Pacific Northwest International Trade Association
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Maria Ellis, Director, Federal Affairs and Executive Director, PNITA, 503-552-6762
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join the growing pnita communityThere are many reasons to join PNITA. As a member, you are part of a coalition of companies and organizations in the Pacific Northwest that proactively advocate for federal and state policies that promote fair and free international commerce. Members get access to exclusive events with policy-makers, as well as free or discounted access to events featuring trade experts and thought leaders. PNITA also provides members with timely and relevant news, data and information for those that want to stay in the know on trade.
This first edition of our greater Portland Regional Economic Toolkit represents hours of transparent process and collaboration by our members, as well as trusted research by regional experts on public opinion with DHM Research and economic data analysis by ECONorthwest.
Washington, D.C. fly-in, infrastructure plans and the latest on trade
This policy agenda represents a six-month transparent and member-led process that included more than 150 hours of committee meetings and engagement by members of the Portland Business Alliance, community advocates, nonprofit leaders and government officials
2019 was a busy year for the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA). In April, we relaunched PNITA back into action to provide advocacy on trade issues impacting our Pacific Northwest economies. We hired a new Executive Director, established our Executive Committee to help guide our work, and launched our social media presence on LinkedIn and Twitter to share regular updates on trade-related developments and news.
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American’s can breathe a small sigh of relief now that they will be spared the 15% tariffs on an additional $160 billion worth of Chinese goods. This moves follows anxiety felt over another round of U.S. tariffs on China, which was set to go into effect on Sunday Dec. 15.
After months of intense negotiations between U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and the nine-person USMCA Working Group, which included Oregon Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer, the parties were able to come to an agreement on key improvement for the treaty.
Each year, this trip brings together public, private, and nonprofit leaders from the Portland-metro region to meet with leaders and learn about the issues impacting them most.
A few weeks ago, PNITA circulated a survey to businesses and trade-related partners asking about what they see as the biggest needs and opportunities for supporting trade in Oregon and SW Washington. The insights taken from this survey will be used as the foundation to kick-off PNITA’s strategic planning efforts, which launch on Nov. 1 and wrap-up in January 2020.
On Sept. 25, the U.S. and Japan signed a “mini” trade deal that will provide increased access for U.S. agricultural products. This is great news for Oregon farmers and food producers, as Japan is the top market for soft white wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest, with Oregon exporting 90% of its crop to the country.
After U.S.-China trade negotiations broke down recently, President Trump announced that the administration would move forward with a fourth tranche of tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports not yet tariffed, essentially now covering 100% of Chinese goods. While Oregon has a trade surplus with China, our state still imported $3.3 billion in goods last year.
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Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.
Business leaders from across the state converged in our nation’s capital to meet with all seven members of the Oregon congressional delegation, as well as the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Appropriations.
On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan delegation, the Alliance led its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., from April 5 to 7.
The Alliance signed on to a letter with Presidents of Oregon’s four major business associations to express concern over possible discussions between the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan that would result in the elimination of Oregon’s only direct flight to Asia.