Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 24, 2013 – The Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER) at CSU Channel Islands (CI) and the Port of Los Angeles are pleased to present Trade Connect, a free export workshop highlighting promising export opportunities for California agricultural growers and food producers.  The workshop will take place Friday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision Making on the CI campus. 

The event features a collection of expert speakers discussing the advantages, opportunities and regulations involved in agricultural trade in the Pacific Rim.  Speakers include Dr. Sung Won Sohn, leading economist and director of IGER; as well as representatives from the Port of Los Angeles, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Limoneira, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Farm Bureau, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Participants will learn fundamentals of exporting, including identifying markets; financing and insuring overseas sales; documentation and logistics; sea and air cargo services; and trade show opportunities in Hong Kong.

Guests may register for the event online at iger.csuci.edu or by contacting Mary Hanley at 805-437-3316 or mary.hanley@csuci.edu.  The Port of Los Angeles is also accepting reservations at http://tinyurl.com/AGTC13 or by email at jcoronel@portla.org.  Light refreshments will be served.  Parking is complimentary; once on campus, follow event signs to the designated parking area.

Visit iger.csuci.edu for more information.

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