International Hot Topic Series: Brazil Today

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Opportunities with Vietnam

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Engage Dubai in Business

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013 Featuring H.E. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai and delegation

Take advantage of the Foreign Trade Zone

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Many manufacturers and distributors are not aware of the benefits of the Foreign Trade Zone, and the Port of Seattle wants companies to take advantage of it. The Zone, granted 61 years ago has only one company utilizing it. The Foreign Trade Zone allows companies relief from inverted tariff; duty exemption on re-exports; duty elimination on waste, scrap, and yield loss; weekly entry savings where instead of filing a customs entry per shipment, companies can file per week; and duty deferral. This provides local manufacturers and distributors a level playing field and it allows them to be more competitive.

The port has streamlined the process by making it easier for companies to be approved. Now, less paperwork is required and applying to be in a “subzone” (a zone outside the existing zone facility) takes only 30 days. The United States has 250 Foreign Trade Zones and within that, Washington state has 13.

20th Year Anniversary of the Trade Development Alliance

Monday, October 25th, 2010

All Anniversary related events and features will be posted here. This page will continually be updated with new information, so please check back periodically.


Bill Stafford Internship Fund

Video of the Trade Alliance’s 20th Year Anniversary on June 14, courtesy of the Seattle Chanel

Photos from the Trade Alliance’s 20th Year Anniversary Celebration


*National League of Cities Conference
April 21-22, 2011

*Trade Development Alliance 20th Year Anniversary Celebration
June 14, 2011

Special Features

Telling the International Story The World in 20/20 Foresight Finding Pearls: Business and Trade Mission to Travel to Southern China & Hong Kong

Doing Business In The Balkans

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Featuring Bradley Harker, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade

National Center for APEC: Precursor to the 2011 APEC CEO Summit and Leaders’ Meeting

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Featuring Ambassador Michael Michalak and Monica Hardy Whaley

Save the Date!: Complying With U.S. Export Controls

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Thursday, June 14 and Friday June 15, 2012. Save the Date! Two-day export compliance seminar with the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

Transformation of the Ukraine Economy and Opportunities for US Business

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Wednesday, March 23, 2011.This program has been canceled.


Conversation with Congressman Jim McDermott

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Monday, March 7, 2011. Conversation with Congressman Jim McDermott