3. Keeping Track of How We Are Doing
Our partner, ITA, is tasked by the U.S. Congress to help U.S. companies be more competitive. One of the proven methods to increasing the health of your firm is to diversify your customer base, which can have the benefit of adding to your bottom line, lead to product improvement and innovative ideas—even in the United States—and better position your firm to ride out future economic downturns. Therefore a good indicator of a firm’s competitiveness is a company’s exports. SEMA and the ITA want to know how we are doing.
Participants receiving these subsidies agree to participate in periodic surveys conducted by SEMA—upon returning to the United States and then quarterly for a one-year period post-event. This information will only be used in the aggregate and as always, proprietary information is never released publicly without your written permission.
(1) The dollar value and number of Middle East- bound export sales (deliveries or contracts for goods or services). Please share any information such as a non-proprietary description of the type of good or service sold, its application, steps you took to make the sale, etc.
(2) Export-related agreements you conclude such as signing an agent or distributor.
(3) Value of any trade complaint or difficulty in getting your product to market you are able to resolve as a result of help from SEMA or ITA
(4) Other relevant information you care to share with us such as staff hired or re-assigned to exporting.
(5) Other examples of your success in developing business in the Middle East.
4. Export Achievement Awards
SEMA members with the highest reported export success in the Middle East through participation in these SEMA initiatives become eligible for recognition by a top Commerce official with an Export Achievement Award certificate.
I agree to the terms of the participation agreement with SEMA as set forth above.