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October 8, 2015


What brought you in to the International Trade Industry?  

Teaching English, and my desire to retain ties to Japan, led me to a position with Nissho-Iwai American Corp. At the time it was the 7th largest trading company in J...


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3299 Trouble in Portland? Are you having difficulty clearing household goods / personal effects belonging to an importer’s spouse or child? Please let us know. A few members of the association have run into a hiccups when...

Roughly six months have passed since the greater west coast trade community returned to work after the ILWU (International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union) and PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) reached a labor contract agreement. In the interim, the Port of Portland...


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Retroactove GSP Renewal through the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 was signed by the President on June 29th, 2015. Thankfully, GSP will be retroactive, as it has not been in place for 2 years. When GSP was renewe...

June 30, 2015


What brought you in to the International Trade Industry?  

My mom’s insistence that I stop trying to find a job “on my own,” put my humble pants on, and apply to a temp agency. Shout-out to Northwest Staffing, who immediately [a...

“Fast Track” was formally renamed Trade Promotion Authority by former President George W. Bush in its renewal request of 2001.[1] Despite the name change, trade opponents drill the antiquated term “Fast Track” into the public’s perception of TPA, painting the process a...

Environmentalists raise impassioned concerns that the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] has no regard for its potential negative effect on the environment, but this could not be further from the truth. The proposed TPP legislation enforces existing Multilateral Environme...

April 20, 2015


What brought you in to the International Trade Industry?  

The same thing as everyone else…a fluke!  Like most, I didn’t even know the brokerage/forwarding industry existed.  I had originally intended to be a Spanish teacher.  I...

Five CRCBFA missionaries joined customs brokers and freight forwarders from up and down the US West Coast at the Pacific Coast Council Trade Mission to DC, March 22nd through 24th. This annual trade mission is packed with unparalleled engagement with federal agencies,...


The CRCBFA was presented with an Export Achievement Certificate at the February 26th mid-winter International Business Networking Reception. The quarterly receptions are hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service-Portland office and draw a diverse group of international tr...

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