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Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to a new year of programming and networking with members of MMAC's World Trade Association. We kicked off this fall with a social event featuring China Lights at the Boerner Botanical Gardens this past Tuesday, October 4. The festival showcases more than 400 light displays of dragons, floating lanterns and pagodas. Metro Milwaukee is one of 100 stops on the world-wide tour of this spectacle. Weren't able to make the event? The festival runs through October. More details: China Lights

Our next event will shed light on a number of international "hot topics." WTA members will provide their unique insights on the issues of the The Trans-Pacific Partnership, fluctuations in the exchange rates for the British Pound and Mexican Peso and the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement implemented in July by SOLAS has impacted shippers worldwide. >>Register

The rest of the year will include roundtable discussions specifically for compliance professionals and manufacturers (bring your tough questions!), on-going webinars, a global economic outlook in December, and of course, our capstone event of the year, the 2017 Wisconsin International Trade Conference. Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 10 at the Wisconsin Center!

As always, please contact me if you have ideas for programs, are looking for a specific international resource or need to make a peer connection.

Word Trade Association Executive Director

WTA Fall Social - Celebrating the Chinese Lantern Festival

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. India is an attractive and challenging market. Consider joining WEDC Executive Director Mark Hogan on this unique trade venture. >>>More information
Mexican Consulate opens in Milwaukee

The new Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee opened its doors to the public on July 1, 2016. This  event was highlighted by a visit by Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexican Secretary of External Relations. The honorable Ruiz Massieu (at right) is Mexico's equivalent to the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.  Visit Consulado de México en Milwaukee for a list of services. 

The Milwaukee location is located at 1433 N. Prospect Ave.
New WTA board members ready
to take on 2016-17

Welcome Christina Blanchard, International Support Manager with RBP Chemical, Susa Siy, Ameridge International, international business consultant to the WTA Board, and Sarah Azar, Project Manager, Certified Customs Specialist with M.E. Dey.

RBP Chemical
Christina, an International Customer Support Manager in the company's technology print division, has been with RBP Chemical since 1996.  She manages exports for 3 divisions to 90 accounts in 32 countries. She develops strong relationships with freight forwarders to ensure smooth exports and supports the International Sales Team and other departments involved with International Business transactions.

Ameridge International
Susa helps build and execute China business strategies. In the last 25 years, Susa has helped companies such as Johnson Controls negotiate and set up joint ventures/ WOFEs in China. Recently, she was with TLX Technologies as their Director of Business Development, advising and implementing their China plan. She has also assisted in financial management, production start-up, HR and operation management.

M.E. Dey
Sarah has been with M.E. Dey for over 3 years.In addition to managing operations projects, Sarah works directly with clients on providing customized reports & walking them through their online tracking program. Her favorite part of working with ME Dey is the great international relationships she has developed over the years.
WTA Hot Topics in Trade

Thursday, October 20

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
756 N. Milwaukee St.
Floor 4
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Presented by MMAC's World Trade Association

Join MMAC's World Trade Association member experts for their insider perspectives on current and important global business topics.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations, has been heavily debated during this campaign season. Get an update from attorney Jennifer Jin of Husch Blackwell on the realities of this historic trade agreement.
Fluctuations in the exchange rates for the British Pound and Mexican Peso may be impacting your supply chain. Paul Eversman, vice president of Foreign Exchange and Trade Services at Associated Bank, will review political and economic conditions and their impact on exchange rates for key markets around the globe.
The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement implemented in July by SOLAS has impacted shippers worldwide. Has the additional process and documentation delayed your import or export shipments?  An update will be provided by a WTA member Freight Forwarder.

Upcoming MMAC Events

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 webinar on our website here FCPA Webinars 
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