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Seminar set on free trade agreements

Staff Report
Published Feb. 21, 2013

The U.S. Commercial Service will host a seminar March 12 about the rules, regulations and money-saving impact from the most recent free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama.

The seminar is designed for companies seeking to cut down on exporting expenses as well as those that want to start exporting to these countries.

Speakers include Julie Anglin and Eric Sohn, Colombia and Korea desk officers with the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Mike Allocca, president of Allocca Enterprises. They will discuss how to take advantage of these recently signed free trade agreements, as well as how they differ from older agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Attendees will also hear from exporter Andy Robertson, sales manager for Asia with Orangeburg-based Zeus International.

“We’ve been waiting for these particular FTAs for years. Now is the time for our local companies to learn how they can take their products to these markets and increase their sales. We have a great roster of speakers lined up to help them do just that,” said USCS state director Dorette Coetsee.

The seminar will take place in Columbia from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the Capitol Center Tower. Tickets cost $35, which includes continental breakfast. For more information and to register, click here.

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.