News

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


  • Portland selected to host global Arctic conference in 2016

    The U.S. State Department has chosen Portland to host an international forum on the Arctic next year, the first such forum in the United States outside of Alaska. The meeting will put Maine in the international spotlight, said Dana Eidsness, director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office. Read more
  • Global college admissions advisers get glimpse of higher education in Maine

    A group of college advisers from around the world is visiting four college campuses in Maine this week. They plan on bringing their experiences back to prospective students in their countries. Read more
  • Saco’s Thornton Academy Attracting Students From Around the Globe

    The head of a southern Maine high school traveled to Washington recently to receive a presidential award – not from the Department of Education, but from the Department of Commerce. Saco’s Thornton Academy received the President’s “E” award, which recognizes efforts that contribute significantly to U.S. exports. Read more
  • Maine, China touted as trade and investment partners

    Members of some of China’s largest banks and one of the country’s top diplomats took center stage Thursday at the annual Maine International Trade Center conference, touting China as an increasingly important trade partner and Maine as a strong candidate for Chinese investment. Read more
  • Exports boost lobster: Demand from Asia boosting sales at York shellfish dealer

    Seafood was Maine’s leading export in 2014, with its total value of $456.67 million topping the No. 2 export commodity of paper and pulp products by almost $100 million. And the biggest driver of seafood’s rise to the top of the state’s export commodity chart, says Jeffrey Bennett of the Maine International Trade Center, is that tasty two-clawed crustacean harvested by hundreds of independent fishermen in the Gulf of Maine, the Maine lobster. Read more
  • LePage to lead trade mission to China, Japan

    Gov. Paul LePage will lead a delegation of Maine companies and educational institutions on a trade mission in October to China and Japan, which were the state’s second- and fourth-highest export destinations last year. Read more
  • Ready Seafood named Maine’s ‘Exporter of the Year’

    Maine International Trade Center named Portland-based lobster dealer and processor Ready Seafood the state’s Exporter of the Year in its 2015 International Trade and Investment Awards, announced Wednesday. Read more
  • Looking for edge, Maine plunges into Arctic policy

    Sen. King, Gov. LePage and businesses work to set the stage for more trade as warming northern waters allow expanded shipping and potential for the state to be a U.S. gateway. Read more
  • Maine businesses see opportunity on the North Atlantic

    A Maine business delegation attended the Arctic Technology Conference in Copenhagen this week, with a mission of touting the state’s capabilities to the energy industry’s leading engineering and scientific organizations that also were at the event. Read more
  • Mt. Blue’s international student plan is moving forward in Farmington

    Regional School Unit 9 world language teacher Lisa Dalrymple is moving the International Student Program forward a year ahead of schedule at Mt. Blue Campus. Read more