Event Recap: 19th Annual International Trade Conference

posted by Katrina Chan

This year marks the WTC Harrisburg's 19th Annual International Trade Conference, held at Reading, PA. The conference theme was "Celebrating Export Excellence in Berks County!", to recognize and showcase successful local exporters from across the region.

Every year, the WTC Harrisburg holds the International Trade Conference, because we recognize the importance for local exporters to establish the right connections, have easy access to available resources, and to have a clear understanding of the current state of our economy in relation to how that affects different industries.

The event started at 8.30am, with a total of 60 attendees. The morning session, "Agony or Ecstasy", was presented by Dave Hanson of Fulton Financial Advisors who gave a lively overview of the state of our global economy and how that ties to the US economy.

The four breakout sessions that followed the morning keynote presentation were:

Effective Strategies for Global …

Netherlands Day in Harrisburg

posted by Katrina Chan

The World Trade Center Harrisburg and Stevens & Lee/Griffin International, LLC collaborated in organizing a morning roundtable to host Ambassador Henne Schuwer, Consul General Dolph Hogewoning and his delegation from the Netherlands. The event was held on April 30, 2018, as part of a celebration of King’s Day and the proclamation of “Netherlands Day in PA”.

The Netherlands has a strong trade presence in Pennsylvania. Ambassador Schuwer and his delegation from the Netherlands came to Harrisburg to further strengthen that longstanding relationship and discuss the strong economic bond that exists between Netherlands and PA.

The day started at 10am with a business and economic roundtable discussion with local companies from Central Pennsylvania that conduct business in the Netherlands.  This was a good opportunity for companies to meet with the Dutch Ambassador and his senior staff and discuss business opportunities in the Netherlands.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack hosted…

What You Need to Know About the New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

posted by Tina Weyant

Yesterday, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation regarding the imports of steel, and a second Proclamation regarding the imports of aluminum.  
A 25% additional duty on steel and a 10% additional duty on aluminum products will become effective on March 23, 2018 for all countries, except Mexico and Canada for now.

Steel Articles
Steel articles are defined with reference to the following U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule's  6-digit subheadings: 7206.10 through 7216.50 7216.99 through 7301.10 7302.10 7302.40 through 7302.90 7304.10 through 7306.90  Aluminum Articles
Aluminum articles are defined as follows: HTS 7601 - unwrought aluminum HTS 7604  - aluminum bars, rods, and profilesHTS 7605 - aluminum wireHTS 7606 and 7607 - flat rolled aluminum products, including plate, sheet, strip, and foilHTS 7608 and 7609 - aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70 -  aluminum castings and forgings  These rules include any…

Recap: 4th Annual State of the Ports Address

posted by Katrina Chan

WTC Harrisburg successfully hosted its Annual State of the Ports Address on 22 February at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel. 
The State of the Ports Address was the perfect opportunity for companies who wanted to expand internationally to get to know their local port authorities and to network with different business who also attended the event.

This year's speakers were Marie Byers, Dominic O'Brien and Scott Merlo from Harrisburg International Airport, Phila Port, Customs and Border Protection. 

Our speakers presented very informative, useful updates about the Philadelphia port as well as additional knowledge to makes it easier for local companies to understand the importing and exporting process. Attendees found the event to be very insightful and useful, especially companies within the manufacturing business who plan on expanding their business internationally. 

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners:
Gold: Foreign-Trade Zone 147

Silver: Fu…

2017 Recap: Annual Holiday Luncheon and Reception

Posted by Katrina Chan

The World Trade Center Harrisburg team hosted the annual holiday luncheon on December 1st at the Out Door Country Club, York, PA for board members, members and sponsors. The luncheon started with an opening reception and light refreshments were served.

Tina Weyant presented the opening speech, highlighting key events that happened in 2017 - one big update being the move from York to the new Harrisburg World Trade Center Building.

This luncheon marked Jan Kreidler's last event as an employee of the WTC. Jan has been diligently working at the World Trade for the past 15 years. All of us at the World Trade Center will miss her, but we wish her all the best with retirement.

For this year's holiday luncheon, intern Katrina Chan delivered a lively and informative presentation about holiday customs and gift giving traditions in Malaysia.

For more information about Malaysia, the link to her presentation is here (including video links).

The luncheon ended with a …

Bringing the World to PA 2017

Posted by Katrina Chan, Intern

This past week, The World Trade Center Harrisburg  in conjunction with the Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development hosted the 18th annual Bringing the World to PA . The event kicked-off at 7:30AM on Thursday, September 14, 2017 with registration which was followed by breakfast.

Appointments with PA’s Trade Offices:
PA’s authorized trade representatives meet with local firms eager to expand and grow their businesses. Companies had the opportunity to meet one on one with trade representatives throughout the day to discuss international market opportunity and map out a strategy that was custom fit to their respective businesses. These representatives cover 47 different international markets for Pennsylvania. 

All of Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives include:

Australia/New Zealand....Ms. Angela Foley Canada.......................Ms. Nancy Ward Central/Eastern Europe….Ms. Pavlina Becvarova China.........................Mr. Ni…

International Trade Conference 2017 Recap

Posted by Emilie Smetak, Intern

This year marked our 18th annual trade conference, All Bets Are Off: Navigating a Changing Global Environment!The conference was hosted on May 25th in York, and speakers included government officials, finance advisors, business leaders and policy directors. Recaps of the presentations are provided below. We hope to see you next year!

“Making Trade Agreements Work For You!” Policy Director Brian Woodward, Office of Trade AgreementsNegotiations and Compliance (TANC), and president of Klinge Corporation Allan Klinge spoke on the many services provided by TANC and the ability for businesses to tap into these resources. Woodward described TANC’s expertise in areas relating to competition, import licensing, government procurement and state-owned enterprises, as well as the diplomatic/advocacy tools available. Klinge detailed how his refrigeration company reached out to TANC when faced with trading concerns and was impressed with the speed in which they receiv…