There are four Texas District Export Councils in Texas, all under a nationwide network of DECs which make a significant contribution to America's international competitiveness. It is a diverse group of volunteer international trade professionals who meet for plenary sessions addressing international issues and awareness. Members are exporters of manufactured products and services, providers of export support services (accounting, finance, legal, transportation, etc.) academia, and leaders of non-profit organizations of state and local government. The majority are from the private sector and their knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice to exporters and to the entire international trade community in Texas, one of the nation's leading exporting states.
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The Basic Guide to Exporting, created by the U.S. Department of Commerce addresses the various issues related to doing business internationally. Read more about it...
The National DEC International Trade Symposium, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on November 8, 2013, featured various topics on international trade policy, including a panel discussion on export control reform in which Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf participated. Seated next to A/S Wolf are two members of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, Beth Ann Johnson and Roy Paulson, the National DEC Chair, who participated on the panel as well. Also pictured is Daniel Ogden, North Texas DEC member and Chair Emeritus of the National DEC.
The Houston DEC had a great outreach event on August 20, 2013, featuring Congressman Pete Olson as our speaker. The Congressman spoke on the importance of exports and trade for the Houston region. With $110 billion in exports, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area became the largest export market in the U.S. in 2012 (http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreports/Houston.pdf). Texas was once again the top exporting state in 2012, making it the 11th year in a row.
On February 28, 2013, National DEC Chair and North Texas DEC member, Daniel Ogden, testified before Congress during a hearing of the House Small Business Trade Subcommittee on the development by the 113th Congress of a small business trade agenda. To watch the hearing, click video. To read Mr. Ogden's written testimony, click testimony.
For more information on the hearing, click hearing.
Current Chair, Shawn Levsen presented a certificate of appreciate to Doug Woodul, past chair in recognition for his two year services as Chair and Winner of DEC of the year.
On October 16th, 2012, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, presented the Texas Camino Real District Export Council (DEC), the 2012 DEC of the Year award. Douglas Woodul, Chair of the DEC, accepted the award on behalf of the DEC at the 2012 National DEC Forum in Washington, D.C.
The DEC web site has been updated to include many new features including social media buttons and an updated calendaring system. Please let us know what features you would like to see in the coming months.