News

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


  • Maine lobster industry prepares for big season with dual focus on domestic, foreign markets

    Two chief marketers of Maine lobsters are preparing for a busy summer, as expectations are high that they’ll have lots of product to sell once the main fishing season gets underway, even if the predictions of an extremely early start to the season prove true Read more
  • US officials honor Maine trade office for boosting exports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce gave the Maine International Trade Center its highest award for helping to promote and expand U.S. exports. Read more
  • With Maine International Trade Center, even small companies can export successfully

    Export compliance may not sound like a sexy topic compared to the excitement of selling products internationally. But it can get exciting quickly if you ignore it: civil penalties for export license violations or sending sensitive goods to banned countries, for example, can run up to $250,000 per violation, and criminal penalties can carry jail time with fines topping $1 million, experts say. Companies may even be prohibited from exporting going forward. Read more
  • MITC announces International Trade and Investment Award honorees

    The Portland-based Maine International Trade Center has announced the winners of the 2016 International Trade and Investment Awards, which will officially be presented on May 26 — Maine International Trade Day. Read more
  • Sen. Angus King pursues funding to add icebreakers in Arctic

    Sen. Angus King of Maine is pushing to add money to the Coast Guard budget for the construction of icebreakers, saying the state’s economy would benefit if the United States had more of the ships to maintain Arctic shipping lanes. Read more
  • How more Maine lobsters can be cracked by the Japanese market

    After five years of double-secret negotiations, the world has had its first look at the text of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. All together, the 12 nations comprise nearly 40 percent of the global economy, and Maine lobster exporters are just one group that hopes this will crack open new markets. Read more
  • DMR touts Maine lobster in Asia

    The notion of sustainable fisheries harvesting practices translates well into Chinese and Japanese, according to Deirdre Gilbert, policy director for the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Read more
  • Maine trade mission to Japan deemed a success by officials

    Maine officials declared a two-day trade mission to Japan a success, saying seeds were sown to enhance business relationships in the tourism, seafood and composites industries. Read more
  • International students make the most of their experience at MMA

    Just like their American counterparts, the academy’s international students have landed well-paying jobs in the maritime and logistics fields. They’ve also used their overseas experiences to make contacts, acquaint themselves with a different culture, eat the obligatory lobster and better understand English, the language of global trade. Read more
  • Group of Mainers Embarking on Trade Mission to Asia

    A delegation of government and business people from Maine leaves for Asia Saturday. They’ll be trying to deepen the trade ties between Maine and China and Japan. Irwin Gratz sat down with Janine Cary, head of the Maine International Trade Center, to talk about the trade mission. Read more