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The U.S. Commercial Service in Portland, along with our local international trade partners, conducts on-going conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade.

You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for export training seminars through the Oregon Trade Promotion Program Grants


International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Annual ITAR Summit
December 9 & 10, 2015, World Trade Center, Portland, OR

This two-day program will cover the information businesses need to know to comply with ITAR regulations. The first day provides an intermediate overview of ITAR and the compliance considerations and practices. Day two dives deeper into the application and interpretation of the regulations and compliance responsibilities. Early bird registration discount through Nov 30. Information Here




This day-long seminar provides information and resources needed to help established businesses develop an export market, supplies occasional exporters with tools to begin/expand international business, and offers current exporters a forum for discussing special issues in export business development.

This class is offered approximately four times annually in various locations, including Portland, Salem, Eugene and Bend. The 2015-2016 line up is listed below. Registration links and instructions for each event will be posted closer to the date of each seminar.

Portland - October 8, 2015

Time: 8:00AM- 4:30PM
Location: Expeditors International, Marine Drive, Portland Oregon

Cost: $100

Registration: Closed

EugeneRescheduled to April 21, 2016

Time: 8:00AM- 4:30PM
Location: Moss Adams, Eugene Oregon

Cost: $100

Registration: Click Here to Register

Salem - February 4, 2016

Time: 8:00AM- 4:30PM
Location: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry,1st Floor, 626 High Street NE Salem, OR 97301

Cost: $100

Registration: pre-registration is required:  online www.sedcor.com, or call Tami Lundy 503-588-6225 tlundy@sedcor.com to register.

Deadline to register is January 29, 2016.

Bend - June 9, 2016

Time: 8:00AM- 4:30PM
Location: Parks and Rec Building, Riverbend Park, Bend Oregon

Cost: $100

Please note registration isn’t complete until registration fees have been paid.

Please contact Jennifer.Woods@trade.gov for more information.


Join us for this quarterly series -- meet and greet other professionals working in the field of international business, expand your network of partners and business connections, exchange best practices, and discuss strategies for the changing economic landscape of international trade. Mark your calendar now for our 2015/2016 networking series, always 4:30 – 6:30 PM:

September 10, 2015Fall Kick-off Reception

World Trade Center 2, Skybridge, SW 1st St. between Taylor and Salmon Streets

December 3, 2015Holiday Networking Reception (Register)

World Trade Center 2, Mezannine, SW 1st and Taylor Streets

February 25, 2016Mid-Winter Reception

World Trade Center 2, Plaza Conference Room, SW 1st and Taylor Streets

May 19, 2016 – World Trade Week Networking Reception and Gala

World Trade Center 2, Skybridge, SW 1st and Taylor Streets

Registration: While this event is free of charge, we do request the favor of registration. Registration is taken on-line only and will be available approximately 6 weeks prior to the event.

*Directions: The World Trade Center is accessible by Max train (Morrison/Yamhill stops). Parking is available under the WTC building, on the street in the surrounding blocks, and at the Smart Park garages at SW 2nd & Jefferson and SW 4th & Taylor.

We are able to keep these events free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors:

Sign up to receive notifications for upcoming Networking Receptions, click here:


2015 - The Year of Trade in Oregon

“International trade generates nearly half a million jobs in Oregon and is a major economic growth engine for the state.”

That point is among many to be made throughout 2015 by the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA), a program of the Portland Business Alliance, and by the Port of Portland. Together the Alliance and the Port are launching “Year of Trade in Oregon” as a way to raise awareness for Oregon’s strength in global markets and for the state’s economic dependence on trade.

Other organizations supporting this effort include: Greater Portland Inc., Business Oregon, Oregon Consular Corps, Oregon Department of Agriculture, CMS Consulting Services, the Portland Development Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

For more information on trade in Oregon and to see all upcoming trade-related events in the Portland area, please visit the 2015 Year of Trade website at www.tradeinoregon.com. Join the conversation on Twitter at #tradeinOR.

Upcoming Building Products Trade Missions led by Evergreen Building Products Association

China Building Materials Trade Mission to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou - March 14-18, 2016

This trade mission will include workshops, receptions, distributor visits, and roundtable discussions with Chinese architects and distributors involved in supplying high quality building materials used in the residential and light commercial construction.  The mission will also include a day of meetings with architects and developers and associations involved in designing senior and multi-generation housing developments to develop business contacts and identify opportunities in the senior housing market and market for aging in place products and designs.  The flyer with a draft itinerary and more information about the itinerary is available at: http://www.ep.org/en/programs/china_events/497

Japan Building Materials Trade Mission to Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka – April 25-26, 2016

This mission includes a series of seminars in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, roundtable discussions, and receptions that introduce Japanese builders and importer/distributors to innovative US building materials that can improve housing energy efficiency, earthquake resistance, and design.  US exporters are featured in seminars that highlight US building materials, their applications, and benefits to residential and light commercial construction.  The June 2015 mission attracted 307 Japanese importers, distributors, builders, and architects. A link to the flyer with a draft itinerary and mission detail is available at: http://www.ep.org/en/programs/japan_events/460

Please contact Jennifer Woods to have your local trade-related events posted here: Jennifer.Woods@trade.gov.

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