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International Trade

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 (PNITA).

PNITA promotes non-partisan support for international trade and works to develop policies that support global competitiveness under a fair and equitable trading system. PNITA represents leading corporations and small businesses in Oregon and Washington state who are exporters and importers in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, and the service sectors.

PNITA also works closely with elected state and federal representatives to advocate for trade interests of regional significance. These efforts include pursuing sound international tax policies, investing in the region's transportation network, and promoting greater awareness and understanding of how trade benefits the economy and the community.

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

For more information about PNITA or the next trade mission, contact Doug Badger, PNITA Executive Director, by email or call 503.260.3235.

Brazil Mission: 2012
Alliance Trade Mission to Brazil In December 2012, a group of business and government leaders participated in a twelve-day trip to Brazil in an effort to learn about the potential for greater business development between Oregon and Brazil. The group started the trip in São Paulo and then traveled through cities such as Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, and Rio de Janeiro. Highlights: Meeting Oregon companies doing business in Brazil and a cable-car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf. View the trip flyer.

Germany Mission: 2011
Alliance Trade Mission to Germany on adidas campus In March 2011, a delegation of business and government leaders traveled to Germany and explored cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg and Stuttgart. They visited German parent companies like adidas and Daimler and learned about the long-standing relationship between the Oregon University System and Germany. View the trip flyer.

China Mission: 2009
Alliance Trade Mission to China at Port of Shanghai The Alliance organized a trade mission to China in 2009 to learn more about the connection between China and Oregon. The group split the eight-day trip between Shanghai and Beijing, spending four days in each city. Highlights: Visiting Oregon companies such as Nike and Intel in China, touring the Great Wall and touring Portland firms that have green building projects in Beijing. View the trip flyer.

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