The global trade community in New York gathered on May 14 to celebrate the contributions of international commerce to the region’s success as World Trade Week was marked by USCIB and an array of pro-trade groups. Several innovative companies and organizations were honored at an awards breakfast hosted by Baruch College’s Weissman Center for International Business.
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D. – N.Y.) presented an export appreciation award to the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library, whose invaluable resources and expertise support international trade outreach and entrepreneurship. In her presentation remarks, Ms. Velázquez applauded the House of Representatives’ vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States
New York City Deputy Mayor Robert Steel delivered keynote remarks, noting that strong exports and presence of many international businesses had helped New York City to outperform the national economy since the 2008-09 downturn. He said the city needed to focus on continuing to generate high-quality jobs, and that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration was taking a number of steps to nurture a pro-startup environment, including the development of the new Cornell-Technion science and technology campus on Roosevelt Island.
Cynthia Duncan, USCIB’s senior vice president for trade services, is a member of the World Trade Week 2012 steering committee. The ATA Carnet service, which helps exporters and others speed shipment of goods temporarily to more than 80 countries, duty-free and tax-free, was on display along with other USCIB services at a booth in the exhibition hall.
Other award winners included North Shore International Inc., Karp Associates, Inc., Action Environmental Group, B&H Photo & Electronics Corp., and the Westconn International Trade Association.
Overall more than 300 people attended the awards breakfast, and many more took part in a series of informative events throughout New York City during World Trade Week.
Staff contact: Cynthia Duncan