May is fast approaching, which means World Trade Month 2020 is almost here! A number of government, private and public organizations are hosting events celebrating the importance of international trade to the U.S. economy and educating people how to begin and grow their exports.
The World Trade Month Association publishes a list of these events organized by date, location and topic to make it easy to find events in your area or available online. Register now for free email updates of these events.
World Trade Month was first celebrated in 1927 by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made it a national observance in 1935. (Click here for a more complete history of World Trade Month.)
World Trade Month Events
Dozens of World Trade Month related events have already been added to the calendar, and dozens more are expected to be added before May 2020.
The theme for this year's World Trade Month Association website is "Growing exports in uncertain times." Events are organized in one or more of five categories: export compliance, export finance, export logistics and procedures, export marketing and sales, and U.S. trade policy.
Among the events already announced are celebrations by state trade offices or World Trade Centers in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Maine, New York, Northern California, Oregon, Philadelphia and Wisconsin. Other events offer more practical advice on export-related topics:
- Creating an export plan,
- Filing electronic export information through AESDirect,
- Shipping dangerous goods,
- Small business export assistance programs,
- Utilizing trade finance tools to grow exports,
- Working with chambers of commerce to create certificates of origin, and
- Working with foreign trade zones.
Organizations sponsoring World Trade Month events in May can add them to the Events Calendar by completing the registration form on the World Trade Month Association website. All submissions are subject to review and approval by the Association. There is no charge for the listing.
World Trade Month Sponsorship Opportunities
The World Trade Month Association offers three sponsorship levels to organizations interested in supporting World Trade Month 2020. Visit the sponsorship page for more details and to request additional information.