WCBA hosts seminar on global business programs

The Fortunagracht, the first ship in the Cleveland-Europe Express.

The Fortunagracht, the first ship in the Cleveland-Europe Express.

The International Trade Assistance Center in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University is offering a seminar 9 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, March 27, to showcase three effective global business support programs for Northeast Ohio businesses – the Cleveland- Europe Express Linear Service, Foreign Trade Zones and the Global Trade Group.

David Gutheil, vice president of Maritime & Logistics for the Port of Cleveland; John Senese, vice president of International Operations for NEOTEC; and Ron DeBarr, president/CEO of NEOTEC and administrator of Northeast Ohio’s Foreign-Trade Zones 40 and 181, will talk about the benefits of participating in the Free Trade Zone program and how to optimize international business by reducing shipping costs while complying with increasingly complex international regulations.

Registration for the seminar is $25 and includes continental breakfast. To make a reservation, contact Mousa Kassis, international trade advisor, at 330-941-2145 or Mhkassis@ysu.edu. Registration can be paid at the door.

The Cleveland-Europe Express Liner Service was established in 2014 and enables direct maritime shipment to Antwerp at competitive rates and significant timesavings.

The Foreign-Trade Zone program, created by Congress in 1934, helps increase the competitiveness of U.S. companies by providing significant, ongoing cost savings in their global supply chain.

Benefits of participating in the Free Trade Zone program will also be covered. Reduction of shipping costs while complying with increasingly complex international regulations can optimize international business.

NEOTEC’s Global Trade Group helps companies accelerate growth into international markets with a complete realm of counseling services, from basic export assistance to in-depth, tailored international trade support.

Mousa Kassis

Mousa Kassis

YSU’s International Trade Assistance Center offers a variety of export counseling at no cost to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the tri-county area that are interested in developing international markets, and to existing exporters wanting to expand their markets. Kassis is available to offer assistance. He previously established export markets and opportunities in Canada, Kuwait, Djibouti and India. As an ITAC advisor, Kassis connects U.S. companies with international companies and assists with negotiations in a number of industries including mining, construction, solar energy, and water purification.