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Trade Day 2018

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - May 18 @ 2:30 pm

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Save the date for Trade Day 2018! Online registration will open in March.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this important event; contact Julia Munsey for more information.

The new era of global trade will be defined by increasing flows of data and information. Approximately 12% of the global goods trade is conducted on international e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay. In addition, momentum is shifting toward services with nearly 50% of the world’s traded services already digitized. While regionalization and protectionism may impact global trade in the short-term, other influences including technological innovation and improvements in logistics will continue to advance globalization. Businesses with the long-view will remain committed to international trade.

As Maine companies across all industries consider potential impacts of the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA), now is an excellent time to develop or revise a strategy for Asia, which accounts for about one-third of global trade. China and Japan are the second and third largest economies in the world, respectively. The predicted pace of growth in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines make these emerging markets to watch. Much as the establishment of the European Union resulted in a large increase in trade within Europe, increased connectivity and integration among Asian economies will have a similar effect over the coming decade.


Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 17

5:00 – 7:00
Opening Reception

Friday, May 18

8:30 – 9:00
Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00
Welcome & Keynote Presentation
Global Trade’s New Era: What It Means for Maine

10:00 – 10:45
Panel Discussion
Accessing Asia: Risks and Rewards

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00
Networking Session and New Product Global Showcase

12:00 – 2:30
Annual Awards Luncheon



May 17 @ 5:00 pm
May 18 @ 2:30 pm


Samoset Resort
220 Warrenton Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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