ITDU's Spring Conference will be held on June 17, 2008

International Trade Data Users Conference Baruch College Weissman Center, NY, June 17, 2008
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The Spring International Trade Data Users Conference will address recent economic events and their impact on global trade and investment trends. We have witnessed a dramatic fall in the value of the dollar, a surge in oil prices, and the worldwide financial fallout resulting from the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in the U.S. Growth of U.S. imports has declined and exports have surged, resulting in a lack of cargo space for exports.

Our keynote luncheon speaker, Joseph Quinlan, Managing Director and Chief Strategist at Bank of America, will discuss these and other worldwide economic trends in his keynote luncheon address “Economic Disruptions to the Global Economy and Trade”. Previously he worked for Morgan Stanley as a Senior Global Economist. Before that he was Director of Economic Research at the containership operator Sea-Land Service. He is the author of recent books on globalization and the global economy, and has published over 125 articles on international trade and economics. His just released book, “Globalization and Europe: Prospering in the New Whirled Order”, will be available at the conference.

Join us for a review of new developments concerning international trade data presented by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division. These include the Mandatory Filing of Electronic Export Data and the availability of state exports on USA Trade Online, including by NAICS code. The ITA will reveal their new on-line database on U.S. exports by Standard Metropolitan Area (SMA).


Ronald Jensen of the UN will discuss their recommendations for standardizing world-wide merchandise trade definitions and data collection.


The afternoon will be devoted to addressing implications of recent economic events on trade. What is the Impact of the Surge in U.S. Exports? Tim O’Connell, Director, Marketing North America for Maersk Line, will discuss the effects of the recent decline in growth of U.S. imports and the surge of exports on logistics and container shipping.


Michael Andrews of PIERS Global Solutions will present his outlook for containerized trade. Kevin Burwell, Director, Business Analysis & Strategy at the Virginia Port Authority, and a speaker from the College of William & Mary, will present the recent Port Impact Study completed for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


We are pleased to welcome representatives of Sinoimex directly from Dalian, China, who will discuss their need for quality trade information for the growing Chinese economy and what is currently available on the trade of China.


The conference includes a Membership Meeting of the ITDU and the election of a new Board of Directors


Take this opportunity to discuss trade information issues over lunch and at a networking reception (included) after the conference with your industry colleagues.

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