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

  • 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
  • Fresh lobster led Maine exports for growth in 2014

    Surging lobster prices last year helped turn around two years of decline for the total value of Maine’s exports, which rose about 3.4 percent despite decreases in the value of wood product shipments abroad. Read more
  • Maine boosts efforts to lure Chinese investors

    Maine trade officials are hoping Chinese investors’ $120 million bet on tissue papermaking in Baileyville signals the start of a stream of capital from Asia’s financial giant to the state. The Maine International Trade Center in January opened an office in Shanghai, seeing opportunity to target investors in specific areas, like food processing, aerospace and renewable energy, and earn a share of the increasingly large pie that is Chinese investment abroad. Read more
  • Sen. King co-founds caucus to put Maine on front line of Arctic issues

    Sen. Angus King is partnering with Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to influence U.S. policies on Arctic issues. King, an independent, and Murkowski, a Republican, on Wednesday announced the creation of an “Arctic Caucus” in the Senate. Both senators share the vision that the United States should play a leadership role in guiding international policy decisions that affect the Arctic. Read more
  • Eimskip boosts Portland-Halifax shipping calls

    Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that moved its U.S. port of call for its vessels to Portland from Norfolk, Va., is increasing the number of calls it makes to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 13 to 31 calls per year. Read more