National US - Arab Chamber of Commerce

  • About the Chamber

    The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce was established nearly 50 years ago and is America’s longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business.  With offices in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and its headquarters in Washington DC, NUSACC covers the nation from coast-to-coast and is the only entity in the United States with official recognition conferred by the League of Arab States and the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.  This unique designation provides NUSACC with unparalleled access to U.S. and Arab embassies, high-level government officials, senior business leaders, and chambers of commerce in the United States and throughout the 22 nations of the Arab world.

    NUSACC regularly offers companies exclusive opportunities to sponsor a wide variety of events that promote U.S.-Arab business and investment opportunities. NUSACC maintains connections with over 25,000 companies interested in trade between the Arab World and the United States, and the vast majority of these entities are small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) based in the United States. At the same time, the fastest growing segment of NUSACC’s membership is Fortune 500 companies, many of which have joined NUSACC as Platinum members in recent years.  We invite you to join the Chamber and sponsor one of our upcoming events.

     

    Board of Directors

    WASHINGTON DC (HEADQUARTERS)

    David Hamod – President & CEO

    Ambassador (ret.) Gordon Gray - Executive Vice President

    Amin Salam - Vice President, Business Development

    Nazha Benchaln - Director of Trade Services

    HOUSTON OFFICE

    Sheila Lavallies - Certification Officer

    LOS ANGELES OFFICE

    Huda Salman - Administration Coordinator

    SALT LAKE CITY OFFICE

    Cynthia Douglass – Director, Director of Communications, Director of the Professional Development Initiative (www.pdi-nusacc.org)

    ARAB BOARD MEMBERS

    H.E. Dr. Altaher Musabah Al Kindi Al Marar

    H.E. Senator Nael Raja Al-Kabariti

    H.E. Said Bin Saleh Al-Kiyoumi

    H.E. Abdalla Sultan Al-Owais

    Mr. Mohammed Al-Shroogi**

    H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammad Al-Thani

    Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar**

    H.E. Khalil Masoud Mahfud

    Mr. Alex Shalaby

    Mr. Salim Zeenni

     

    AMERICAN BOARD MEMBERS

    Mr. Don De Marino**

    Mr. Monir Barakat

    Mr. Nofal Barbar**

    Gen. (ret.) James Jamerson

    Dr. Harbo Jensen**

     

    HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

    H.E. Ghassan Ahmed Al-Sulaiman

    H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi

    H.E. Adnan Kassar

    H.E. Salah Ahmed Hamed Sarhan

     

    Vision & Mission

    What we do and who we serve

    On a daily basis, NUSACC works closely with government and private sector leaders throughout the Arab World, as well as high-level decision makers in the U.S. business community, public policy research centers (“think tanks”), multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), media, and the U.S. Government.

    With this in mind, NUSACC is uniquely positioned to link business entities in the United States to their counterparts throughout the Arab world.

    -      Leading Trade Missions to the Middle East and North Africa

    -      Supporting International Trade Through Commercial Diplomacy

    -      Promoting U.S. Investment in the Middle East

    -      Encouraging Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

    -      Serving as an Advocate for the American and Arab Business Communities.

    -      Promoting U.S.-Arab Business & Economic Cooperation.

     

    Activities & Services

    The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce currently provides a number of services designed to promote U.S.-Arab business and investment relations. Please use the menu to learn more.

     

    Arabic Services

    NUSACC provides cost-effective expert document translations in a timely manner and translations of passports to assist in obtaining Arab visas.

     

    Bids/Leads/Tenders

    NUSACC compiles a directory of current business opportunities offered by both companies and governments.

     

     

     

    Certification Services

    NUSACC assists U.S. exporters to the Arab world with all their certification and legalization needs. NUSACC verifies that all necessary documents are complete and correct prior to submission to Arab Embassies and Consulates and ensures conformity with regulations required by these embassies for exports shipped to the Arab World.

     

    Research

    NUSACC provides a range of research services designed to support U.S. and Arab business leaders, including due diligence and strategic intelligence, business resources, market research, and entrepreneur & incubation services.

     

    Membership Opportunities

    NUSACC is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization (501-c-6) with a membership that consists of U.S. and Arab businesses representing a wide range of sectors.  The Chamber works with more than 25,000 companies.  Most of these are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but NUSACC also includes numerous Fortune 500 companies among its members.

     

    Membership is available to companies, institutions, and associations. All employees of member entities enjoy the benefits of membership.  All publications, announcements, research, and special reports, for example, may be distributed to any employees of member entities.  Membership is based on a 12-month cycle, renewable annually.   There are three levels of membership: Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Plus.

     

    Membership Benefits

    Gold Level Membership ($2,500)

    Information Benefits

    Website: content is available through the Chamber’s website (www.nusacc.org), including U.S.-Arab trade data reports on U.S. exports to the Arab world.

     

    Exposure Benefits

    Business Development: NUSACC routinely organizes trade missions, roundtables, business-to-business sessions and other opportunities for the benefit of its members.

    International Networks: Members tap into an existing network of U.S. and foreign embassies, senior government officials, business leaders, and chambers of commerce.

    Referrals: Members make connections with other NUSACC member organizations resulting in referrals through their involvement.

    Member Discounts: Members receive discounts on the registration fees and other associated expenses for all NUSACC sponsored delegations.

    Service Benefits

    • Partnership Opportunities for co-hosting member events.
    • Certification Services: Commercial certification takes place in each of the four NUSACC offices located throughout the United States.
    • Translation Services: English-to-Arabic and Arabic-to-English translation services are available.

     

    Platinum Level Membership ($5,000)

    Receive all Gold Membership benefits plus the following benefits:

    -      Events: Receive complimentary access and VIP seating for all NUSACC events, including those with U.S. decisions makers and Arab dignitaries.

    -      Executive Advisory Services: Members benefit from notification of select U.S. and Arab business opportunities, including a dedicated one-on-one analysis from senior NUSACC staff.

    -      Travel Assistance: Visa assistance and travel guidance is available to Platinum members when preparing to travel the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, including cultural awareness and sensitivity training upon request.

     

    Platinum-Plus Level Membership ($15,000)

    Four Pillars

    Access

    • Providing access to top decision makers in the United States and the Arab world.
    • NUSACC opens doors to leaders in the U.S. and Arab business communities, the U.S. Government, Arab governments, professional associations, think tanks, multilateral entities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the like.

    Advocacy

    • Serving as an advocate for the American and Arab business communities.
    • The government relations team at NUSACC leads the way in promoting U.S.-Arab commercial interests by presenting testimony, drafting white papers, covering hearings, and generating special relations among U.S. and Arab governments and businesses.

    Business Facilitation

    • Promoting good ethics and well-informed business decisions.
    • The NUSACC team offers a range of services designed to help U.S. and Arab business leaders, including Certification Services, Standards Services, Research Services, Translation Services, Training Services, and Trade & Investment Services.

     

    Professional Advancement

    • Fostering business development and networking opportunities.
    • In Washington DC, around the United States, and throughout the Arab world, NUSACC and its partners host high-level roundtable discussions, seminars, conferences, workshops, and other events designed to generate U.S.-Arab business opportunities.

     

     

     

    Initiatives

    FOREIGN TRADE DATA

    On a yearly basis, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) prepares U.S.-Arab trade data, which provides a wealth of information regarding exports from the United States to the Arab World. These data are presented from numerous perspectives such as top exports by state, top country trading partners by state, top state trading partners by country, and top imports by country. They are compiled using annual releases of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

     

    DOMESTIC TRADE DATA

    On a yearly basis, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) prepares U.S.-Arab trade data, which provides a wealth of information regarding exports from the United States to the Arab World. These data are presented from numerous perspectives such as top exports by state, top country trading partners by state, top state trading partners by country, and top imports by country. They are compiled using annual releases of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

     

    Relationships Network

    U.S. Goods Exports to the Arab World Dipped in 2015

    Despite Mixed Forecast for 2016, Export Prospects Remain Promising.

    Washington, DC – According to new U.S. Government data analyzed by the National U.S.- Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), exports of U.S. goods to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region fell in 2015 to $67.4 billion from $71.4 billion in 2014, a decline of 5.6 percent. This is the first time since 2010 that sales of U.S. goods to the MENA region declined, largely reflecting the widespread impact of slumping oil prices.

    David Hamod, President and CEO of NUSACC, acknowledged the challenging environment, but he remains optimistic over the long-term. “As governments in the region redouble their efforts to meet the needs of their citizens, Arab public and private sector leaders recognize that U.S. products and services are synonymous with quality and value,” Hamod said. “Infrastructure development continues to be a top priority throughout the region, and U.S. companies excel in this field. We are also seeing a surge in such service-oriented sectors as education, training, and health care.”

    Hamod concluded, “Despite the challenges facing the region, America’s commitment to the Arab world remains rock solid.”

    Trends Affecting the MENA Region

    U.S. exports to the 22 Arab countries in the MENA region saw a general decline in 2015, with the exception of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Somalia. Exports to the two largest markets in the Arab world – the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – increased four percent and five percent, respectively. Exports to the rest of the region showed more volatility, with some going up (led by Djibouti) and others going down (led by Libya, which declined by 59 percent).

    U.S. exporters faced several challenges in 2015. The biggest of these revolved around the continued decrease in the price of oil. The drop in energy revenues prompted a slowdown in expenditures by governments in the region, which translated into fewer sales opportunities for U.S. companies. Continued hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the United States sustained the downward pressure on oil prices, as did Iran’s gradual re-entry into the energy marketplace.

    The strength of the U.S. dollar continued to put pressure on the price competitiveness of U.S. goods in overseas markets. In an article written for The Wall Street Journal, Kate Davidson reported last year that “two out of three big U.S. exporters – those with at least one-fourth of their total sales overseas – said the appreciation of the dollar has had a negative impact on their businesses.”

    Certain countries in the region, especially those that have been heavily affected by the Arab Spring and its aftermath, are having an outsized impact on U.S. exporters. American defense and security companies saw their sales rise sharply in 2015, but many U.S. exporters took a hit.

    Regional instability – including the war in Yemen – added to MENA budgetary woes, reducing the amount of discretionary spending available for existing or envisaged infrastructure projects. In the same spirit, the battle against extremists in such nations as Libya, Syria, and Iraq is having a negative “ripple effect” throughout the region and beyond. The refugee crisis in Europe is one manifestation of this ripple effect, and the threat of terrorism inspired by extremist groups is also tamping down some prospects for economic development and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the MENA region.

    “Top Ten” Export Destinations in the Arab World

    The top five destinations for U.S. goods remained unchanged from previous years, led by the United Arab Emirates ($22.98 billion), Saudi Arabia ($19.7 billion), Egypt ($4.7 billion), Qatar ($4.2 billion), and Kuwait ($2.8 billion).

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries accounted for 79 percent of U.S. goods exports to the Arab world, with a total of $53.3 billion in sales. Together, the top two export destinations – the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – accounted for 69 percent of total U.S. goods exports to the Arab world.

    While the “Top Five” MENA export destinations remained unchanged from last year, the “Second Five” experienced some reshuffling. Oman (‎$2.4 billion) surged to #6 for the first time ever. Iraq ($1.97 billion) maintained its position at #7, and Algeria ($1.9 billion) fell two spots to #8, largely as a result of plummeting energy prices. Rounding out the Top Ten were U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) nations, Morocco ($1.6 billion) and Jordan ($1.4 billion).

    The Top Ten Destinations for U.S. Exports to the Arab World

    • United Arab Emirates
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Egypt
    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
    • Oman
    • Iraq
    • Algeria
    • Morocco
    • Jordan

    Transportation equipment – led by Boeing – remained the largest category of goods exported to the Arab world, totaling approximately $25 billion in sales. This constituted more than one-third (37 percent) of total U.S. exports to the Arab world in 2015.

    Transportation Equipment was joined in the Top Five Sectors by Machinery [Excluding Electrical] ($8.8 billion, thirteen percent), Computer and Electronic Products ($6.6 billion, 9.8 percent), Chemicals ($4.1 billion, six percent), and Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components ($3.1 billion, 4.6 percent). Three of the Top Five sectors -- Machinery [Excluding Electrical], Computer and Electronic Products, and Chemicals -- experienced some decline from their respective 2014 numbers, while Transportation Equipment and Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components increased from their 2014 numbers.

     

    Top Three Exporting States

    The Top Three exporting states to the Arab world remained unchanged, with Texas continuing to hold onto the top spot. Texas generated $10.3 billion in exports in 2015, down from $11.3 billion in 2014. The top category of exports from Texas was Machinery [Excluding Electrical], which accounted for a quarter of the state’s total exports to the Arab world. Number two on the list was the State of Washington, exporting $8.3 billion in 2015, up seven percent from 2014 levels. Rounding out the top three exporting states was California, with $5.2 billion in exports, representing a drop of 8.1 percent from 2014 levels.

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