AIT-Baltimore Focuses on International Trade at Inaugural Event

Represented by Independent Contractor John Abell and his location’s Business Operations Manager, the AIT-Baltimore office participated as an exhibitor in the inaugural Maryland/D.C. Celebration of International Trade 2013. Held during International Trade Week on May 21st, the conference was presented by the District Export Council (DEC) of Maryland/D.C. near the Baltimore Washington International Airport. The event boasted a near capacity turnout full of organizations interested in getting together to share their knowledge and experience in international trade to and from the local region.

The conference was designed to facilitate in-depth discussion led by government and industry experts from around the world. The AIT-Baltimore co-workers had the opportunity to meet many regional players that have established themselves as international experts in their respective fields. They also had the opportunity to discuss and explore the transportation needs of area manufacturers who are currently exporting to various regions around the world.

The goal of the event was twofold. The first aim was to help individuals and organizations restore the balance of trade and identify and eliminate barriers to international trade (especially exports) for the United States. The other primary goal was to create full time, permanent and sustainable jobs for the residents of the Maryland/D.C. region.

In addition to attending and participating as exhibitors for their respective organizations, attendees were also able to take in a number of relevant presentations. The conference featured a team of experts assembled to encourage and engage in discussion specifically about regional business challenges. Eight topics were addressed by manufacturing representatives, government leaders and experts from legal, financial and transportation disciplines:

• Manufacturing U.S. Exports
• Exporting U.S. Services
• International Trade Finance
• Exporting Guidelines
• Mitigating Risk in the International Market
• Government Resources and Services for Exporters
• International Logistics
• Financial and Tax Considerations

Abell commented on the conference stating, "Time will only tell how successful it really was; we have a couple dozen leads to follow up on. We also have the opportunity to put our first foot forward in starting relationships with organizations that can help AIT-Baltimore move in a more positive direction with the exporting community."

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