Thursday, June 6, 2019

Event Recap: 20th Annual International Trade Conference

posted by Arop Monywiir

This year WTC Harrisburg's 20th International Trade Conference was held at the Eden Resort in  Lancaster, PA. The conference started with a morning panel discussion regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) and featured Alicia Kerber Palma, Consul General of Mexico in Philadelphia, Khawar Nasim, Deputy Consul General of Canada in New York, Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business and Industry, Joe Monenegro, Government Affairs Counsel, PA Farm Bureau, and Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America. The panel was moderated by Joe Burke, Deputy Secretary, PA DCED, Office of International Business Development.

 The breakfast panel was followed by two tracks of breakout sessions:

A1: Why Your Small Business Should Care About GDPR, by Don Geiter, Barley Snyder
A2: Food Exports: Roundtable and Resources, by Haley Dack and Deborah Ingravallo, Food Export USA Northeast, Tom Mainzer, PA Department of Agriculture and Christa Mummau, PA DCED, Office of Int'l Business Development


B1: Identifying and Managing Distributors, by Tony Pu, U.S. Commercial Service, Philadelphia and Joshua Cohen, McNees Wallace & Nurick
B2: Export Finance Programs, Regina Gordin, EXIM Bank of USA, Theo Samuels-Hunte, Small Business Administration, Matt Blyth, Fulton Bank and Moderator Amy Sahm, Fulton Bank

The luncheon theme was celebrating export excellence and featured a panel of three local companies.

Karolyn Warfel of Woodstream, Bryan Muzyka of Advanced Cooling Technologies and Christopher Tarsa of C.L. Sturkey. The panel was moderated by Matt Buffington of UPS. 

Thank you to our exhibitors and attendees; we hope to see you next year!

And a special thank you to our sponsors:

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Strategic Partner Organizations:

To view and download fact sheets on the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) and NAFTA's impact on trade in southcentral Pennsylvania - Click Here

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