2016.’’ In the plan, the GOI has PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 accorded the highest priority for the automobile and components industry sector. The AMP envisions that India will emerge as the worldwide destination of choice for the design and manufacture of automobiles and auto components by 2016. The plan also projects the sales revenue of the automotive sector reaching $122–159 billion by 2016 from $34 billion in 2006. The GOI allows 100% foreign investment in the automobile and parts industry. The AMP is also a clear sign that the GOI considers the automotive sector to be very significant. U.S. companies could benefit from the unprecedented growth of this industry. U.S. firms successfully compete in the maturing Indian automotive industry. Main domestic competitors are Tata Motors, Maruti-Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra, Eicher Motors, Force, Hindustan Motors, Premier, and Asia Motor Works. Competing non-U.S. brands in the Indian automotive manufacturing market include Hyundai, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, Skoda, Mercedes Benz, Fiat, Renault, and Volvo. As the automotive manufacturing market matures, it is expected that the areas of opportunities for U.S. companies will be in the automotive aftermarket, green technologies and automotive components and accessories. The Indian auto components industry sector has been recording an average annual growth of over 20% in the past few years. According to a McKinsey study, the auto components industry sector has the potential to reach $40 billion by 2016. Technology-focused products for the original equipment manufacturer segment offer best prospects in the Indian auto components sector. These include gears and components, clutch components, brakes and components, valves, axles, shafts, engine parts, electrical components, suspension, and body building parts. Indian agents and distributors actively seek opportunities to market U.S. technologies in the domestic market. New Delhi New Delhi is the capital of India, and the seat of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. It also serves as the center of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi and is one of the eleven districts of Delhi National Capital Territory. The majority of India’s car manufacturing industry is based around three clusters to the north, west, and south of New Delhi. Gurgaon and Manesar in Haryana form the E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 227 / Monday, November 25, 2013 / Notices northern automotive cluster. The northern automotive cluster located in the National Capital region contributes around 32% of the country’s automotive growth. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Automotive Component Manufacturers Associations are headquartered in New Delhi. Pune, Maharashtra Pune, the State of Maharashtra’s second largest city after Mumbai, has been a hub for the engineering industry in India for over five decades. Also known as the Detroit of India, Pune today is one of India’s largest auto manufacturing hubs with about 7,000 auto ancillary units in and around Pune. It is home to Tata Motors (developer of the $2000 car Nano); the world’s second largest two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto; the world’s largest forging company, Bharat Forge; and many other leading auto manufacturers, such as Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, John Deere, FIAT, etc. Pune is also home to the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) and the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE). The Pune region has a buzzing auto components industry ranging from innumerable micro to small and medium scale units. The Pune automobile industry landscape includes the ‘who’s who’ of Indian and, increasingly, the leading international automobile industry producers. In 2013, investment inflows of an estimated $ 6.5 billion were made in Pune in this sector. Simultaneously, approximately $1.6 billion of investment in the auto ancillary and component manufacturing industry is also expected. While Pune’s proximity to Mumbai, accessibility to ports for the entry and exit of raw materials and finished goods, and ease of setting up business have been key drivers of the growth of the auto industry, the large number of institutions of higher learning which support several Industrial Training Institutes have boosted the growth of the auto industry. Chennai, Tamil Nadu Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India. The city is base to around 30 percent of India’s automobile industry and 40 percent of India’s auto components industry. A large number of automotive companies including Hyundai, Renault, Robert Bosch, Nissan Motors, Ashok Leyland, Daimler AG, Caterpillar Inc., Komatsu Limited, Ford, BMW and Mitsubishi have manufacturing plants in Chennai. Chennai accounts for 60% of the country’s automotive exports. According to Forbes magazine, Chennai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and the only Indian city to be rated in the ‘‘Forbes-Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World’’. It is ranked 4th in India for hosting Fortune 500 companies, next only to Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Mission Goals The goals of the Automotive Trade Mission to India are to provide participants with first-hand market information and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential end users and partners, so that they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the automotive cluster cities in India. The mission will focus on helping participants to obtain market information, to establish business and government contacts, to solidify business strategies, and/or to advance specific projects. The mission also will facilitate firsthand market exposure and access to government decision makers and key private-sector industry contacts, including potential partners. It will provide opportunities for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions with government officials and private sector representatives in order to advance participants’ interests in India. Mission Scenario The first stop on the mission itinerary is New Delhi, where participants will arrive on Thursday April 24, 2014. The next day, Friday April 25th, the participants will participate in industry briefings, meetings with Government decision makers, one-on-one business meetings, and networking lunch meetings with chamber/associations. A welcome reception for the delegates is scheduled for the evening of April 25, 2014. On Saturday, April 26th, a half-day site visit to an automobile OEM manufacturing facility is scheduled. Following the site visit, the delegates will start departing Delhi for Pune on the evening of Saturday or early on Sunday April 27th. On Monday morning, April 28th, the delegates’ program in Pune will start with a local industry briefing, followed by one-onone meetings. At noon, there will be a networking luncheon with local businesses and multipliers. After lunch, the one-on-one meetings will continue. A networking reception is scheduled on the evening of April 28, 2014. On Tuesday morning, April 29th, a half-day site visit to an automobile OEM manufacturing facility in Pune is scheduled. Following the site visit, the delegates will start departing Pune for Chennai. Time permitting, an afternoon site visit in Chennai is proposed, to be followed by a welcome dinner or a networking reception. On Wednesday morning, April 30th, the delegates’ program will start with a market briefing, followed by one-on-one meetings. At noon, there will be a networking luncheon with local businesses and multipliers. After lunch, the one-on-one meetings will continue. The mission concludes after the one-onone meetings. PROPOSED TIMETABLE NEW DELHI sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Thursday April 24, 2014 ............................ Friday, April 25, 2014 ................................ Saturday, April 26, 2014 ............................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Nov 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 • Arrive in New Delhi. • Breakfast briefing by U.S. Embassy Officials. • Meeting with Government decision makers. • One-on-one business meetings. • Networking lunch hosted by a Chamber—TBC. • One-on-one business meetings continue. • Welcome reception for Delegates in the evening. Half a day site visit—TBC. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70279 E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1 70280 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 227 / Monday, November 25, 2013 / Notices PROPOSED TIMETABLE—Continued Delhi—Pune Saturday, April 26, 2014 or Sunday, April 27, 2014. Following the site visit, delegates plan to depart Delhi for Pune on Saturday or Sunday evening. PUNE Monday, April 28, 2014 ............................. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 ............................ Breakfast briefing by Consulate/Industry Association. One-on-one business meetings. Networking lunch hosted by Chamber with local industry representatives—TBC. One-on-one business meetings continues. Networking reception with Industry contacts. Overnight stay in Pune. Half a day site visit—TBC. Pune—Chennai Tuesday, April 29, 2014 ............................ Following the site visit, delegates depart Pune for Chennai. Site visit—TBC. Welcome dinner for Delegates or Networking reception with Industry contacts. Chennai Wednesday, April 30, 2014 ....................... Breakfast briefing by the Consulate/Industry Association. One-on-one business meetings. Networking lunch hosted by Chamber of Commerce and Industry. —TBC. One-on-one business meetings continues. Mission concludes and delegates depart Chennai for U.S. as per individual itinerary. Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the trade mission must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the U.S. Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 companies and/or trade associations will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the mission. U.S. companies and/or trade associations already doing business in or seeking business in India for the first time may apply. Fees and Expenses sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee is $5500 for large firms and $5300 for small or mediumsized enterprises (SME) 1 and trade 1 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see http:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/index.html). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008 (see http:// www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html for additional information). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Nov 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 associations. The fee for each additional representative is $750. Exclusions The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation between cities in India, except for ground transportation for official site visits or as otherwise stated in the proposed timetable, and air transportation from the U.S. to India and return to the U.S. Trade mission participants will, however, be able to take advantage of U.S. Government rates for hotel rooms. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are not included in the mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas. Conditions for Participation Applicants must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may either: reject the application, request additional information/clarification, or take the PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 lack of information into account when evaluating the applications. Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the United States, or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. In the case of a trade association or trade organization, the applicant must certify that, for each company to be represented by the trade association or trade organization, the products and services the represented company seeks to export are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51% U.S. content. Selection Criteria for Participation The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting participants: • Suitability of a company’s products or services (or, in the case of a trade association or trade organization, represented companies’) to the Indian markets. • Company’s (or, in the case of a trade association or trade organization, represented companies’) potential for business in India, including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission. • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission. Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 227 / Monday, November 25, 2013 / Notices demographics, may also be considered during the review process. Referrals from political organizations and any documents, including the application, containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Application Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (http://www.export.gov/ trademissions/) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than January 31, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions beginning February 2014. Applications received after January 31, 2014 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. How To Apply Applications can be completed online at the Trade Mission Web site or can be obtained by contacting Kellie Holloway Jarman at the U.S. Department of Commerce (see contact details below). Completed applications should be submitted to Kellie Holloway Jarman. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Contacts U.S. Commercial Service, Export Assistance Center, Portland Kellie Holloway Jarman, Senior International Trade Specialist, One World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 242, Portland, OR 97204, Tel: +1–503–326–3002, Mobile: +1–503–314–2035, Email: kellie.holloway@trade.gov. U.S. Commercial Service India James P. Golsen, Principal Commercial Officer for South India, U.S. Commercial Service, c/o U.S. Consulate General, 220 Anna Salai, Chennai, India 600006, Tel: +91– 44–2857–4209, Email: james.golsen@trade.gov. Elnora Moye, Trade Program Assistant. [FR Doc. 2013–28167 Filed 11–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:53 Nov 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue International Trade Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces a request for public stakeholder input to the Federal Register notice on the United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue. DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before January 9, 2014. ADDRESSES: Please direct written submissions to Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. The public is strongly encouraged to file submissions electronically rather than by mail. Submit electronic comments to www.trade.gov/hled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Wells, 202–482–1547. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Mexico represents a critical strategic ally and partner of the United States. Apart from being neighbors that share a 2,000-mile border, we also share deeply integrated economies that, in 2012, generated more than $500 billion in two-way trade. Mexico remains our second largest export market and third largest overall trading partner. The United States, in turn, is Mexico’s largest trading partner. Together with Canada, Mexico and the United States are partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement, one of the most competitive and successful economic platforms in the world. The sustained competitiveness and continued growth of the North American region is dependent upon continued and deepened economic and commercial cooperation, regulatory consensus, and policy alignment. To advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness, President Barack Obama and President ˜ of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto announced in May 2013 the formation of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). The HLED will meet annually at the Cabinet level and will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to build upon and promote sustained progress on a range of existing successful bilateral dialogues and working groups. On September 20, 2013, Vice President Joseph Biden led a delegation of U.S. Cabinet officials that met in Mexico City with members of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70281 Mexican Cabinet in the inaugural meeting of the HLED. At the September meeting, government officials from Mexico and the United States approved an initial work plan with three broad pillars, which contain specific topics for cooperation: I. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Automotive Trade Mission to New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, India

April 24-April 30, 2014.
AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, is organizing an automotive trade mission to India (New 
Delhi, Pune and Chennai), April 24-30, 2014. The purpose of the mission 
is to introduce U.S. firms to India's rapidly expanding automotive 
market. Many global automotive manufacturing companies such as Ford, 
GM, BMW, AUDI, Volvo, Renault, Hyundai, Daimler, and Nissan, among 
others, have established operations in India. The mission will assist 
U.S. companies to explore and pursue export opportunities in the Indian 
automotive sector. The mission to India will include representatives 
from leading U.S. companies that provide aftermarket, auto components, 
vehicle performance enhancement, automotive care, maintenance, service 
parts, accessories, testing and garage equipment product and services, 
and U.S. trade associations representing companies in these sectors. 
The mission will visit three cities, New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, where 
participants will receive market briefings and participate in 
customized meetings with key officials, trade and chamber associations, 
and prospective partners.

Commercial Setting

    The automotive industry is one of the most significant and growing 
sectors of the Indian economy. In 2012, India produced 20 million 
vehicles, making its passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturing 
industry the sixth largest in the world. India's growth is driven by a 
young population and an expanding middle class with an extremely low 
rate of motor vehicle ownership. India is ranked 157th in the world in 
terms of vehicles per capita. Therefore, opportunities in automotive 
industries will continue to grow, and it is estimated that by 2016 the 
automotive market will reach the $145 billion mark. To support and 
sustain the anticipated growth in the automotive industry, the 
Government of India (GOI) launched the ``Automotive Mission Plan (AMP), 
2006-2016.'' In the plan, the GOI has accorded the highest priority for 
the automobile and components industry sector.
    The AMP envisions that India will emerge as the worldwide 
destination of choice for the design and manufacture of automobiles and 
auto components by 2016. The plan also projects the sales revenue of 
the automotive sector reaching $122-159 billion by 2016 from $34 
billion in 2006. The GOI allows 100% foreign investment in the 
automobile and parts industry. The AMP is also a clear sign that the 
GOI considers the automotive sector to be very significant. U.S. 
companies could benefit from the unprecedented growth of this industry.
    U.S. firms successfully compete in the maturing Indian automotive 
industry. Main domestic competitors are Tata Motors, Maruti-Suzuki, 
Mahindra and Mahindra, Eicher Motors, Force, Hindustan Motors, Premier, 
and Asia Motor Works. Competing non-U.S. brands in the Indian 
automotive manufacturing market include Hyundai, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, 
Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, Skoda, Mercedes Benz, Fiat, Renault, 
and Volvo. As the automotive manufacturing market matures, it is 
expected that the areas of opportunities for U.S. companies will be in 
the automotive aftermarket, green technologies and automotive 
components and accessories. The Indian auto components industry sector 
has been recording an average annual growth of over 20% in the past few 
years. According to a McKinsey study, the auto components industry 
sector has the potential to reach $40 billion by 2016. Technology-
focused products for the original equipment manufacturer segment offer 
best prospects in the Indian auto components sector. These include 
gears and components, clutch components, brakes and components, valves, 
axles, shafts, engine parts, electrical components, suspension, and 
body building parts. Indian agents and distributors actively seek 
opportunities to market U.S. technologies in the domestic market.

New Delhi

    New Delhi is the capital of India, and the seat of the executive, 
legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. It also 
serves as the center of the Government of the National Capital 
Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of 
Delhi and is one of the eleven districts of Delhi National Capital 
Territory. The majority of India's car manufacturing industry is based 
around three clusters to the north, west, and south of New Delhi. 
Gurgaon and Manesar in Haryana form the

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northern automotive cluster. The northern automotive cluster located in 
the National Capital region contributes around 32% of the country's 
automotive growth. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and 
Automotive Component Manufacturers Associations are headquartered in 
New Delhi.

Pune, Maharashtra

    Pune, the State of Maharashtra's second largest city after Mumbai, 
has been a hub for the engineering industry in India for over five 
decades. Also known as the Detroit of India, Pune today is one of 
India's largest auto manufacturing hubs with about 7,000 auto ancillary 
units in and around Pune. It is home to Tata Motors (developer of the 
$2000 car Nano); the world's second largest two-wheeler manufacturer 
Bajaj Auto; the world's largest forging company, Bharat Forge; and many 
other leading auto manufacturers, such as Daimler Chrysler, General 
Motors, John Deere, FIAT, etc. Pune is also home to the Automotive 
Research Association of India (ARAI), Central Institute of Road 
Transport (CIRT) and the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment 
(VRDE). The Pune region has a buzzing auto components industry ranging 
from innumerable micro to small and medium scale units. The Pune 
automobile industry landscape includes the `who's who' of Indian and, 
increasingly, the leading international automobile industry producers. 
In 2013, investment inflows of an estimated $ 6.5 billion were made in 
Pune in this sector. Simultaneously, approximately $1.6 billion of 
investment in the auto ancillary and component manufacturing industry 
is also expected. While Pune's proximity to Mumbai, accessibility to 
ports for the entry and exit of raw materials and finished goods, and 
ease of setting up business have been key drivers of the growth of the 
auto industry, the large number of institutions of higher learning 
which support several Industrial Training Institutes have boosted the 
growth of the auto industry.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

    Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the 
Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay 
of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational 
center in South India. The city is base to around 30 percent of India's 
automobile industry and 40 percent of India's auto components industry. 
A large number of automotive companies including Hyundai, Renault, 
Robert Bosch, Nissan Motors, Ashok Leyland, Daimler AG, Caterpillar 
Inc., Komatsu Limited, Ford, BMW and Mitsubishi have manufacturing 
plants in Chennai. Chennai accounts for 60% of the country's automotive 
exports. According to Forbes magazine, Chennai is one of the fastest 
growing cities in the world and the only Indian city to be rated in the 
``Forbes-Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World''. It is ranked 4th 
in India for hosting Fortune 500 companies, next only to Mumbai, Delhi 
and Kolkata.

Mission Goals

    The goals of the Automotive Trade Mission to India are to provide 
participants with first-hand market information and one-on-one meetings 
with business contacts, including potential end users and partners, so 
that they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in 
the automotive cluster cities in India. The mission will focus on 
helping participants to obtain market information, to establish 
business and government contacts, to solidify business strategies, and/
or to advance specific projects.
    The mission also will facilitate first-hand market exposure and 
access to government decision makers and key private-sector industry 
contacts, including potential partners. It will provide opportunities 
for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions 
with government officials and private sector representatives in order 
to advance participants' interests in India.

Mission Scenario

    The first stop on the mission itinerary is New Delhi, where 
participants will arrive on Thursday April 24, 2014. The next day, 
Friday April 25th, the participants will participate in industry 
briefings, meetings with Government decision makers, one-on-one 
business meetings, and networking lunch meetings with chamber/
associations. A welcome reception for the delegates is scheduled for 
the evening of April 25, 2014.
    On Saturday, April 26th, a half-day site visit to an automobile OEM 
manufacturing facility is scheduled. Following the site visit, the 
delegates will start departing Delhi for Pune on the evening of 
Saturday or early on Sunday April 27th. On Monday morning, April 28th, 
the delegates' program in Pune will start with a local industry 
briefing, followed by one-on-one meetings. At noon, there will be a 
networking luncheon with local businesses and multipliers. After lunch, 
the one-on-one meetings will continue. A networking reception is 
scheduled on the evening of April 28, 2014.
    On Tuesday morning, April 29th, a half-day site visit to an 
automobile OEM manufacturing facility in Pune is scheduled. Following 
the site visit, the delegates will start departing Pune for Chennai. 
Time permitting, an afternoon site visit in Chennai is proposed, to be 
followed by a welcome dinner or a networking reception. On Wednesday 
morning, April 30th, the delegates' program will start with a market 
briefing, followed by one-on-one meetings. At noon, there will be a 
networking luncheon with local businesses and multipliers. After lunch, 
the one-on-one meetings will continue. The mission concludes after the 
one-on-one meetings.

                           Proposed Timetable
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Thursday April 24, 2014..............   Arrive in New Delhi.
Friday, April 25, 2014...............   Breakfast briefing by
                                        U.S. Embassy Officials.
                                        Meeting with Government
                                        decision makers.
                                        One-on-one business
                                        meetings.
                                        Networking lunch hosted
                                        by a Chamber--TBC.
                                        One-on-one business
                                        meetings continue.
                                        Welcome reception for
                                        Delegates in the evening.
Saturday, April 26, 2014.............  Half a day site visit--TBC.
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                               Delhi--Pune
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Saturday, April 26, 2014 or Sunday,    Following the site visit,
 April 27, 2014.                        delegates plan to depart Delhi
                                        for Pune on Saturday or Sunday
                                        evening.
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Monday, April 28, 2014...............  Breakfast briefing by Consulate/
                                        Industry Association.
                                       One-on-one business meetings.
                                       Networking lunch hosted by
                                        Chamber with local industry
                                        representatives--TBC.
                                       One-on-one business meetings
                                        continues.
                                       Networking reception with
                                        Industry contacts.
                                       Overnight stay in Pune.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014..............  Half a day site visit--TBC.
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                              Pune--Chennai
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014..............  Following the site visit,
                                        delegates depart Pune for
                                        Chennai.
                                       Site visit--TBC.
                                       Welcome dinner for Delegates or
                                       Networking reception with
                                        Industry contacts.
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                                 Chennai
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014............  Breakfast briefing by the
                                        Consulate/Industry Association.
                                       One-on-one business meetings.
                                       Networking lunch hosted by
                                        Chamber of Commerce and
                                        Industry.
                                       --TBC.
                                       One-on-one business meetings
                                        continues.
                                       Mission concludes and delegates
                                        depart Chennai for U.S. as per
                                        individual itinerary.
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Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the trade mission must 
complete and submit an application package for consideration by the 
U.S. Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their 
ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection 
criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and maximum of 20 companies 
and/or trade associations will be selected from the applicant pool to 
participate in the mission. U.S. companies and/or trade associations 
already doing business in or seeking business in India for the first 
time may apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a 
payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a 
participation fee is required. The participation fee is $5500 for large 
firms and $5300 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) \1\ and 
trade associations. The fee for each additional representative is $750.
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    \1\ An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see http://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/index.html). Parent companies, affiliates, and 
subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The 
dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service's user fee schedule 
that became effective May 1, 2008 (see http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).
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Exclusions

    The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such 
as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation between cities in 
India, except for ground transportation for official site visits or as 
otherwise stated in the proposed timetable, and air transportation from 
the U.S. to India and return to the U.S. Trade mission participants 
will, however, be able to take advantage of U.S. Government rates for 
hotel rooms. Business visas may be required. Government fees and 
processing expenses to obtain such visas are not included in the 
mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide 
instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain 
necessary business visas.

Conditions for Participation

    Applicants must submit a completed and signed mission application 
and supplemental application materials, including adequate information 
on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, 
and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an 
incomplete application, the Department may either: reject the 
application, request additional information/clarification, or take the 
lack of information into account when evaluating the applications.
    Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it 
seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the United 
States, or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have 
at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. In the case of a trade 
association or trade organization, the applicant must certify that, for 
each company to be represented by the trade association or trade 
organization, the products and services the represented company seeks 
to export are either produced in the United States, or, if not, 
marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51% U.S. 
content.

Selection Criteria for Participation

    The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting participants:
     Suitability of a company's products or services (or, in 
the case of a trade association or trade organization, represented 
companies') to the Indian markets.
     Company's (or, in the case of a trade association or trade 
organization, represented companies') potential for business in India, 
including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission.
     Consistency of the applicant's goals and objectives with 
the stated scope of the mission.
    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, 
location, and

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demographics, may also be considered during the review process.
    Referrals from political organizations and any documents, including 
the application, containing references to partisan political activities 
(including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant's 
submission and not considered during the selection process.

Timeframe for Recruitment and Application

    Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, 
including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce 
Department trade mission calendar (http://www.export.gov/trademissions/
) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade 
media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade 
associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry 
meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows.
    Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no 
later than January 31, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will 
review applications and make selection decisions beginning February 
2014. Applications received after January 31, 2014 will be considered 
only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

How To Apply

    Applications can be completed on-line at the Trade Mission Web site 
or can be obtained by contacting Kellie Holloway Jarman at the U.S. 
Department of Commerce (see contact details below). Completed 
applications should be submitted to Kellie Holloway Jarman.

Contacts

U.S. Commercial Service, Export Assistance Center, Portland
    Kellie Holloway Jarman, Senior International Trade Specialist, One 
World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 242, Portland, OR 97204, 
Tel: +1-503-326-3002, Mobile: +1-503-314-2035, Email: 
kellie.holloway@trade.gov.
U.S. Commercial Service India
    James P. Golsen, Principal Commercial Officer for South India, U.S. 
Commercial Service, c/o U.S. Consulate General, 220 Anna Salai, 
Chennai, India 600006, Tel: +91-44-2857-4209, Email: 
james.golsen@trade.gov.

Elnora Moye,
Trade Program Assistant.
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