Mining Equipment and Mining Services Business Development Trade Mission to Zacatecas, Mexico, June 1-2, 2015, 4873-4875 [2015-01636]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 19 / Thursday, January 29, 2015 / Notices may apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order that they are received. Fees and Expenses Companies selected to participate in the Roundtable will be required to pay a fee for participation. The participation fee is $700 for large firms. The participation fee is $500 for small or medium-sized firms.1 The fee for each additional representative of the selected company is $500. Up to four additional representatives can be accommodated per company. The Roundtable and related events may be cancelled at any time by the Department of Commerce and all contributions refunded. If, for any reason, a company withdraws from participation prior to the Roundtable, the Department of Commerce, at its sole discretion, and upon its determination that it would be consistent with its authorities, may allow a partial refund of the contributed fee. Exclusions The conference fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as airfare, lodging, most meals, incidentals, and local ground transportation and personal interpreters. Delegation members will be able to take advantage of U.S. Embassy rates for hotel rooms. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the Business Roundtable costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conditions for Participation Applicants must submit a completed mission application signed by a company official, together with supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, interest in doing business in Japan, and goals for participation by February 6, 2015. If the U.S. Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the U.S. Department of Commerce may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account in its evaluation. 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/size). 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. For additional information, see http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Jan 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through its participation in the Business Roundtable 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. Applications can be found at http:// export.gov/trademissions/index.asp or can be obtained by contacting Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov. In addition, the applicant must address how he/she satisfies the four selection criteria listed below in an email to Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov: (1) Whether the applicant represents a U.S. company that fits one of the following profiles: • Companies that manufacture technology or provide services in the renewable energy sector; • Developers of renewable energy projects with global experience; • Local utilities who are willing to share their experience with domestic policies; and • Companies active in the smart grid and energy efficiency industries. (2) The applicant’s interest in the Japanese RE&EE sector; (3) The applicant’s ability to identify and discuss policy issues relevant to U.S. competitiveness in the renewable energy or smart grid sectors; (4) Consistency of the applicant’s experiences and background with the stated scope of the event. 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 Participation Recruitment for the Business Roundtable will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on CS Japan’s Web site, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity through the Commercial Service network. Recruitment will begin immediately and conclude no later than February 6, 2015. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions beginning on or about January 20, 2014. Applications received after February 6, 2015 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. DATES: The Business Roundtable will take place February 23, 2015. Applications are due no later than February 6, 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4873 Contacts Danius Barzdukas, Office of East Asia and APEC, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 202–482–1147, Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov. Andrew S. Bennett, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 202.482.5235, Andrew.Bennett@ trade.gov. Gregory Taevs, U.S. Commercial Service Tokyo, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, +81–3–3224–5070, Gregory.Taevs@trade.gov. Frank Spector, International Trade Specialist. [FR Doc. 2015–01635 Filed 1–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Mining Equipment and Mining Services Business Development Trade Mission to Zacatecas, Mexico, June 1–2, 2015 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Mission Description The International Trade Administration is coordinating with the State of Zacatecas to organize a trade mission to Zacatecas, Mexico from June 1–2, 2015. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the Mining Equipment and Mining Services sector. Participating firms will gain market information, make business and government contacts, solidify business strategies, and/or advance specific projects. In each of these targeted sectors, participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened local partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also include meetings with high-level local government officials, networking opportunities, country briefings, and seminars. The delegation will be composed of representatives of 10–15 U.S. firms in the mission’s target sector. Commercial Setting Overview Mexico is the United States’ secondlargest export market (after Canada) and E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 4874 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 19 / Thursday, January 29, 2015 / Notices third-largest trading partner (after Canada and China). In fact, the United States exports more to Mexico than to Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) combined. With a World Bank Ease of Doing Business rank more favorable than that of any of the BRIC countries, this fast growing market, right on our doorstep, offers a wealth of opportunities for U.S. companies. Twenty-two U.S. states depend on Mexico as their first or second destination for exports and more than $1.25 billion in goods and services are traded between the United States and Mexico every day, supporting millions of jobs in both countries. Mexico and the United States together with Canada comprise one of the most competitive and successful regional economic platforms in the world. Mexico is the most populous Spanishspeaking country in the world with a population of 115 million, over half of whom are members of the upper and middle class. With a shared Western and Hispanic culture, U.S. producers find it easier to market and sell their services and products in Mexico. This may account for the fact that more than 18,000 U.S. companies have operations in Mexico, investing $150 billion in Mexico since 2000 and more than 54,000 U.S. companies currently export goods to Mexico. The mission supports the federal government’s Look South initiative, which encourages U.S. companies to explore opportunities in the United States’ 11 free trade agreement partner (FTA) countries in Latin America. These markets share with Mexico high economic growth rates and market-liberalizing reforms, making Mexico a potential stepping stone to wider regional demand for mining equipment in countries like Chile, Colombia, and Peru. 337,598 people. According to a report from INEGI (Mexico’s Geography and Statistics Agency) for 2012, Mexico’s total production of mining materials reached USD$23 billion, 14% higher than 2011. Mexico’s mining sector invested USD$8.43 billion, which is 30% more than 2011. Mexico’s mining sector produces 23 different commodities, the major ones being gold, silver and copper. In 2011, Mexico was the world’s largest producer of silver and second largest producer of the mineral fluorite. There is a lot of interest from foreign firms to invest in Mexico based primarily on the vast mining resources scattered around the country’s territory. Experts say that only 34% of the country has been exploited and a few foreign companies are taking part in the benefits of this low rate of competition. In 2012, Mexico’s overall FDI was USD$12 billion and USD$627.7 million was invested in the mining sector,2 representing 4.96%.3 For 2013, combined FDI from 2007 is expected to reach USD$25.2 billion. Industry Sector Best Prospect Products and Services D Antioxidants; D Conveyors; D Crushers, Feeders, Sizers; D Cutting Equipment; D Dewatering Systems and parts; D Drilling Systems; D Dust Control Equipment; Mining and Mining Equipment In the last five years, mining has been one of the five most promising sectors in Mexico’s economy. In fact, the mining sector accounts for 4.9% of Mexico’s GDP 1 and employs nearly Zacatecas The state economy, thus far in 2014, is maintaining a GDP growth rate of 4.5% compared to 2.2% for Mexico. Agriculture and mining remain the state’s largest industry sectors, but in recent years, the state has successfully attracted investments in the aerospace and automotive industries. In 2013, in terms of production, mining output from Zacatecas ranks second among Mexican states. Currently, Zacatecas is Mexico’s largest producer of silver, lead and zinc, the second largest producer of copper and the third largest producer of gold. Canadians are the largest group of foreign investors followed by the U.S. D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D Flotation Machines; Hydraulic Excavators and Cutters; Loaders Back Hole; Lubricants (High Performance); Portable roadways; Power Generators; Pumps; Safety Devices; Shovels and Loaders; Temporary Flooring; Tire Service; Tires and tire pressure monitors; Ventilation Equipment; Waste Water Treatment Plants; Water Filtration; Wear Prevention. Mission Goals This mission will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to a sustained economic partnership with Mexico. The mission’s purpose is to support the business development goals of U.S. firms as they construct a firm foundation for future business in Mexico and specifically aims to: • Assist in identifying potential partners and strategies for U.S. companies to gain access to the Mexican market for the Mining Equipment and Mining Services sector. • Confirm U.S. government support for the promotion of U.S. exports to Mexico, a region full of potential opportunity but not yet served by a trade mission. • Organize focused events with local government, business and association leaders capable of becoming partners and clients for U.S. firms as they develop their business in Mexico. Mission Scenario The mission will stop in Zacatecas, Mexico. In Zacatecas, participants will meet with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, and representatives, as well as other business partners and government officials. They will also attend market briefings by United States Embassy officials, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers. PROPOSED TIME TABLE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES May 31 ............................................ Zacatecas ...................................... June 1 ............................................. Zacatecas ...................................... 1 Reforma daily, Business supplement Oct 2012. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Jan 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 • • • • Arrival. Overnight in Zacatecas, Mexico. Orientation provided by U.S. Commercial Service. Industry & Commercial Briefings by U.S. Commercial Service and Under Secretary of Economic Development, State of Zacatecas. • Mine site tours—underground and open pit. • Networking Reception hosted by the Governor of Zacatecas. • Overnight in Zacatecas. 2 CANIMEX 2012 Report, Mexico’s Mining Situation. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 CEEFP, E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM House of Representatives. Mexico. 29JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 19 / Thursday, January 29, 2015 / Notices 4875 PROPOSED TIME TABLE—Continued June 2 ............................................. June 3 ............................................. Zacatecas ...................................... Zacatecas ...................................... Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the Trade Mission to Zacatecas, Mexico must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. Approximately 10–15 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the Mexican market for the first time, may apply. Fees and Expenses After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The fee schedule for the mission is below: • $2,000 for large firms • $1,500 for a small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) 4 • $700 each additional firm representative Expenses for air travel, lodging, some meals, local transportation, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Conditions of Participation mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES An applicant 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 reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications. Each applicant must also certify that: • The goods and/or services it seeks to export through the mission are either 4 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/contractingopportunities/ 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 Sep<11>2014 18:16 Jan 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 • Individual One-on-One Company Appointments. • Departure. produced in the United States, or, if not, contain at least 51% U.S. content; • The export of its goods, software, technology, and services would be in compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, including those administered by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security; • It has identified any matter pending before any bureau or office of the Department of Commerce; • It has identified any pending litigation (including any administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that involves the Department of Commerce; • It and its affiliates (1) have not and will not engage in the bribery of foreign officials in connection with its involvement in this Mission, and (2) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the bribery of foreign officials; and • It meets the minimum requirements as stated in this announcement. Selection Criteria for Participation: Selection will be based on the following criteria, listed in decreasing order of importance: • Suitability of a company’s products or services to the Mexican market and the likelihood of a participating company’s increased exports to or business interests in the target markets as a result of this mission; • Demonstrated export-readiness; and • Consistency of company’s products or services with the scope and desired outcome of the mission’s goals. Additional factors, such as balance of company size, type, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications Recruitment will begin immediately and conclude no later than Friday, April 10, 2015. The Department of Commerce will evaluate applications and inform applicants of selection decisions on a rolling basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts CS Pittsburgh Ryan Russell, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh, (412) 644–2817, ryan.russell@trade.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CS Monterrey John Howell, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service Monterrey, +52 81 8047 3223, john.howell@trade.gov. ˜ Mario Vidana, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Monterrey, +52 81 8047 3118, mario.vidana@trade.gov. Frank Spector, International Trade Specialist. [FR Doc. 2015–01636 Filed 1–28–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket Number: 150123071–5071–01] Announcement of Requirements and Registration for Head Health Advanced Materials Prize Competition—Head Health Challenge III National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce, in a cooperative partnership with the National Football League (NFL), the General Electric Company (GE) and Under Armour, Inc. (UA), is conducting a prize competition funding initiative to support the discovery, design and deployment of materials that improve the protection of athletes, members of the military, and society overall. The Head Health Advanced Materials Prize Competition (Head Health Challenge III, Challenge III, or Competition) is being conducted to broadly advance the science of materials for impact protection, as well as measurements and standards for assessing the performance of such materials. These advances are essential for the health of athletes of every age, and they will have a broad positive impact on the range of activities and occupations in our society that require protective gear. 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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Mining Equipment and Mining Services Business Development Trade 
Mission to Zacatecas, Mexico, June 1-2, 2015

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The International Trade Administration is coordinating with the 
State of Zacatecas to organize a trade mission to Zacatecas, Mexico 
from June 1-2, 2015. This business development mission will promote 
U.S. exports to Mexico by helping export-ready U.S. companies launch or 
increase their business in the Mining Equipment and Mining Services 
sector.
    Participating firms will gain market information, make business and 
government contacts, solidify business strategies, and/or advance 
specific projects. In each of these targeted sectors, participating 
U.S. companies will meet with prescreened local partners, agents, 
distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also 
include meetings with high-level local government officials, networking 
opportunities, country briefings, and seminars.
    The delegation will be composed of representatives of 10-15 U.S. 
firms in the mission's target sector.

Commercial Setting

Overview

    Mexico is the United States' second-largest export market (after 
Canada) and

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third-largest trading partner (after Canada and China). In fact, the 
United States exports more to Mexico than to Brazil, Russia, India and 
China (BRIC) combined. With a World Bank Ease of Doing Business rank 
more favorable than that of any of the BRIC countries, this fast 
growing market, right on our doorstep, offers a wealth of opportunities 
for U.S. companies. Twenty-two U.S. states depend on Mexico as their 
first or second destination for exports and more than $1.25 billion in 
goods and services are traded between the United States and Mexico 
every day, supporting millions of jobs in both countries. Mexico and 
the United States together with Canada comprise one of the most 
competitive and successful regional economic platforms in the world.
    Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world 
with a population of 115 million, over half of whom are members of the 
upper and middle class. With a shared Western and Hispanic culture, 
U.S. producers find it easier to market and sell their services and 
products in Mexico. This may account for the fact that more than 18,000 
U.S. companies have operations in Mexico, investing $150 billion in 
Mexico since 2000 and more than 54,000 U.S. companies currently export 
goods to Mexico. The mission supports the federal government's Look 
South initiative, which encourages U.S. companies to explore 
opportunities in the United States' 11 free trade agreement partner 
(FTA) countries in Latin America. These markets share with Mexico high 
economic growth rates and market-liberalizing reforms, making Mexico a 
potential stepping stone to wider regional demand for mining equipment 
in countries like Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

Industry Sector

Mining and Mining Equipment

    In the last five years, mining has been one of the five most 
promising sectors in Mexico's economy. In fact, the mining sector 
accounts for 4.9% of Mexico's GDP \1\ and employs nearly 337,598 
people. According to a report from INEGI (Mexico's Geography and 
Statistics Agency) for 2012, Mexico's total production of mining 
materials reached USD$23 billion, 14% higher than 2011. Mexico's mining 
sector invested USD$8.43 billion, which is 30% more than 2011. Mexico's 
mining sector produces 23 different commodities, the major ones being 
gold, silver and copper.
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    \1\ Reforma daily, Business supplement Oct 2012.
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    In 2011, Mexico was the world's largest producer of silver and 
second largest producer of the mineral fluorite. There is a lot of 
interest from foreign firms to invest in Mexico based primarily on the 
vast mining resources scattered around the country's territory. Experts 
say that only 34% of the country has been exploited and a few foreign 
companies are taking part in the benefits of this low rate of 
competition. In 2012, Mexico's overall FDI was USD$12 billion and 
USD$627.7 million was invested in the mining sector,\2\ representing 
4.96%.\3\ For 2013, combined FDI from 2007 is expected to reach 
USD$25.2 billion.
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    \2\ CANIMEX 2012 Report, Mexico's Mining Situation.
    \3\ CEEFP, House of Representatives. Mexico.
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Zacatecas

    The state economy, thus far in 2014, is maintaining a GDP growth 
rate of 4.5% compared to 2.2% for Mexico. Agriculture and mining remain 
the state's largest industry sectors, but in recent years, the state 
has successfully attracted investments in the aerospace and automotive 
industries.
    In 2013, in terms of production, mining output from Zacatecas ranks 
second among Mexican states. Currently, Zacatecas is Mexico's largest 
producer of silver, lead and zinc, the second largest producer of 
copper and the third largest producer of gold. Canadians are the 
largest group of foreign investors followed by the U.S.

Best Prospect Products and Services

    [ssquf] Antioxidants;
    [ssquf] Conveyors;
    [ssquf] Crushers, Feeders, Sizers;
    [ssquf] Cutting Equipment;
    [ssquf] Dewatering Systems and parts;
    [ssquf] Drilling Systems;
    [ssquf] Dust Control Equipment;
    [ssquf] Flotation Machines;
    [ssquf] Hydraulic Excavators and Cutters;
    [ssquf] Loaders Back Hole;
    [ssquf] Lubricants (High Performance);
    [ssquf] Portable roadways;
    [ssquf] Power Generators;
    [ssquf] Pumps;
    [ssquf] Safety Devices;
    [ssquf] Shovels and Loaders;
    [ssquf] Temporary Flooring;
    [ssquf] Tire Service;
    [ssquf] Tires and tire pressure monitors;
    [ssquf] Ventilation Equipment;
    [ssquf] Waste Water Treatment Plants;
    [ssquf] Water Filtration;
    [ssquf] Wear Prevention.

Mission Goals

    This mission will demonstrate the United States' commitment to a 
sustained economic partnership with Mexico. The mission's purpose is to 
support the business development goals of U.S. firms as they construct 
a firm foundation for future business in Mexico and specifically aims 
to:
     Assist in identifying potential partners and strategies 
for U.S. companies to gain access to the Mexican market for the Mining 
Equipment and Mining Services sector.
     Confirm U.S. government support for the promotion of U.S. 
exports to Mexico, a region full of potential opportunity but not yet 
served by a trade mission.
     Organize focused events with local government, business 
and association leaders capable of becoming partners and clients for 
U.S. firms as they develop their business in Mexico.

Mission Scenario

    The mission will stop in Zacatecas, Mexico. In Zacatecas, 
participants will meet with pre-screened potential agents, 
distributors, and representatives, as well as other business partners 
and government officials. They will also attend market briefings by 
United States Embassy officials, as well as networking events offering 
further opportunities to speak with local business and industry 
decision-makers.

                           Proposed Time Table
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May 31........................  Zacatecas........   Arrival.
                                                    Overnight in
                                                    Zacatecas, Mexico.
June 1........................  Zacatecas........   Orientation
                                                    provided by U.S.
                                                    Commercial Service.
                                                    Industry &
                                                    Commercial Briefings
                                                    by U.S. Commercial
                                                    Service and Under
                                                    Secretary of
                                                    Economic
                                                    Development, State
                                                    of Zacatecas.
                                                    Mine site
                                                    tours--underground
                                                    and open pit.
                                                    Networking
                                                    Reception hosted by
                                                    the Governor of
                                                    Zacatecas.
                                                    Overnight in
                                                    Zacatecas.

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June 2........................  Zacatecas........   Individual
                                                    One-on-One Company
                                                    Appointments.
June 3........................  Zacatecas........   Departure.
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Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the Trade Mission to 
Zacatecas, Mexico must complete and submit an application package for 
consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be 
evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy 
the selection criteria as outlined below. Approximately 10-15 companies 
will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. 
U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, as well as U.S. companies 
seeking to enter the Mexican market for the first time, may apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a 
payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation 
fee is required. The fee schedule for the mission is below:
     $2,000 for large firms
     $1,500 for a small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) \4\
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    \4\ 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/contractingopportunities/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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     $700 each additional firm representative
    Expenses for air travel, lodging, some meals, local transportation, 
and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.

Conditions of Participation

    An applicant 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 reject the application, 
request additional information, or take the lack of information into 
account when evaluating the applications. Each applicant must also 
certify that:
     The goods and/or services it seeks to export through the 
mission are either produced in the United States, or, if not, contain 
at least 51% U.S. content;
     The export of its goods, software, technology, and 
services would be in compliance with U.S. export control laws and 
regulations, including those administered by the Department of 
Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security;
     It has identified any matter pending before any bureau or 
office of the Department of Commerce;
     It has identified any pending litigation (including any 
administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that involves the 
Department of Commerce;
     It and its affiliates (1) have not and will not engage in 
the bribery of foreign officials in connection with its involvement in 
this Mission, and (2) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the 
bribery of foreign officials; and
     It meets the minimum requirements as stated in this 
announcement.
    Selection Criteria for Participation: Selection will be based on 
the following criteria, listed in decreasing order of importance:
     Suitability of a company's products or services to the 
Mexican market and the likelihood of a participating company's 
increased exports to or business interests in the target markets as a 
result of this mission;
     Demonstrated export-readiness; and
     Consistency of company's products or services with the 
scope and desired outcome of the mission's goals.
Additional factors, such as balance of company size, type, location, 
and demographics, may also be considered during the review process.

Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications

    Recruitment will begin immediately and conclude no later than 
Friday, April 10, 2015. The Department of Commerce will evaluate 
applications and inform applicants of selection decisions on a rolling 
basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only 
if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

CS Pittsburgh

    Ryan Russell, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. 
Commercial Service Pittsburgh, (412) 644-2817, ryan.russell@trade.gov.

CS Monterrey

    John Howell, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service 
Monterrey, +52 81 8047 3223, john.howell@trade.gov.
    Mario Vida[ntilde]a, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial 
Service Monterrey, +52 81 8047 3118, mario.vidana@trade.gov.

Frank Spector,
International Trade Specialist.
[FR Doc. 2015-01636 Filed 1-28-15; 8:45 am]
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