The RV Industry Association (RVIA) recently invited personnel from the Department of Commerce (DOC) to visit with members in Elkhart, Ind., to discuss opportunities to expand their companies and investments into Japan, Korea and China.

RVIA News & Insights reported that through an effort supported by the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) — a program designation that RVIA was awarded for the first time in 2012 and is currently under extension through Dec. 31, 2020 — officials from the International Trade Administration, DOC Indiana Office, and Foreign Commercial Services from the U.S. embassies and consulates in China, Korea and Japan have visited Elkhart each year since the association received the designation.

The MDCP allows the RVIA to have a team of DOC officials in D.C., Indiana, China, Korea and Japan dedicated to the association’s efforts whether it is expansion into Asian markets, working within the standards and regulatory processes with governments, market research on local conditions or education to foreign officials about the American RV market.

With these goals in mind, RVIA Director of Asia Affairs Edward Han, DOC Director for the Indiana region Mark Cooper, International Trade Specialist for the Office of Consumer Goods Charlie Rast and Commercial Assistant for DOC Japan Yu Ohashi met with members at Forest River, InTech, Phoenix RV, Chinook RV, Dexter Global and KZ-RV. Interim President Craig Kirby and Vice President of Standards Bruce Hopkins split their time attending meetings to answer questions about the resources that the association can provide as a member benefit as expansion into overseas markets are considered.

With the MDCP status, the RV Industry Association will continue to work on projects promoting U.S. RV standards, lobbying for RV-friendly regulations and advancing member interests in the targeted markets.

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