Pacific Northwest International Trade Association

Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) is an affiliate organization of the Portland Business Alliance, greater Portland’s chamber of commerce. PNITA is dedicated to supporting the global competitiveness of our region through education and advocacy on issues affecting Pacific Northwest industries reliant on international commerce.


For more information, please contact:
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Connect with PNITA on Twitter @tradeinOR and LinkedIn!


Latest Activity

Oregon business community annual Washington D.C. fly-in returns, May 9-11

We hope you will join us from May 9 - 11, 2022, for our annual trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss the priority issues impacting businesses and the economy across Oregon and SW Washington.

Portland Business Alliance and Seattle Metro Chamber join together on shared federal agenda

This combined federal agenda calls for prioritizing the Pacific Northwest so that both cities can truly build back better.

PNITA Update: Trade and the November Election

As November approaches, Americans are taking stock of the last 3.5 years of President Trump’s administration and considering their options for the election.

PNITA Updates: Picking Fights with Our Closest Ally

Just over a year after lifting 232 tariffs on Canadian steel (25%) and aluminum (10%), the President announced that he plans on reinstating tariffs on Canadian aluminum once more, effective August 16.

PNITA Update: COVID-19 impact on international trade in the Northwest

A staggering 30 million workers--including more than 334,000 Oregonians--have applied for unemployment in the last few weeks.

U.S. Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security CARES Act

Our thanks to Senators Wyden & Merkley for joining us Friday to discuss the CARES Act, as the House was finalizing their vote.

COVID-19: Federal response update

The latest federal efforts to help with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional Economic Toolkit combines economic research, public opinion and policy roadmap

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.

Advocating for our region at the national level

Washington, D.C. fly-in, infrastructure plans and the latest on trade

PNITA’s 2019 in Review

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.

Celebrate World Trade Week

Join us as we celebrate trade and consider nominating a company in international trade

U.S. and China reach a trade deal

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.

USMCA moves forward with handshake deal

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.

Exploring Best Practices in the United Kingdom

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.

PNITA: Navigating a Strategic Plan for Trade

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.

Japan’s trade deal, Brexit on the brain and more trade updates

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.

Tracking the impact of tariffs, USMCA and federal investments

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.

A new focus on international trade

Keep up with latest news about trade in Oregon

Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

505,700 Oregon jobs are connected to trade, report finds

New report highlights the impact of international trade on Oregon's economy and across the Portland region.

Report takes deep look at East County economy

Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.

Business delegation visits Washington, D.C.

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.



A message from Andrew Hoan about our regional economy A message from Andrew Hoan about our regional economy
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2019 Oregon's State of Trade

The 2019 Oregon State of Trade report, produced by the Alliance, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) and the Value of Jobs coalition, with research conducted by ECONorthwest, tracks the latest data and explores the impact of international trade across the greater Portland region and the state of Oregon.
View Trade Report

join the growing pnita community

There 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. 

              Schnitzer Steel