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2018 U.S.-China Trade Dispute Survey
The U.S.-China trade dispute 2018, which officially started in April, seems not to end anytime soon. On the contrary, they appear to be escalating. The dispute could potentially change the balance of the world economy forever, and as a not-for-profit, non-political trade organization, the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to ascertain the impacts of these trade disputes on U.S. companies and professionals, and to identify what actions, if any, that they are taking or plan to take in response. We hope to use this information to help design and launch initiatives to assist them to navigate the uncertain U.S.-China trade environment.
USCCC is now providing emergency visa and passport processing service for all countries:
China: 48 Hours
Vietnam: Same Day, No Passport, No Invitation Letter
Brazil: 24 Hours
Russia visas – fast service could be same day if invitation is available, can also assist applicants in obtaining invitations
Saudi Arabia – express service as fast as 24 hours
Passport - same day if received by 8:00 AM
Please see "Visa and Passport"
USCCC is now providing free Passport Translation Service as part of document authentication service
Please see "Document Authentication"
Scammers impersonate the Chinese Consulate
I received calls from Chinese speaking callers impersonating the Chinese Consulate and actually almost fell into the trap. After talking to him for a few minutes, I found his statements were conflicting. Further research has confirmed that it was a scam.
Scam to register Asian domain names
We published this scam alert several years ago, and today, we still receive this kind of scam almost once a week. In fact, a few of our members actually paid the "agent" to register those domain names, and as predicted, the "agent" never followed through.
The scam begins with an email, written in English and adressed to the president of the targeted company. They present themselves as accredited Asian registration agents, mainly in China. The scammer notifies the targeted company that one of his/her clients wants to register domain names containing the name of the tartget. For “ethical” reasons,the "agent" offers to register the domain in the name of the target instead of his/her client first. The prices tend to be insignificant. The scammer threatens to proceed with the domain registration for his/her client if the target does not purchase the domain names quickly. Once when the target sends the money, the scammer disappears.
A Tribute to Senator John McCain
The United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce (“USCCC”) and its sister organization, The United States of America-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (“USVCC”) are greatly saddened by the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain.
Senator McCain was a true American hero who served his country with dignity and honor in both his distinguished military and political careers. Despite being made a POW during the U.S.-Vietnam war, Senator McCain became a dear friend of the Vietnamese people and did much to help Vietnam and the United States to harmonize political and trade relations.
“Senator McCain was a classy man,” said Siva Yam, president of the U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, “and he worked tirelessly to help build new bridges and heal the wounds of war between the two countries”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCain family during this most difficult time.
We have recently received many inquiries asking whether a visa is required for American passport holders to go to Thailand for business. There have been a lot of confusion. I did the research, and I received the following message from one of the most senior leaders in Thailand. Based on that, I suggest that all visitors to Thailand for business should get a business visa. USCCC can assist you with your application for obtaining a Thai visa.
According to Thai relevant law American passport holders, who come to Thailand for business related matter even for a very short term e.g. for a meeting, need to apply for non-immigrant visa (Code B visa). The visa exemption is only for the American who come for tourism purposes. However, in practice there are many foreigners from countries which get visa exemption for tourists who come to Thailand for short time business meetings without any visa and do not experience any problem.
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Do you need a visa to go to Thailand for business?
USCCC VISA, PASSPORT, AND DOCUENT AUTHENTICATION SERVICE
One stop document authentication and visa processing not only for China but also for other countries!
Proper traveling documents are essential for international travel. Arguably, your passport is the only legal identity you have when you travel overseas. Information you provided for visa, passport, and document authentication processing could be sensitive and confidential. Unlike other agents, USCCC maintains its physical office in the heart of Chicago that you can visit. In addition, its staff strives for excellency in customer service and will always answer your calls. As a non-profit organization founded by the late Prescott S. Bush, Jr., it is a trusted name. It uses its best efforts to treat all private information in confidence and will limit the use of such information solely for the purported purpose. Its indepth knowledge of global affairs and diplomacy plus extensive contacts with various consulates and embassies allow it to expedite the process when other agents are not in a position to do so. For instance, it offers same day, no physical passport required Vietnam visa processing.
In addition, it has recently added new service to provide one stop document authentication processing for all countries including China, Vietnam, India and other countries. USCCC will obtain certain corporate filings directly from the state and get them authenticated with the proper consulates and embassies. Further, its cost is significantly less than other agents and the process is transparent.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Vietnam Visa - Should I obtain a landing visa as landing visa is fast and does not require tedious paper work?
USCCC suggests that you will apply for a one year loose leaf visa which is arguably faster and simpler plus one year multiple entries. In co-operation with US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Vietnam Embassy to the US, USCCC now offers same day, no passport loose leaf ONE YEAR multiple entries visa to Vietnam.
Thailand Visa - Do I need a visa for a business trip to Thailand?
According to Thai relevant law American passport holders, who come to Thailand for business related matter even for a very short term e.g. for a meeting, need to apply for non immigrant visa (Code B visa). The visa exemption is only for the American who come for tourism purposes. However, in practice there are many foreigners from countries which get visa exemption for tourists who come to Thailand for short time business meetings without any visa and do not experience any problem. However, USCCC advises its members and clients that they should obtain business vsias to be in full compliance with the Thai immigration laws. USCCC provides one-stop, express, inexpensive visa services for all countries.
The following is a summary of the timetable for visa applications for most countries processed by USCCC>
PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS
“Vietnam as the Gateway to Southeast Asia”
Seminar and Networking Breakast
Friday, May 10, 2019
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Austin Chamber of Commerce
535 E 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
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Is Vietnam an Alternative to China?
Siva Yam, President, US-China Chamber of Commerce;
US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce
Kenneth Atkinson, Executive Chariman, Grant Thornton Vienam
Hung Duy Nguyen, Global Sales Director, Honeywell UOP
Brian Krause, VP, Marketing and Communication, Molex
Brad Capes, VP - Global Supply Chain Mgmt, Wahl Clipper Corporation
Time and Date:
April 21, 2019 Time To Be Determined
Program and registration will become available shortly. Meanwhile, please contact Mai Hoang at 312-368-9029 or for any questions.
Seminars and Receptions for Visiting Delegations
In conjunction with U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce ("USVNCC") with the support of Vietnam Embassy in Wahsington DC and various provincial governments, and Becamex IDC, the largest property development company and one of the largest conglomerates in Vietnam, USCCC will lead a 7 trade mission to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Binh Duong for 7 days in May/June. The program is in formation. Additional information will become available in late April. Meanwhile, please contact Mai Hoang at 312-368-9029 or if you have any quetions.
Trade Mission to Vietnam
PAST EVENTS TRANSCRIPTS AND VIDEOS
Keynote Speech at MBAA Anual Convention
Effects of Tariff s on U.S. China Trade
March 28, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
PowerPoint Presentation with Annotations is available for download
Webinar - U.S.-China Trade Dispute
US-China Trade Conference
How Should U.S. Companies Respond to
the 90-Day U.S.-China Trade Truce?
February 6, 2019
Eric Rock, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner
Rock Trade Law LLC
Mike Cleveland, Vice President and General Manager
Govind Arora, Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Sourcing, Snap-on Incorporated
David Newsome, Director of Global Sourcing
NAPA Rayloc & Heavy Vehicle Parts Group
Please click below to download PPT
Video on Demand for the Recording
Password Protected - Please send your request to RSVP@usccc.org. Password will be removed on 5/1/2019 and vidoe will be posted on this website.
20th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference
October 10 & 11, 2019
The Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
Please save the date!
19th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference
“Making Decisions in the New U.S.-China Trade Order”
November 13 & 14, 2018
Chicago, Illinois USA
Electronic version of the conference book is available to conference attendees and USCCC members free. For other, the cost will be $75. Please contaact us at or 312-368-9911.
US-China Trade Conference
Please click to download the PPT File
U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR AND SMALL BUSINESS
Five years ago, USCCC noticed that there was a structural change in the global trade and supply chain and that China’s economy must change (How China’s Economy Must Change (https://thediplomat.com/2012/05/how-chinas-economy-must-change/). It began investigating Vietnam and other emerging countries to better assist U.S. companies in staying competitive in this global market. A sister organization, U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce ("USVNCC") was found. A full-service office in Binh Duong, the emerging manufacturing center in Vietnam was established. One of its affiliates has signed a number of agreements with Becamex IDC (https://www.vir.com.vn/becamex-spearheads-ip-expansion-41880.html), the largest property development company and one of the largest conglomerates in Vietnam to develop a U.S.-Vietnam Industrial Park, an incubator for U.S. and Chinese companies entering Vietnam, and other projects. USCCC and USVNCC have hosted a number of conferences and seminars, led several trade missions to Vietnam, and invited high level leaders from Vietnam to the U.S. As the U.S.-China Trade War is escalating, with some of the largest and best network of companies and professionals, USCCC and USVNCC are re-allocating resources to aid both U.S. and Chinese companies to navigate the current situation to stay competitive.
The organizations will provide the business community especially small business and emerging products the following:
Identify investors including angel investors through its extensive network to proven new ideas and products
Find partners in Asia and the U.S. to make prototypes, co-develop new products, and manufacture small quantity to test the market through mass production
Provide logistics, import compliance and receviable support through its immense network
They also assist companies to mitigate the impacts of U.S.-China trade dispute by utilizing their enormous resources and contacts in the U.S., the Greater China Region, Southeast Asian countries, USCCC and USVNCC will offer the following:
• Update regularly on the latest development of U.S.-China trade war and development in the emerging market
• Organize seminars, events, and webinars to discuss the implications and possible solution
• Develop a strong network to share information and identify deal flows
• Assist companies in:
Relocation of Manufacturing including Site Selection
Provide low cost, high efficiency in-country assistance in China, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand through introduction and direct access to some of the most important decision-makers and professionals and sharing of information that is relevant and factual
Make its Vietnam office available for entry into Vietnam without significant financial commitment