Message to Our Clients
The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all our families, our businesses, and our way of life. During these unprecedented times we'd like to reaffirm our commitment to your business and the entire Northeastern Pennsylvania community.
 
While our physical location is closed, our staff is working from home and ready to serve your business. Specifically, our International Business Program, the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development, and the Pennsylvania Authorized Trade Representatives are still open for your inquiries.
 
While travel bans, trade show cancellations, and quarantines are not ideal for international business development, if your business has the luxury, we encourage you to take some time to plan and strategize for future international growth - research new markets, analyze trade shows, identify new potential partners, check-in with current customers, and simply brainstorm ideas for new business opportunities.
 
Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives are ready to help you research and strategize your international business growth. Please consider engaging the Trade Representatives in all your market development activity, especially now as we all navigate these uncertain times.
 
All of Pennsylvania's international trade offices are available for conference calls. Locally, we are continuing to offer training via webinar and individual client counseling by phone or online meeting. The entire Pennsylvania Export Network is still working and committed to serving you and your business.
 
As a reminder, the Global Access Program (GAP) grant is also available to help internationalize your business. GAP funds can be used for more than just international travel and trade shows. Funds can also be used for website internationalization, international compliance testing, and fees for federal services that directly support exporting.
 
Finally, the NEPA Alliance Finance Team has been sending regular updates pertaining to federal, state, and local resources regarding emergency funding. That information, along with other local data and links, is available at our NEPA Coronavirus HUB Site. There are also many important state resources online including:
Of course, don't forget to check with your local Chamber of Commerce as well.  
 
Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or simply to check-in. Again, we are here to support you as best as possible during these difficult times. We are all in this together! Please stay safe and healthy. We are thinking of you, your families, and your businesses.
International Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Understanding & Negotiating Freight Rates Webinar
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 AM
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This webinar will provide a practical working knowledge of international logistics, supply chain management, documentation, and regulatory issues for current and future exporters and importers.  
 
The program will include an analysis and evaluation of surface, water, air, and intermodal transportation systems within the framework of a total distribution network. It will also  explore trade-offs between transportation and the other components of the distribution system (warehousing, inventory control, communications, packaging, cargo handling, transportation, and logistics) as well as supply chain management.
Doing Business in China and How US-Sino Trade Relations and Policies will Impact Your Business Webinar  
Thursday, March 26, 2020
8:00 AM
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John Evans and Soleil Tong, of the Pennsylvania Trade Representative office in China, will discuss opportunities for doing business in China and provide updates and insights on US-China trade relations as well as the impact of current policies on Pennsylvania business and industry.   Click here for speaker bios.
 
Tractus Asia, Ltd. has been the Authorized Trade Representative for the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development, providing international business development services in the Peoples Republic of China, since June of 2017.
Export Training Programs Survey 
Our goal is to always provide exporting training programs that are relevant and in a format that best suits you and your staff.  We would like to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete our Export Training Programs Survey. Thank you!

 
Upcoming Trade Events 
June 7-12, 2020
Deadline extended to April 6, 2020
 
Your company may qualify for Global Access Program funds to help offset the cost of participating export related activities. Contact Debbie Langan for more information.
Northeastern Pennsylvania companies interested in any of these announcements can contact NEPA's International Program 
for additional information.

Contact: Debbie Langan, Senior Program Manager,
at dlangan@nepa-alliance.org or 570-655-5581, ext. 233

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