For our NanoBusiness Alliance Members and Nanotechnology Community at large, I would like to share an opportunity in regard to your export strategy. I will be in Washington, DC on February 9th to attend the U.S. International Trade Commission hearing.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) conduct a 3-phase study looking at the ability of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to export and what trade barriers they may face. In its request letter to the Commission, the USTR stated that “As U.S. trade policies strive to open markets, enforce trade agreements, and support the healthy expansion of trade, it is critical that SMEs benefit as much as possible from exporting goods and services to foreign markets and contribute as much as they can to overall U.S. export growth. To achieve this goal, certain constraints to exports by these firms may need to be removed.” The Commission would like to hear from nanotechnology SMEs who export about what barriers they may have faced in exporting, if the barriers would be considered to be disproportionate to the SMEs versus their larger counterparts, and the role SMEs may play in regard to indirect exports.

Companies and trade organizations have three ways to contribute: (1) they can appear at the hearings (Washington, DC: February 9, 2010, Courtroom B, USITC Building, 500 E Street SW; St. Louis, MO: March 10; and Portland, OR: March 12) but must file requests to appear by the deadline (e.g., January 26, 2010, for the Washington, DC, hearing); (2) they can file a written submission (deadline March 26, 2010), in lieu of or in addition to appearing at the hearing; and (3) they can contact Commission staff. If you have any questions then, please contact Elizabeth Nesbitt, U.S. International Trade Commission, 202-205-3355,

I have attached two documents outlining the program. Please note the deadline to be considered to speak at the February 9th hearing is Tuesday, January 26th. Once again, please contact Elizabeth Nesbitt, U.S. International Trade Commission, 202-205-3355,


Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Alliance

Press release 332 SME 2 inst-1
USTR Request Letter-1