Specific Services Offered
- Host an informational interactive website portal which will provide current resources, links and data to current information, trade statistics, and sources of assistance.
- Email blasts and direct mail outs to disseminate relevant trade information, leads, and opportunities.
- Seminars and workshops sponsored by FFI, MDA, and MEAC. Examples include “Export 101”, “Shipping Documents Requirements”, etc.
- Access to Export Assistance Programs available through the US Dept of Commerce.
- Access to participation in trade shows, trade missions, and individualized trade partner appointments in many other countries.
- Recruit international buyers to Tupelo Furniture Market.
- Interactive assistance with specific trade questions. International business students at Mississippi State University and trade specialists at MDA and MSEAC will be called upon for assistance with specific international trade issues.
- List of banks friendly to international trade.
- Work with the MSU College of Business and Industry to link international business interns to furniture manufacturers who can benefit from student assistance.
- Visits by trade specialists from MDA and MSEAC, and by FFI to furniture manufacturers seeking export assistance and guidance.
- Access to international trade specialists in other countries through MDA and US Dept of Commerce.
Current Market Spotlight: Turkey
- Strategically positioned at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a high priority market for the U.S. Total bilateral U.S.-Turkey merchandise trade reached an all-time record of nearly $20 billion in 2011, a 34% increase over the previous year. Turkey's rapidly expanding economy, along with its growing political and economic stability, has attracted the attention of a variety of American companies. A long-term ally of the U.S. and a charter member of NATO with strong links to global institutions, Turkey's growing import market and positive brand appeal of "Made in the USA" products, services and technologies have made the U.S. a $10 billion market for American exporters.
- Turkey has the world's 17th largest nominal GDP and has gradually opened up its markets through economic reforms by reducing government controls on foreign trade and investment. Turkey's growing economy and diplomatic initiatives have led to its recognition as a regional power.
- Across many sectors, U.S. exporters have excellent immediate and medium-term prospects in Turkey's diverse market. U.S. and Turkish businesses have generally proven very successful in a range of sectors, including agent/distributor relationships, joint venture partners and other representation arrangements. Small, medium and large companies have made strong and lasting partnerships with qualified Turkish companies. The U.S.-Turkey Business Council, made up of senior-level executives from the United States and Turkey, provides joint policy recommendations to both governments on ways to strengthen economic relations between the countries' businesses.