Forum brings northern Maine into loop on global trade opportunities

More than 2,200 Maine companies are selling goods and services in the international marketplace and the state is attracting interest abroad, according to Wade Merritt, vice president of the Maine International Trade Center.

Those Maine companies exported internationally $2.8 billion worth of goods and services last year, Merritt said at a Feb. 9. business forum organized by the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.

The state’s global exports have been growing in recent years, driven in good part by the seafood industry, and there are many reasons to be optimistic about large and small Maine businesses benefiting from global trade, said Merritt.

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