Monday, June 20, 2016

Hannah Joins Core PA on the Mining, Oil & Gas Tour

Posted by: Hannah Copenheaver

World Trade Center Harrisburg partner CORE PA Global hosted a tour for seven journalists to showcase Pennsylvania companies involved in the mining, oil and gas field from June 13 to 17, 2016. The tour took place in the western part of the state, beginning in Berlin and ending in New Castle. Hannah accompanied the tour for the week as a Core PA Representative. 

The tour was CORE PA funded and executed, with additional support from the TEAM PA
Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and Tierney, a public relations firm, whose services were secured through DCED. 

With the "core" region of Pennsylvania having a large, diverse manufacturing history, inviting international journalists to tour the Commonwealth is beneficial for attracting foreign direct investment into the region. They are able to gain first-hand experience, which makes for a stronger story and a lasting connection. The ultimate goal is to send a message to prospective foreign investors that Pennsylvania is a great place to do business.

The attending journalists included:

  • Anthony Barich (Australia)
    • International Coal News, Mining News, Mining Journal, Mining Monthly
  • Gloria Towolawi (U.S)
    • USA Oil and Gas Monitor
  • Margaret Nongo-Okojokwu (Nigeria)
    • Orient Energy Review
  • Peter Darling (UK)
    • Mining WorldLink, Coal International, Mining World
  • Michael Reed (U.S.)
    • Pipeline & Gas Journal
  • Jamie Zachary (Canada)
    • PROCESSWest, IPP&T
  • Arun Kumar Singhal (India)
    • DEW Journal

The tour featured presentations and site visits to the following industry leaders:
Hannah in the model of the shuttle that
rescued the Chilean miners in 2010.

  • Center Rock (Berlin)
    • Provides construction, mining and quarry equipment. 
    • Their equipment was used to save 33 miners trapped in Chile in 2010.
  • Environmental Tank and Container (Johnstown)
    • A leading manufacturer of equipment for the oil and gas industries.
  • Curry Supply (Martinsburg)
    • One of America’s largest manufacturers and dealers of commercial service vehicles.
  • “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems (Brookville)
    • The first private compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station in the state. 
    • The owner converted 16 vehicles to be fueled by CNG, resulting in halved annual fuel costs. 
  • Noise Solutions Inc. (Sharon)
    • North America’s leading provider of engineered industrial noise suppression for the energy sector.
  • Ezeflow Group (New Castle)
    • Mostly works with carbon steel for pipeline work. 
    • A successful, and strategic, move from Texas to Pennsylvania. They have invested over $5 million in the Pennsylvania site since buying the facility in 2011.

Throughout the tour, the journalists also heard keynote presentations from local partners about their respective regions' economic development initiatives and opportunities, leaders and experts from the industry, and other complimentary companies. 

A few of the journalists have already publicized their articles. You can read their reports by clicking here

The group at Blackbird Distillery
Hard hats and boots during the ETC tour
Taking a tour of the vehicles at Curry Supply


SEDA-Council of Governments is the host organization for CORE PA Global, which is an
initiative established to increase the visibility of a 53-county footprint of Pennsylvania to
international and domestic investors. The initiative partners with over 50 economic development organizations and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to attract, retain and grow business and industry in the region. 

Core PA has hosted several tours to date, with this being the second tour with a mining, oil and gas focus. WTC Harrisburg previously participated in the first tour - focused on the food industry - when they came to York, PA in 2014.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Customs Valuation Issues for Imports into China

by WTC Guest Blogger Ted Murphy, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

China recently amended its customs declaration requirements to capture new information that may make it easier for the General Administration of Customs to target potential customs valuation issues.  Specifically, importers are now required to identify whether the buyer and the seller are related; whether that relationship influenced the price charged; and whether the importer is making any royalty payments.  A client alert my colleagues in China prepared on these changes may be found here.

Given the increased scrutiny China Customs has paid to related party transactions and the payment of royalties in recent years, we expect that the new declaration requirements will only intensify this trend.  If you are importing into China, you need to be aware of these issues and be sure they are adequately addressed (e.g., have you confirmed whether royalties are being paid and, if so, whether they are dutiable for customs purposes?).

Ted Murphy
Baker & McKenzie LLP
815 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel:  +1 202 452 7069

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