International Trade Assistance Partnership (iTAPP)

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Pennsylvania Companies Conquering Global Markets

PAchamberThe Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has partnered with Stevens & Lee/Griffin International (SLGI) to underscore the importance of maintaining a strong and growing export sector within the Pennsylvania economy. The International Trade Assistance Partnership Program (“iTAPP”) has been tasked with the mandate of assisting Chamber members to increase their international sales to selected markets around the world, beginning with Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Japan. Other future target markets include Europe and Africa. Should you have an immediate need to access any of these markets, please contact us for a tailored export needs analysis.

Why Your Company should participate in iTAPP

  • iTAPP offers the most cost-effective way for a Pennsylvania company to receive ongoing trade support in important, growing export markets. To join our program either in Chile/Colombia/Peru, in Brazil, or in Japan, the fixed monthly fee for Chamber members is $1,500 – a 20% discount over the non-Chamber member fee of $1,875.
  • The program is led by the Commonwealth’s longest-serving Deputy Secretary for International Business Development, Wilfred Muskens, and the former Secretary of DCED, Sam McCullough, who was responsible for making international trade a strategic economic development priority for Pennsylvania.
  • The state no longer offers free or low-cost trade support services in any of those markets.
  • Participation will also help you stay abreast of changes in federal policy, law, rule and regulation which impact international trade.

How Your Company can participate in iTAPP

  • SLGI has exclusive contracts with highly experienced trade specialists in each country – substantially all of these professionals were previously under contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have assisted over 500 Pennsylvania companies, generating over $500 million in new export sales.
  • SLGI will conduct an initial interview with you free of charge. We will discuss your business plan, products and services, export strategy, and specific goals and needs as they relate to developing changes in federal policy, law, rule and regulation to determine how the iTAPP program can most effectively help you succeed in this changing environment.
  • If we jointly determine that your request for assistance is limited in time and doesn’t require ongoing in-market support, we will work with you on a customized quote (20% discount for Chamber members).

Pennsylvania Export Success Stories from SLGI’s Network of International Contractors

  • A Central Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of heavy equipment was able to export $20 million of Pennsylvania-made equipment to the Brazilian market over a three-year period and grow its export sales by 50%.
  • A Greater Philadelphia health care provider entered the Brazilian market and over a three-year period grew its export sales from 0 to $1 million.
  • A commercial vehicles company from Western Pennsylvania was able to sell $130,000 of Pennsylvania-made products into the Chilean market since 2016.
  • An industrial products company from Western Pennsylvania sold over $500,000 in “made in Pennsylvania” products to Chile and Colombia over a two-year period.
  • A mining equipment company from Northeastern Pennsylvania generated over $160,000 in export sales to Chile and Colombia over a two-year period.

For more information on how Stevens & Lee/Griffin International can assist you, contact Wilfred H. Muskens at 717.399.1728 or whm@slginternational.com.