News

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


  • Lobster on the line: China loves Maine lobster, but Trump’s trade war means Canada is filling the demand

    It’s here, off the coast of its smallest province, where Canada has emerged the surprise winner of a protracted trade war between the United States and China. Beijing’s tariffs on American lobster have gutted exports of the quintessential Maine delicacy, stripping the industry of its Chinese customers without any assurance they will return — and positioning Canada to fill the growing demand, perhaps permanently. Read more
  • Maine pact with Finland kicks off first day of Arctic Circle Assembly

    Gov. Janet Mills and the prime minister of Finland, Antti Rinne, signed an agreement today to collaborate in the fight against climate change while strengthening their respective forest economies. Read more
  • Maine sends largest delegation to Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland

    Maine will be represented by the largest delegation at the Arctic Circle Assembly on October 10 – 12 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Read more
  • Northern exposure: Championing Maine’s interests in the North Atlantic

    As director of Maine International Trade Center’s Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), Dana Eidsness works to develop trade, investment and international collaboration opportunities for Maine businesses and academic institutions in northern Europe, Atlantic Canada and Nordic countries. Read more
  • Tariff relief sought for Maine’s apple growers

    Two months after Maine’s Congressional delegation sought federal relief for lobstermen and wild blueberry growers harmed by China’s retaliatory trade tariffs, the feds are being urged to help the state’s apple growers Read more
  • MITC lands $344K for international trade expansion

    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that $344,500 has been awarded to Maine International Trade Center to support export growth among the state’s small businesses. Read more
  • Maine receives grant to help exporters

    Maine International Trade Center, which helps Maine businesses export their goods and services, received a $344,500 grant from the federal government to increase overseas sales. Read more
  • Greenland foreign minister keen to strengthen ties with Maine

    Connecting Portland to the Greenland capital of Nuuk via a shipping route set to open in 2020 will be a “game changer” for both sides, Greenland’s minister of education, culture, church and foreign affairs told Mainebiz on Thursday. Read more
  • Maine Beer Box brings 78 craft beer taps to Canada

    The Maine Beer Box just completed its third international trip with a stop at the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Seaport Cider and Beer Festival last weekend. With 78 taps and more than 100 Mainers pouring craft beer from the giant “kegerator,” the Maine Beer Box is helping to develop export markets for Maine craft brewers. Read more
  • Chinese Tariffs Rock US Lobster Exports

    Diversification…is key, says Wade Merritt, president of the Maine International Trade Center, and director of international trade for the state of Maine. He points to Maine Coast as a good example of the dramatic impact of Chinese tariffs on the industry, and a good example of their logical response. Read more