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New Standards Portal Focuses on U.S.-China Trade

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2006

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Contact: Michael Baum
301-975-2763

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), have launched a “Standards Portal" that will facilitate the trade of goods and services between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

Standardization issues rank sixth among the top 10 concerns of U.S. companies doing business in China, because compliance with standards can be a prerequisite for gaining access to foreign markets. The Standards Portal contains dual-language (Mandarin and English) educational materials on the structure, history and operation of the United States and Chinese standards systems; a database of 2,000 standards (1,000 from each nation) considered vital to successful trade between the two nations; and access to nearly 300,000 other national, regional and international standards and guidelines.

For more details, see www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/US-China_standards_portal.htm.