News

Browse our collection of links to recent news stories about MITC, our members, and international trade topics of interest.


  • Maine delegation meets with federal trade reps to protect lobster industry

    Saying lobster is critical to jobs in Maine, generating $1.5 billion in economic activity, Maine’s four congressional representatives met with federal trade officials in Portland Friday. While none of the representatives said they expected any deal to result from the meeting with the U.S. Trade Representative delegates, they said they hoped to open a direct line of communication on the state’s lobster industry. They met with the press before the closed-door meetings. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said he also hoped to get lobsters included in ongoing U.S.-European Union talks about beef trade. “There are ongoing discussions between the European Union and the United States over beef exports and imports,” King said. He said he’d like to have lobster included in a “surf and turf” discussion. Read full article on BDN Maine Read more
  • Yale Cordage wins Trade Day’s “Best in Show” honors for second straight year

    Yale Cordage, a Saco company that makes a wide range of specialty ropes for key industries such as mining and arboriculture, took home the “Best in Show” trophy at Trade Day 2018 for a new product that it says is “as strong as steel, as flexible as rope and as malleable as putty.” Read more
  • Maine making mark in exports to China

    The potential for Maine companies to do export to China is vast “and this will obviously continue to be a very major focus area for us,” said Wade Merritt, president of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC). Read more
  • Biddeford’s Fiber Materials seeks new workers as part of diversification, expansion

    In this week’s Made In Maine, a manufacturing plant in Biddeford is seeking new workers as it looks to diversify and expand globally. Read more
  • Maine governor supports more trade with China

    Maine is eagerly looking forward to more investment, students and tourists from China, said Governor Paul LePage. Read more
  • University of New England launches “The Institute for North Atlantic Studies”

    The University of New England announced today it is launching a new program to train the next generation of leaders to develop research, industry and community partnerships to meet shared challenges and opportunities throughout the North Atlantic region. Read more
  • Maine lobster industry fears retaliation if China seafood tariff is enacted

    Maine lobster dealers are among a group of U.S. seafood exporters asking federal authorities to keep its industry out of the brewing U.S-China trade war, arguing that putting a tariff on Chinese seafood would likely result in painful retaliation against U.S. exports. Read more
  • Maine businesses looking to expand trade with China

    Several Maine businesses are looking to expand into Asia, but President Trump’s rocky relationship with China could impact those decisions. Read more
  • Maine companies grow in Asia despite Trump trade uncertainty

    As the United States and China began talks Thursday to resolve a huge trade imbalance and avert tariffs that would hurt both countries, the Maine International Trade Center prepared for its annual meeting Friday that will focus on accessing Asian markets. Read more
  • Governor says another Chinese company wants to invest in Maine

    Governor Paul LePage said Friday company from China is talking about buying one of Maine’s pulp and paper mills. The Governor told an international trade conference in Rockport he has met with the company –which he wouldn’t name– and while there are no commitments yet, said they are very interested in Maine. He said it would be one more example of how Maine is expanding international trade, especially with Asia. Canada is the state’s biggest export market, but Asia is second. Read more