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World Trader - August09
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August 2009
Volume 6 | Issue 4

World Trader

 

Upcoming events

Mark your calendar and plan to attend our upcoming MGTA events. For more information about MGTA programs and meetings, click here.

7th Annual Golf Tournament

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Crystal Lake Golf Club | Lakeville, MN

Learn more

September Seminar: The CBP Trade Strategy
A conversation about what it is, what is it looking to accomplish and how it may affect your business.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:00 am–12:00 pm
Register today

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From the President

by Sandy Taylor, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MGTA President

Let's hope we see some warm weather in August and September. I could use some more sunlight myself. August 19th is our Annual Golf Outing – I hope to see many of you there. There are still openings for golfers, and three hole sponsor opportunities remain.

These are trying times for most companies and members of the MGTA. I'd love to see more companies and members using our Job Board. It is open to every member.

Our wonderful education committee will have transition options and great new topics.

I'm excited for our next forum in September. Look for a networking meeting where people who are interested in getting more involved by volunteering can hear more about where and what they can participate in. This year, I have seen a surge in volunteers who have become very active and have helped us provide higher-end topics and keep us at the heartbeat of the E-biz world.

Expansion with North Dakota and Wisconsin associations has kicked off, moving our association further in terms of our Midwest partnerships. Mari and Sandy have been reaching out to our Cooperating Organizations, planning for closer partnerships versus merely listing one another as C.O.s.

There are wonderful global companies in the Midwest – we must all remember to support and buy/spend our money from our local firms.

I wish to thank all who attend seminars, forums, and golf outings along with all those volunteering in the committees and such – this is truly the backbone of our organization.

Continued growth of sponsorship, advertising and such initiatives will assist in allowing us to grow and stay positive in a scary economy.

Let's leap into fall. I look forward to seeing everyone at upcoming fall seminars, forums and events.

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Technology Updates – August 2009

by Mark Toth, DB Schenker, MGTA Board Director, Communications Committee

To date, we have 78 members on LinkedIn! Sign up if you have not done so. It is a nice networking tool for MGTA Members.

The communications committee is interested in the needs of the membership. Please post on LinkedIn or send an email to my attention at mark.toth@mgta.org.

I am interested in how you use technology at your job and or home.
Please share how these tech tools would benefit the MGTA.
Examples being discussed include:

  • webinars
  • Twitter
  • video archive of seminar speakers

We have members throughout the Midwest with different needs.
Travel restrictions and/or scheduling conflicts are noted and respected.

We must use the alternate tools now available to us.

These ideas are not a replacement for Education Seminars. Our goal is to supplement. Let us hear from you.

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Changes to the VAT in the EU for 2010

From Blick Rothenberg

There are substantive changes on the way for the VAT. These changes will affect businesses that trade internationally and in particular where services are supplied to or received from other EU countries. For some businesses it will mean significant extra administration and may even require updating accounting and IT systems to enable compliance with the new rules. The following link is provided as a resource:
Business Review - VAT Briefing.

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MGTA Monthly Seminars

By Susan Senger, Saint Paul College

The Education Committee held its planning meeting in July at the Bremer Bank facility in Lake Elmo. The planning session goal was to create a schedule of seminars for the 2009-10 year based on membership input. Topics were chosen based on our past seminar evaluations and the MGTA surveys. We will be offering more half day programs hosted at our membership locations on a monthly basis. In addition to the monthly seminars, MGTA will offer timely webinars to keep our membership abreast of changes in the marketplace. If you are interested in joining the Education committee, contact Susan Senger at 651-846-1519 or susan.senger@saintpaul.edu.

Listed below is the tentative schedule of seminar events:

September 17, 2009
Topic: US Customs Strategies
Host Company: Medtronic

October
Topic: 10+2 Implementation and Enforcement
Host Company: C.H. Robinson

November
Topic: HTS

December
Topic: Export Management and Docs/ITAR

January
Topic: Cargo Screening/Haz-mat

February
Topic: Valuation

March
Topic: Import Docs and Compliance
Host Company: Target

April
Topic: Country of Origin/Marking

May
Topic: Supply Chain Management

June
Topic: Networking Event

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Featured Member Benefit

The MGTA member directory is the most sophisticated search tool to find trade professionals in our area. It is an easy reference to identify your colleagues in a variety of industry specialties and positions. Search by name, organization, company type, and more. If you have not already done so, make sure to update your profile online to help you connect with other members in your area of expertise.

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Welcome New MGTA Members!

The MGTA gains its strength as the leading organization to enhance the international business opportunities as we expand the reach of our membership. Now with well over 500 members, we proudly welcome the following individuals who have become a part of the MGTA:

Matt Bluem, St Mary's University
Lorena Gonzalez
Jim Kenney, Crown Iron Works Co.
Kent Runksmeier, Vision-Ease Lens

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2009 Annual Sponsors:

 

1236475

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