October 2021 Updates
Welcome to the “new normal”: a hybrid of in-person and virtual events.  Over the past two years, we have learned the value of online events for training, conferences, or virtual trade shows. As we have become more at ease with the many types of platforms, we presented programs in a variety of formats from live interactive programs to recordings.  In many cases, we offered opportunities to meet potential buyers, suppliers, service providers or customers, or partners who otherwise would not have traveled to a conference or trade show to meet you. We featured renowned international leaders from government, industry, the military, and academia. This format is here to stay as it offers opportunity without a great expense on the part of participants.

However, we miss you and we know that you miss seeing your many friends in the international business community. I am pleased to announce that we are returning to a live-in person World Trade Center Delaware Gala on December 9thRegistration is now open for what promises to be a very exciting evening. We are honored that foreign delegations led by the President of Botswana and Prime Minister of The Bahamas will join us. Other foreign delegations are still making plans to attend.  Secretary of State Jeff Bullock will receive our Champion of Trade Award for his outstanding work to extend Delaware’s reach across the world. Please join us.

International Delaware
Be sure to reserve your ad space now for this year’s International Delaware. We are highlighting the state’s science and technology industry and showing why companies from all over the world want to establish their businesses in Delaware and buy our products and services. For more information, please contact our publisher, Delaware Business Times [email protected] or call 302- 656-1837.

Virtual Events
In November, we urge you to join us for the 2021 WTCA Member Forum: The New (Virtual) Reality of Business. This FREE event will use livestream programming – comprised of keynotes, panels and Members-only sessions – and B2B networking open to all WTCA Members and their business networks across all time zones. This 100% virtual global event is not to be missed and free for all attendees! Register here!

We are joining Senator Coons’ office and the USGLC to again offer the Mid-Atlantic Regional Summit - A Virtual Town Hall with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This year will present how international businesses may contribute to the middle class recovery from the COVID pandemic. Register here!
Carla Sydney Stone
WTCDE Premier Members
Port to Port International Corporation
Learn more about Port to Port International: http://www.ptpshipping.com/?lang=en
STAT International
Happy Halloween and welcome to the start of the Holiday Season. Our lives become so much busier during this time and a work life balance can be very tricky at times. STAT International can help you get your work life in complete balance. From virtual services to physical services, STAT International can help you balance a professional appearance with seamless operations. Stop in for a tour and see all that STAT International can do to help you and your business flourish!
Learn more about STAT International: https://stat.international/
Delaware Business Times
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Welcome to Our New Member
Delaware Africa and Caribbean Coalition and WTC Delaware form Partnership to Present Joint Programs
World Trade Center Delaware is pleased to announce that the Delaware Africa and Caribbean Coalition has joined with WTC Delaware to work to benefit Delaware’s African Diaspora from the continent and the Caribbean. They will present joint programs to promote economic development, collaboration in the areas of healthcare, youth and women’s empowerment, and Africa’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Our first program is a Breakfast and Networking Event to Inaugurate Trade, Collaboration & Friendship Between Kogi State, Nigeria & State of Delaware. The Delaware partnership is being led by Lt. Governor Dr. Bethany Hall-Long with the Delaware Africa Caribbean Coalition and World Trade Center Delaware. We are grateful to the Delaware Prosperity Partnership for its sponsorship of this event.

This summer, members of the DACC traveled to Nigeria and met with Kogi State officials including the Governor, Lt. Governor, Commissioners, and business leaders. The Lt. Governor, and WTC Delaware were able to join discussions via Zoom to define potential areas of collaboration and plan for this visit. Please see the announcement below with links to Delegation members and registration.
Thanks to Our Renewing Member
GT USA Wilmington
GT USA Wilmington Renews Membership in World Trade Center Delaware 

We’d like to thank GT USA Wilmington for renewing its membership with World Trade Center Delaware.

Port of Wilmington Launches New $37 Million Cleaner, Greener Yard Project and All - Electric Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes
GT USA Wilmington (Gulftainer) officially opened the new cargo yard with the launch of $37 Million All-Electric Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes. Joining Delaware Gov. John Carney in inaugurating the system, were state and local officials along with port partners, the labor union representatives, customers and vendors and executives of GT USA Wilmington. 
This new system of more efficient electric cranes is far cleaner than other types. No emissions are released into the atmosphere resulting in a cleaner, greener, safer environment to the port and the surrounding area. 

The ceremonies concluded with a demonstration of 5 all Electric Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes.  Then it was on to real work as they began moving containers onto waiting trucks. 
The yard project is part of an $88 million investment in improvements by GT Wilmington since taking over operations at the Port in 2018. Other projects include the receipt of SQF certification for food safety, modernization of refrigerated warehouses, renovations to Berth 6, and the extension of crane rails.

Please see the Press Release below in our "Announcements" section.

For more information visit their website: https://www.gulftainer.com/terminals/usa/port-of-wilmington/.
World Trade Center Delaware Gala


Hotel DuPont / Gold Ballroom


Secretary of State 
Choir School of Delaware to Perform at Gala
You May Be in International Business and Not Know It: Getting Ready to Enter International Markets
WTC Delaware together with the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a free virtual “Lunch & Learn” event on October 12 for U.S. companies that would like to learn more about entering international business and trade titled “You May Be in International Business and Not Know It: Getting Ready to Enter International Markets.”

WTC Delaware President Carla Stone presented the virtual workshop which was followed by a question-and-answer session. WTC Delaware looks forward to working with the Chamber again on future projects.

European Union Ambassadors Visit Delaware, Meet with WTC Delaware and its Members
DACC officers, and new WTC Delaware members, Thomas Grant, Dr. Eunice Gwanmesia and Haji Dukuray attended the EU Ambassador briefing.
On October 14th, a delegation of European Ambassadors led by EU Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis fanned across the state to meet with leaders from government, business and academia. World Trade Center Delaware was invited to make a presentation on Delaware-European trade to the group visiting the Port of Wilmington. The delegation included EU Ambassador to the US Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador Santiago Cabanas (Spain), Ambassador, Jean-Arthur Régibeau (Belgium), Ambassador Emily Haber (Germany), and Ambassador Kristjan Prikk (Estonia). Following a tour of the Port, the delegation and speakers from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and the State of Delaware as well as WTC Delaware explored opportunities for two-way trade and collaboration in areas of common concern such as climate change. Ambassador Lambrinidis emphasized that when Europe and the United State export their products, they also are exporting their values such as how we treat those who make our products and the attention we give to the environment in their manufacture. The event was attended by many members of the World Trade Center Delaware who had an opportunity to speak with the delegation. The Ambassadors expressed an interest and returning to Delaware and continuing their discussions with companies and organizations.
2021 - 2022 WTCAF "Peace Through Trade" Student Competition

World Trade Centers Association Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd edition of the annual World Trade Centers Association Foundation (WTCAF) "Peace Through Trade" Student Competition. This year they are greatly expanding our outreach and inclusiveness, and opened the competition to students and student teams all around the world to compete in the program and become champions of global trade. 
Some exciting new elements of this year’s competition: 
  • We are proud to collaborate with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), reaching out to students through the UNAI’s vibrant and diverse network 
  • There is no participation fee for student teams to enter the competition
  • We are introducing new pandemic-proof prizes, with the winning team to be awarded:
  • A cash prize of USD $3,000
  • An opportunity to participate in the WTCA’s virtual 2022 General Assembly
  • An opportunity to present their idea virtually to a global audience and be honored by attendees during the event
  • A special feature in a future episode of the global WTCA “Trade Wins” Podcast, where they will be interviewed by WTCA Executive Director-Business Development Robin van Puyenbroeck
  • A certificate of recognition by the WTCAF Board
  • The first runner-up team will be awarded:
  • A cash prize of USD $1,500
  • A certificate of recognition by the WTCAF Board

Delaware Gov. John Carney joined state and local officials along with port partners, the labor union representatives, customers and vendors and executives of GT USA Wilmington (GTW) in celebrating the completion of the first phase of the Port of Wilmington’s electrification project that brings a cleaner, greener, safer environment to the port.

The opening of the new container yard project today featured a demonstration of 5 all Electric Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes. The yard project was completed at a cost of $37 million and is part of an $88 million investment in improvements by GT Wilmington since taking over operations at the Port in 2018. The port company is committed to investing up to $600 million at the current port site and in building a new facility at the nearby Edgemoor site on the Delaware River.

Following the speeches by Governor Carney and the GT officials the star of the show was the demonstration by the new all-electric Kone Cranes. These cranes are some of the newest in the industry and have the following benefits to industry and environment:

  • 100% electric no carbon emissions
  • Battery assisted for continued electric use when off the rail
  • Auto steering equipped for precision gantry travel
  • 41 metric ton lifting capacity
  • Pin-point efficiency on container taken up (e.g., crane 2 just made a production pick in 15 minutes that would have taken a reach stacker 3 hours of labor, time and fuel burning.)
  • State of the art safety sensors to maximize safety of port employees and assets
  • Precision micro motions for direct loading and unloading of containers
  • Anti-sway hoisting functions
  • 100% LED lighting throughout crane
  • Stack profiling equipped
  • RTGs are all electric which cost more up-front vs diesel but have the following benefits:
  • Longer life
  • Less maintenance
  • No hydraulics which improves performance and make them more eco friendly
  • If the RTGs need to change locations, a battery pack is mounted that is pre-charged to help move the crane
  • The RTGs are 7 container lengths wide with a drive lane
  • The RTGs can stack 5 containers high and carry over them
“We want to thank Gov. Carney, state and local officials, our union partners and our customers for attending our celebration. Their continuous support is the anchor allowing us to gain a competitive edge at the Port of Wilmington,” said Peter Richards, CEO of Gulftainer, GT USA Wilmington’s parent company. “We are proud of our accomplishments and improvements to the Port over the past three years and look forward to continued success for the port and the people of Delaware over the next 47 years.”

GT USA’s successes to date at the Port of Wilmington includes:

  • Saved the State of Delaware over $45 million in subsidies over the last 3 years – money that could now be spent on education and local communities
  • the creation of new union labor positions
  • increasing container storage capacity from 350,000 TEUs to 650,000 TEUs
  • improvements to the Port’s cold storage warehouses
  • extending rail to link 6 of the 8 berths at the Port’s, all of which now have 38-foot depths
  • the addition of three new 45-ton reach-stackers, and 16 terminal tractors
Additionally, GT USA upgraded the port’s information technology system and terminal operating system.

“These improvements increase overall productivity and operational capabilities at the port, improve our customer service levels, and create a cleaner, greener, safer environment,” Richards said. “We stand steadfast in our unwavering commitment to the state of Delaware and to the Port of Wilmington.”

Richards said “Permitting for the new port facility at Edgemoor is expected by year-end 2021 and construction could begin in 2023.”

For further information contact:
Kathryn Bradley
GT USA Wilmington 
(302) 354 4096 (Cell)       
(302) 472-2028 (office)  
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International Delaware Magazine Released by World Trade Center Focuses on FinTech in the First State

The World Trade Center Delaware has released its fourth edition of International Delaware Magazine which focuses on Delaware's growing FinTech industry.

“Little did we know when we first discussed the theme for this issue just how timely this edition would be,” said World Trade Center Delaware President Carla Stone. “The use of IT and e-commerce exploded during the past eight months as people sought to limit contact with others in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is clear that financial technology services, or FinTech, is here to stay and will only grow in the future.”

The foundation for FinTech in Delaware was laid in 1981, when then-Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV signed the Financial Center Development Act, legislation designed to increase employment in the banking and financial services sector by attracting out-of-state institutions to establish subsidiaries in Delaware. Today, Delaware, despite its tiny population, is one of the world's great financial centers. Over 75% of all FinTech investment in the Philadelphia region is found in Delaware and it has the highest concentration of financial services employment in the entire country according to a study by Delaware Prosperity Partnership. The study, "Delaware in a FinTech Future," reported that Delaware ranks No. 1 per capita for the number of FinTech patents issued over the past ten years in the U.S. and No. 5 overall. 

Discover Bank, this issue's presenting sponsor, is making a significant contribution to Delaware's FinTech future. In partnership with the University of Delaware and Delaware Technology Park, Discover is building a new 100,000-square-foot center for FinTech innovation on the university's Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus that will combine the prowess of academia, government, and industry to support and grow FinTech's future in Delaware. “We thank Discover and all of our partners who have made this issue of International Delaware possible,” Stone said. “Tens of thousands of readers around the world will learn what we already know: FinTech is the future of commerce and Delaware is its home.”

To read/download your copy, please click the image above.
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