National Export Initiative Tops Symposium Agenda

The prospects for U.S. import/export trade in 2012 will be discussed at a Global Trade Symposium in Miami, Jan. 18-20. Sponsored by Ocean World Lines (OWL), a global, single-source NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and a subsidiary of Pacer International, the Symposium also will cover the goals of the National Export Initiative (NEI), a program launched in January of 2010 by President Obama, to double exports by the end of 2014 as a means of boosting sales for American companies and creating new jobs.

Panel discussions will involve senior logistics professionals, including ocean carrier executives from Maersk Lines, Cosco, OOCL and Evergreen; large exporters; government officials; journalists; and academics. Topics will include outlooks for specific trade lanes, import/export case studies, technology applications and other issues of concern to importers and exporters of all sizes.

Symposium discussions will emphasize goals of the National Export Initiative. “Anybody involved with trade should take to heart the NEI and President Obama’s talk about job creation and doubling exports by the end of 2014,” says OWL’s CEO Dan Gardner. “A lot of work has been done by the Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, and Ex-Im Bank, but the government cannot go it alone. Helping to grow international trade is the right thing to do and it offers an exit from the financial crisis, which is why we are organizing this event.”

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