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Trade Development

Helping Importers and Exporters Connect

New England Trade Development Summit - October 3, 2012

Held at the world renown New Bedford Whaling Museum, the second annual Trade Summit was a dynamic and informative event with over 100 attendees which included State Senator Thomas McGee, chair of the Transportation Committee, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, a large Mexican delegation, Mexican produce exporters, produce buyers from New England and Canada, representatives from government agencies and exporters from New England.

Building on the Sister Port Agreement with Tuxpan, Mexico and the Port of New Bedford, this year's Summit focused on introducing a cost effective direct shipping service between the two countries, Meximar.

Another goal was to get the buyers and sellers talking.  According to Ed Anthes-Washburn, the Summit's organizer and the Director of Operations for the Port of New Bedford, “Last year’s Summit started the dialogue. What a difference a year has made to help us get the right people in the room so they can make the deals. Fifteen producers from Mexico are here to meet with US and Canadian grocery chains and produce suppliers, like Sid Wainer & Sons. It’s exciting to think of what’s possible when you have government support opening the gates.”

We wish to thank our Admiral Sponsor: Maritime International, Inc.

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Port Signs International Sister Port Agreement

The Port of New Bedford hosted a Press Conference on Tuesday, July 11, 2012 to announce and sign the Port’s first:International Sister Port Agreement with the Port of Tuxpan in Veracruz, Mexico

This joint Port collaboration is a public/private partnership and represents a huge opportunity for the City of New Bedford and the SouthCoast. It positions the Port of New Bedford to become a hub for international produce destined for New England and Eastern Canada. State and local government officials from the United States and Mexico spoke about the expectations of this significant agreement. Press Release

New England Trade Summit - 2011
The first annual Summit in October 2011 was thought-provoking and dynamic.
See the agenda, presentations and learn about the accomplished speakers below:


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