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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK CHAIRMAN PROMOTES U.S. EXPORTS TO INDIA

FROM:  U.S. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK 
Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg Visits India to Promote Made-in-America Exports

Washington, D.C. – Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank) Chairman Fred P. Hochberg is visiting India this week to promote made-in-America exports in support of U.S. jobs.

“The U.S. and India share complementary aspirations when it comes to our economic future,” said Chairman Hochberg. “When quality American goods and services are deployed to buyers in India, their nation benefits from increased capacity and a reliable foundation for long-term economic growth—and the U.S. benefits by creating new jobs back home.”

Today, Chairman Hochberg delivered comments at a roundtable hosted by the U.S.-India Business Council, where he discussed energy growth, especially when it comes to the renewable energy sector, and infrastructure expansion in India and what role U.S. companies can play in both. He also addressed similar subjects at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry later in the day.

In addition, Chairman Hochberg held a lunch with Indian businesswomen, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities they have in starting and growing a business in the country.

Throughout his trip, Chairman Hochberg has also taken the opportunity to highlight how Ex-Im Bank’s financing tools have enabled American businesses both large and small to export their products to India.

Some examples include:

Polyguard, of Ennis, Texas, employs 120 people and manufactures corrosion-preventing and waterproof linings for industrial processes and pipelines. The company utilizes Ex-Im trade credit insurance and is exporting to 34 countries. Since making use of Ex-Im insurance, the company’s export sales have increased by more than 230 percent.

Preferred Popcorn of Chapman, Nebraska is a small-business vendor that exports popcorn, concessions supplies, and coconut oil to India and other international markets. Started in 1998, the company currently employs 40 people in Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. Since its founding, the company has relied upon Ex-Im Bank products and now fills orders in 60 countries around the globe. As a consistent policy holder of Ex-Im Bank export credit insurance, Preferred Popcorn has watched its sales mount to $43 million, 50 percent of which are export-related. Moreover, Ex-Im Bank support has translated into approximately 25 new jobs.

Tomorrow, Chairman Hochberg will attend and give keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Technology Summit. The Summit will be an opportunity for businesses, research institutions and government agencies from both countries to exchange ideas and forge new partnerships to increase trade and investment in the knowledge sector. Chairman Hochberg’s remarks will focus on the mutual benefits that can be realized by choosing quality U.S. goods and American innovation.