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

  • 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
  • Maine trade delegation sets sights on China’s vast middle class

    The group is heading overseas to build ties that will bring students and vacationers to the state and find more buyers for seafood and other products. Read more
  • Maine delegation heads to Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik

    A delegation of 45 Mainers from businesses and academia will attend the upcoming Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland October 16-18, 2015 looking to build Arctic business and education networks and to learn about key issues in the Arctic that are affecting the world. The Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), a program of Maine International Trade Center is organizing the delegation. Read more
  • Iceland officials visit Portland to talk comfort food exchange

    A delegation from Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik are scheduled to meet with officials here to discuss how to boost cultural connections between the cities. The city said in a statement Tuesday that eight city administrators for Reykjavik would meet at City Hall at 2 p.m. Wednesday in a meeting coordinated by shipping company Eimskip and the North Atlantic Development Office in the Maine International Trade Center. Read more
  • Icelandic delegation to meet with Portland, trade officials Wednesday

    Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that operates on Portland’s waterfront, and local officials will host a visiting delegation from Reykjavik on Wednesday. The visit is intended to enhance business prospects between Maine and the island nation that is a gateway to much of the European market. Read more