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…

The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment

Posted by Jillian McCue, Intern

Have you ever wondered how much Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been invested in the Southcentral PA region? In 2016, our region had 898 foreign owned companies operating in the area who employed 71,519 employees!
We were able to pull together regional level as well as county level data for both, number of foreign owned companies and the number of personnel employed by those foreign owned companies, from recent data from Dun & Bradstreet.

The report focuses in detail on the impact of FDI for our region’s eight counties, as well as how our region compares to the others within the state. AdamsBerksCumberlandDauphinFranklinLancasterLebanonYork

Southcentral was the third highest-ranking region based on number of foreign owned companies and number of employees of foreign owned companies (behind Southeast which has the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and Southwest which has the Pittsburgh metropolitan area)The number of employees of foreign owned compani…

Southcentral PA's 2015 MSA Report

Posted by Brittany Fleisher, Intern

Each year following the International Trade Administrations’ release of their “Metropolitan Export Series” data, we summarize the information for our region. The southcentral region of Pennsylvania encompasses seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). These seven MSAs grew their exports by $2.3 billion since 2010, reaching a total of $8.8 billion in 2015 that accounted for 22.4% of the total share of Pennsylvania’s exports. Since 2005, export sales for our region have increased by over 159%. 
Metropolitan Statistical Area 2005 Ranking out of 371 U.S. MSA’s 2005 Total Export Sales 2014 Ranking out of 386 U.S. MSA’s 2014 Total Export Sales 2015 Ranking out of 386 U.S. MSA’s 2015 Total Export Sales Harrisburg-Carlisle 127 $824.1 M 79 $3.053 B 78 $2.926 B York-Hanover 95 $1.288 B 102 $2.024 B 95 $2.076 B Reading 151