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Membership in the Midwest Global Trade Association is open to anyone who has an interest in global trade.

Benefits of Membership in MGTA

Personal and Professional Growth

Your ongoing personal and professional growth is critical no matter what point you are at in your career. Join an organization whose members are dedicated to growing and evolving in their professions. Build your professional circle by joining in our many events and volunteering on one of our committees. MGTA promotes a welcoming environment in which new and experienced members alike can connect around their common professional goals. Read more

Handy Online Membership Directory

An easy reference to your colleagues is available online to all of our members. Search by name, company, company type, and more.

Online Job Board

It’s an ideal tool when you need to make the right move. Member companies may post listings for free. Read more

Discounted Events

Rub shoulders with colleagues at our networking events, field a foursome at our Golf Outing, and/or attend the Winter Reception.  As a member, you may attend these events at a reduced registration fee.

Outstanding Value

With all of these great member benefits, your membership dues will quickly pay for themselves. So, what are you waiting for?

Professional Development Opportunities

Build your skills and expertise by attending our monthly professional development seminars. As a member, you may attend these events at a reduced registration fee.

Subscription to World Trader

Members receive bimonthly issues of World Trader, MGTA’s newsletter. World Trader is published six times per year to bring members news of meetings, activities, local and regional events, and pertinent articles that affect MGTA members.

Involvement and Leadership Opportunities

Get on the Board of Directors or join a committee that interests you—or lead one! Members can find a variety of opportunities to network with colleagues and improve our profession for all.

Global Trade Vendor Finder

This online platform allows companies conducting international trade to easily find the service providers that best fit their importing and exporting needs. Read more


Why Join MGTA?

Sandy Taylor

"The best part of being a part of MGTA is all the people you meet from so many diverse companies. MGTA is a great mix of retailers, medical firms, commodities companies, banks, forwarders, legal, insurance and service providers.”
Sandy Taylor, Hyundai Merchant Marine

Colleen Erickson

"Being an MGTA member has expanded my network within the trade community.”
Colleen Erickson, Target

"MGTA has been critical to my success! Through the MGTA network, I met my current employer and advanced my career. I have honed my leadership and organizational skills by serving on the Board and several Committees. I have had invaluable public speaking opportunities. The opportunities are there for anyone to dig in and participate, and I highly recommend it for both personal and professional growth!”
Pam Olson, CH Robinson

"Over the years, I have attended many MGTA (MITA and MWTA) functions. During that time, the greatest benefit to me of being an MGTA member has been the opportunity to keep in touch with a wide range of business associates—ones that I just wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see throughout the year without the MGTA seminars and functions. It becomes a means to measure the impact of national and international happenings with peers in the Midwest. That opportunity alone is a catalyst for individual and company growth.”
John Mattson LCB / CCS, North Star World Trade Services, Inc.

Whitney Docken

"Being a part of the MGTA has allowed me to form relationships with individuals and companies across the industry. I particularly enjoy networking at the Annual Reception and annual golf tournament. The MGTA is comprised of dynamic members that have a passion for what they do and also like to have fun!”
Whitney Docken, Target

"I first heard of this organization back in 1985 when I was in college. I joined because I was told I could build a great network and attend some useful seminars. Both were true! Over the years, I have used the seminars to update my skills and knowledge and have met some very informative people. This organization is something that grows and matures with you. There is always a wealth of information available at my fingertips, and I even learned how to golf last summer! MGTA = Minnesota’s Greatest Trade Ally!”
Kris Schleif, Polaris Industries, Inc.

Mari McClafferty

"What makes the MGTA shine is the consistency over the years with educational programs and website/newsletter updates. Visit for more info!”
Mari McClafferty, MGTA Past President

Scott Raes

"The MGTA provides wonderful opportunities for members to remain connected to the new requirement and regulations of global trade. So, there are definite benefits to be reaped from participating, whether as a volunteer for a MGTA event or committee, or as a MTGA board member: information, education, involvement, meeting people who share similar interests and concerns. But more than that, volunteering for the MGTA, and especially serving on the Board, is a way to give back to the association.”
Scott Raes, UPS

"I recently accepted a new position in Compliance after five years in the Contracts Administration arena. Attending the documentation seminars (my second day on the job) gave me the confidence to begin my new position without feeling adrift in the new terminologies and regulations. It also gave me direction on where to emphasize self-directed learning. I look forward to attending more seminars to expand my skill set and keep abreast of current changes in the Import/Export field. The seminars were very well put together with hands-on experience as well as lecture. The lectures were well-paced and informal enough to feel comfortable asking a question at the appropriate time.”
Renae Jensen, Emerson Process Management

Blake Bina

"Having been involved in international freight forwarding for the past 14 years in the Twin Cities, I've found the MGTA, and the programs they offer to be very beneficial. When first starting my career, the educational seminars were invaluable in helping me learn about international trade terms; now the forums help me to keep up with ever changing rules and regulations as they affect my industry and clients. Throughout the years, I've found the MGTA to be the premier business organization for networking, for individuals who are involved with international trade. I look forward to helping to grow the MGTA in the coming years, and expanding our membership into the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.”
Blake Bina, TSC Container Freight

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