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Trade Promotion Authority introduced to U.S. Senate

On Thursday, April 16, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden led a successful effort to introduce a bipartisan and bicameral bill to extend the Trade Promotion Authority. The bill will set concrete rules for how trade agreements will be negotiated in the future, and, once passed, will pave the way for important new pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bill is expected to be voted on in May. In partnership with the Pacific Northwest Trade Association (PNITA), the Alliance has been a strong advocate for growing international trade to result in more jobs throughout the state. Read the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority announcement.

Please contact Sen. Ron Wyden today and tell him thank you for this important development.

Year of Trade Campaign

Throughout 2015, Portland Business Alliance, PNITA, Port of Portland and other partners will raise awareness for Oregon’s strength in global markets and for the state’s dependence on trade to fuel the economy and family-wage jobs. The campaign coincides with congressional consideration of several trade-related measures, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trade Promotion Authority. This web page will regularly list information about the specific impact of trade to our region’s vitality, educational events and trips, and proposed trade legislation. Read the press release.

To support efficient trade for Oregon, please ask your elected officials to support trade-related measures in Congress. Find your elected official.

Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA)

One of the Portland Business Alliance’s main areas of focus is supporting the region’s international trade activity. The Alliance does this through its affiliate organization, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. For more information about the Alliance's international trade efforts or the Pacific Northwest Internation Trade Association, contact Doug Badger, PNITA Executive Director, by email or call 503.260.3235.

Trade Policy Agenda

The Portland Business Alliance, PNITA and the Port of Portland advocate for federal policies and legislation and international trade agreements that make Oregon businesses and employees more competitive in global markets. In the coming year, the Administraton and Congress will be urged to work together to approved four trade-related items. Read more >>

Trade Missions

In order to strengthen the region's trade relationships, PNITA and the Alliance organize trade missions to strategic trade partner countries. To date, the Alliance and PNITA have conducted trade missions to Brazil, Germany and China and is planning a trip to United Kingdom & France in 2015. Read more >>

For details about past or future missions, read more on the trade missions blog.

Trade Reports & Research

PNITA and the Alliance in partnership with the Value of Jobs Coalition have commissioned several reports about international trade and its importance to the Portland-metro and Oregon economies. Along with these reports, there are also several reports that have been produced by our partners. Read more >>

The Value of Foreign Markets to Oregon Businesses


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