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the region's premier international network.
WTA's International Business Series:
Hot Topics in Trade Update

The one constant in international trade is change and MMAC's World Trade Association does its best to keep members current on regulations. On Thursday, October 20, Husch Blackwell hosted WTA's "Hot Topics in Trade," where Jennifer Jin of Husch Blackwell, Paul Eversman of Associated Bank and Brian Bourke of SEKO Logistics dissected three current issues impacting global trade.
Trans-Pacific Partnership
Projected economic trends
(Safety of Life at Sea)
Jennifer Jin explained how the world's largest free trade agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), affects the United States; and more specifically, how it affects Wisconsin's economy. $12.6 billion of Wisconsin goods are exported to TPP countries a year. With such a large economic and strategic impact, government officials and trade experts stress the importance for increased transparency and standardization.
Paul Eversman projected economic trends for each major U.S. trading partner and identified how cultural and political factors can lead to financial instability. Because most international markets run 24/7, fluctuations result in real-time economic shifts.
Brian Bourke deflated a lot of the hype surrounding SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and illustrated how miscommunication between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and ports resulted in "much to do about nothing." The goal of the SOLAS was to protect people at sea and prevent loss of life; however, the regulation fell short due to lack of oversight on weight requirements and clear enforcement protocols.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. hosting trade venture to India Nov. 12-22

India has been enjoying a high growth rate of over 7% in recent years.  With a majority of its 1.2 billion population under 35, India is poised for even greater growth. It is also a land of under-developed infrastructure and multiple barriers to entry. Consider joining WEDC Executive Director Mark Hogan on this unique trade venture. >>>More information
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WTA Quarterly Compliance Roundtable & Company Tour

Friday, November 11

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Bentley World Packaging
4080 N. Port Washington Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Compliance is an ever changing issue that affects most areas of your business, including logistics & shipping, legal & financial, sales & marketing.  We make it easy to keep up on the latest rules and regulations by providing a forum for international business professionals to share best practices on trade compliance topics, and ultimately, the consequences of being non-compliant.

7:30 - 8:00AM
Registration, continental breakfast and networking
8:00 - 9:00AM
Introductions & lead topic: ISPM 15 wood packaging requirements, unique or country specific packaging requirements, followed by open discussion/topics
9:00 - 10:00AM
 Facility Tour
Parking will be along the south side of the building. Enter the building through the door facing the south. Watch for signage.

WTA member/$20.00
WTA Non-member/$35.00

The Global Economy, Post-Election
Thursday, December 1
Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
323 East Wisconsin Ave. - Milwaukee, WI 53202

Chime in on the discussion of where the world economy is headed in 2017. Enjoy networking with your international peers over appetizers and cocktails.

Wisconsin International Trade Conference
Save the date for our biggest event of the year!

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee
Webinars supplement WTA programs

Can't make it to another meeting? Always on the road or in the air? WTA hosts educational webinars at no cost to members!

This summer we explored the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a 3-part series, highlighting the emerging issues with the FCPA and guidance on what you can do today to minimize the risk of enforcement actions and to mitigate potential consequences.

Thanks to our expert speakers from Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn and EthiEffects. You can access the webinars on our website here FCPA Webinars 
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Export Management Compliance Program

Need assistance compiling or updating your company's compliance manual? Check out this WCTC program for WTA members presented by Sue Dragotta, lead instructor, WCT's Global Business Program.

Friday, December 9 
9:00am - 3:00 pm 
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