Business is brisk for Maine companies with international reach, despite political spats

It’s business as usual for Maine companies trading goods or services on international markets even as U.S., Chinese and other politicians threaten tariffs and other punitive measures, each aimed at their own version of fair trade.

Four of them won awards Tuesday from the Maine International Trade Center for expanding rapidly in international trade in 2017.

Maine Coast of York won for Exporter of the Year for shipping 60 percent of the live lobster it distributes overseas. Planson International of New Gloucester won for Service Provider of the Year for exporting humanitarian services and IT equipment. Fiber Materials Inc. of Biddeford won for Innovator of the Year with its new products or processes for international markets. And St. Croix Tissue of Baileyville won for Foreign Direct Investor of the Year that recognizes a foreign company investing in Maine.

The awards will be presented on May 18 at Maine International Trade Day at Samoset Resort in Rockport.

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