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Full to Capacity Crowd Spotlights Philadelphia’s International Presence

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Philadelphia’s status as an international city on the move was completely in evidence at the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Summer Reception at the Hyatt Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia. For the fourth consecutive year, the Chamber’s sold-out mid-summer event brought together the region’s bi-lateral chambers of commerce and consular corps to discuss the area’s economic growth and plans for continued progress.

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The masters of ceremonies were Larry Antonucci, president of J & K Fresh East [a division of 721 Logistics] and Ship Philly First and James Wujcik, vice president of business banking for Santander Bank. Antonucci announced details of Ship Philly’s recent trip to Vera Cruz, Mexico, spearheading direct ocean service from Vera Cruz to the Port of Philadelphia. “We are enhancing that great economic engine – the Port of Philadelphia. With direct ocean service, we override the need for trucks and air travel costs, reducing the carbon foot print while creating more jobs in Philadelphia.” The successful delegation included Mexican Consul of Philadelphia, Carlos Giralt and the Chamber’s Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Industries. Their extremely warm reception gave the group great hope that the current $10 billion in bilateral trade between Mexico and Pennsylvania will be going up in the very near future. Jim Wujcik of Santander Bank said, “With fifteen thousand branches around the world including here in the Delaware Valley, we know the realities and benefits of global mobility.” Wujcik then introduced the evening’s featured speaker, Alan Greenberger, Philadelphia’s dynamic Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.

Greenberger regaled the crowd with his amiable and gently authoritative detailing of all the many ways Philadelphia has become a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade. He noted the Chilean Chamber attracted a wide range of supporting sponsors and attendees from the banking, maritime, business, legal, diplomatic, education and government sectors.

Greenberger said the communities attending the event are on the cutting edge of Philadelphia’s auspicious, multi-national initiatives. “If you want to be economically healthy in the 21st century – you have to be an international city and we have so many selling points here,” he said. “The Port of Philadelphia is on course for the fifth consecutive year of double digit cargo growth, world class research and educational institutions, the number of jobs in the city is the highest it’s been in eleven years and there is a flood of start-up businesses now operating here.” Greenberger has logged about 50, 000 miles of travel selling Philadelphia to the world. “We are so well received everywhere we go. This is why you go. You can’t sit at home and wait. You have to look people in the eye and say this is our story and here’s what we can do together.”

Also in attendance was the man responsible for expanding Philly’s powerhouse multi-national Aramark’s global frontiers. Martin Welch is Aramark’s chief operating officer for emerging markets.

Mr. Welch: does Philadelphia’s commercial future and strength rest in its international footprint? “Business today is global – all great cities must be able to attract global companies and talent,” said Welch. “Having an International footprint not only creates employment opportunities for citizens, it provides a diverse and vibrant commercial environment that spurs innovation and creativity that fuels further economic and commercial development.”

There was such a wide array of the Tri-State area’s business constellation at the Bellevue, what does this say about Philadelphia, Aramark and the Chilean Chamber? “The diverse and active participation and cooperation of multiple chambers uniquely positions the city and region to be an aggressive advocate supporting the development of business,” Welch said. “This collaborative approach creates an exciting dynamic that is very powerful in attracting business and jobs. The Chilean Chamber has done an outstanding job in bringing together likeminded partners to support the development of international business in the city. Aramark is in the customer service and people business globally where ever people learn, work, play and recover. Our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people through our offerings in food, facilities and uniform services in 22 countries around the world every day. The team at Aramark recognizes the critical role that an international portfolio provides to the overall success of the company and the importance of delivering excellence to markets outside the U.S.”

These great conversations fueled an evening of vital business information and new perspectives, made possible by the long reach and expanding influence of the Chilean & American Chamber and its business partners.

Latin America 2014: Economic, Business & Trade Forecast Panel Discussion

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

16th Annual Friend of Chile Award Luncheon

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Please join us at our 16th annual awards luncheon at Hyatt at the Bellevue on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Come celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural, and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

11:30 AM Chilean Wine Tasting and Reception
12 Noon Luncheon & Award Ceremony

Hyatt at the Bellevue, Grand Ballroom
200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Corporate Sponsorship ( 8 seats) – $1,500

CACC Member Ticket- $150

CACC Non-Member Ticket- $200

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The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual
Friend of Chile Award Luncheon

Please join us at our 16th annual awards luncheon as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural, and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Receiving the 16th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award:

The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of the State of Delaware

Receiving the “Lifetime Achievement” Award:
Thomas Mastromarco, Holt Logistics
Harold Sbrocco, Sbrocco International

 

Visionary Sponsors:

Holt Logistics Corp

Royal Fumigation

 

Presenting Sponsors:

Port of Wilmington

Sbrocco International

Western Fumigation

Corporate Sponsors:

BDO
Capespan North America
Delaware River Stevedores
Dole Fresh Fruit
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Holt Logistics
J&K Fresh East, div of 721 Logistics LLC
OHL Global Freight Management and Logistics
Mattioni Ltd
Murphy Marine Services
Pacific Delaware
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware
Port of Wilmington & Diamond State Port Corporation
Royal Fumigation
Sbrocco International
Unifrutti of America
Western Fumigation
Wines of Chile

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rong Lai at 215-790-3627 or [email protected]

Chilean Fresh Fruit Trade Operations

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Save the Date!

 

October 31, 2013

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM tour of Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program

Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave., J-232
Philadelphia, PA 19153

What to expect in the upcoming Chilean fresh fruit season?

Join us in an interactive experience with colleagues, port representatives and government officials to review trade, technical, legal, regulations and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware River. Don’t miss out!

There is no charge for CACC members to attend; however, attendence is limited and reservations are required.

3 tickets per member company

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For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rong Lai at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

 

Corporate Sponsors:

Delaware River Stevedores

Globo Fruit

Holt Logistics

J&K Fresh East

OHL

Western Fumigation

 

The Sister Chambers Agreement will establish a new level of partnership between the state of Pennsylvania and Chile and will create jobs and promote mutual business growth.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

A history-making agreement was signed yesterday, Tuesday, July 16, between the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACCGP), the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce of Chile (AMCHAM) and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

The signed Sister Chambers Agreement will establish a new level of partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and Chile and will create jobs and promote mutual business growth.

As the Chilean economy continues to grow, the country is seeking energy sources more reliable and plentiful than its hydroelectric and mostly imported fossil fuels. Government officials and businessmen in Chile have shown a keen interest in Pennsylvania’s natural gas. The agreement calls for the exchange of legal, financial and economic information that will enhance the business relationship between Pennsylvania and Chilean companies. It also provides opportunities for businesses to participate in fairs and exhibitions in Santiago and Pennsylvania.

“This agreement is the culmination of decades of sincere friendship and extraordinary business success between the Republic of Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region,” CACCGP Executive Director Ricardo Maldonado said. “From this agreement, new initiatives will bring even greater prosperity to the business communities of our two countries.”

“The success of Pennsylvania is a testament to a vibrant business culture, a public sector vision with a view towards long term sustainability and strong public-private partnerships,” said Kathleen Barclay, President of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Chile). “Our business mission is composed of Chilean energy sector leaders and is tasked with the objective of identifying trade and investment opportunities, as well as learning from the innovative and successful experience of the state in the energy sector. We look forward to strengthening our ties with both Pennsylvania and its business community during our visit.”

In April 2013, the CACCGP joined Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania, on a trade mission to Chile. The CACCGP took part in a series of high level meetings which will result in expanded connections and maximized opportunities between its members and their Chilean counterparts.

Innovative, highly successful meetings were held between the CACCGP and Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera, the Minister of Mines, the Republic’s top business leaders, the Santiago Chamber of Commerce, members of the United States Embassy, Federation of Industry of Chile (SOFOFA), AMCHAM, Pro Chile and Wines of Chile. These trail-blazing meetings were held to create the highest priority status for CACCGP members along all the avenues of business power in Chile.

“I led a Jobs First Mission this spring to South America to open new ventures for economic growth and job creation while further solidifying our trade relationship,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “We returned from the mission less than three months ago and we are already seeing positive results. The partnership formed today between these highly regarded chambers of commerce will enhance trade and promote mutual investment in both Pennsylvania and Chile.”

In addition, the CACCGP signed an agreement of understanding with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce that increases CACCGP members’ ability to expand the depth of horizons for trade between the U.S. and Chile, giving CACCGP members an even greater presence in Chile’s agribusiness, mining, information technology, energy, and bio-technology industries.

Last month, fresh from that rewarding mission, CACCGP members stood on the docks of the Delaware River with Chile’s Minister of Agriculture and received a delegation from the Chilean fresh produce industry with the purpose of strengthening the commercial trade relationship between Chile and the ports along the Delaware River. Today, the Delaware River receives 52 percent of total fruit exports from Chile to the US. Looking only at the fruit sector, the value of shipments from Chile to the Delaware Ports increased from approximately $189,300,000 in 1989 to $801,018,000 in 2010. The total value of all imports from Chile into the Delaware River Ports rose from $192,020,000 in 1989 to $966,330,000 in 2010.

 

Source: http://www.ilovechile.cl/2013/07/17/historic-agreements-signed-chile-pennsylvania-business-organizations/88571

Wine Reception in honor to Chile’s Energy Sector Trade Mission

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Chile’s Energy Industry
Wine Reception in honor to Chile’s Energy Sector Trade Mission

Tuesday, July 16th
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Members $75
Non-Members $100

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From its vast wind, hydropower, and biomass resources in the South to its robust solar resources in the North and overall geothermal potential throughout the country, Chile offers a clean energy potential few countries can match. In addition, high energy prices, strong economic growth, and rising energy demand make Chile an attractive market for future renewable energy development.

On July 16, the Chamber is delighted to host a delegation of Chilean companies, leaders and organizations in the energy sector including Picific Hydri, GDF Suez, Sun Edison, Amcham Chile, among others. Join us for a wine reception to learn more about Chile’s energy sector, and areas of opportunity for U.S.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency exporters.

Space is limited. For more information, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769 or [email protected]

Presented by:
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With the support of:
Government of Chile Logo
AMCHAM Chile
Pennsylvania department of Community & Economic Development
Team PA

International Business Networking Reception

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Featuring the Honorable Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Program

 

Broad & Walnut Streets 19th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102
            For the third consecutive year, the members of the international business community have joined forces to host a business networking reception with the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter. Philadelphia is an international city on the cutting edge of economic and business development. Encouraging new investment and commercial trade interaction between Philadelphia and the rest of the world is a priority for Mayor Michael Nutter.
On the evening of July 30, join hundreds of your business peers as Mayor Nutter shares his plans and efforts to keep Philadelphia as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.
For sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about this program, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3627 or [email protected]

Fees

 Members: $55.00

Non Members: $75.00

 
 

Registration

Registration ends Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Chile – Greater Philadelphia Region: Celebrating 25 years of Strong Partnership

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Over 200 members of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the international business community joined together in a function to celebrate the Chamber’s 25th anniversary standing up for bilateral relations between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce presented the 8th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile” dinner highlighting unique Chilean wines and cuisine this past Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the DuPont Country in Wilmington, Delaware.

Ronald Bown, president of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), was recognized for his contribution to the promotion of Chilean fruit in the US and his role in strengthening relationships between the two countries.

During the awards ceremony, Bown picked up the 2013 Visionary Award in celebration of these achievements. Crisitan Allende Marin, President of the Fruit Growers Federation of Chile (Fedefruta), also received recognition from the Chamber.

“Chile stands out as being a key fresh fruit supplier to the world, the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere and the worldwide leading exporter for table grapes, plums, blueberries and, within the top five countries, of avocados, cherries, apples and pears,” Bown commented.

Bown highlighted Asoex’s achievements as a facilitator in the export process, from opening new markets, market promotion and communicating market regulations for exporter compliance, to harmonization of market requirements, administration of phytosanitary agreements with other countries and training programs for industry workers.

“Chile is one of the largest and most successful fresh fruit exporters to the US market, based primarily on its geographical location, consistent high product quality, a solid and sustainable economy, and an understanding of the country’s development within a base of foreign commerce and institutional commitment,” he added.

Chile is currently ranked 17th among the world’s food exporters and is predicted to be among the top ten exporters by 2014. In direct relation to the region, 65% of all Chilean fruit exports arriving to the U.S. enter through Delaware River ports.  Not only has this relationship resulted in the wide availability of fresh fruit in the winter for U.S. consumers, it has provided thousands of family sustaining jobs in the greater Delaware valley.

“The Chilean American Chamber of Commerce is one of the most successful of Chambers promoting and building upon commercial and cultural relations between Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Republic of Chile.  We take advantage of the reverse growing seasons to enjoy the bounty of fresh fruit from Chile during the winter, and thanks in large measure to the Free Trade Agreement, area companies now export increasing volumes of machinery to Chile, especially for use in the mining industry.  Our Ports work both ways to the mutual benefit of both nations,” said Ricardo Maldonado, Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce . Maldonado continued, “When you think about Chile and the relatively small size of the country and population, it’s amazing that their agricultural exports dominate the market to the extent that they do.”

Corbett, Chilean officials honor a growing fruit trade

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Gov. Corbett and senior agricultural officials from Chile gathered at Packer  Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia on Tuesday to mark what they say is  a growing Chilean and South American fruit trade to Philadelphia.

On a pier behind them, the Bahia Castillo, a refrigerated cargo ship, was  unloading fresh Chilean fruit. About 10,000 pounds of the grapes, kiwis, apples,  and pears were donated to Philabundance, the hunger relief group, which took the  fruit by truck to area food pantries.

A delegation that went with Corbett last month on a trade mission to Chile  and Brazil met with Chilean Agricultural Minister Luis Mayol Bouchon and invited  him to Philadelphia.

“Historically, the Port of Philadelphia was the principal port for the United  States for all exports of fresh fruit from Chile,” Mayol said.

About 40 percent of all Chilean agricultural exports to the United States  pass through the ports on the Delaware River, and 86 percent of those exports  are fruit.

Grapes, apples, pears, cherries, and citrus fruit from Chile are “winter”  fruit, and begin arriving here in early December. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake in  Chile in 2010 slowed fruit shipments, but after the government and people of  Chile made repairs, the fruit harvest and shipments have returned to previous  volumes.

“Chile is Pennsylvania’s largest out-of-country provider of fruit and wine,”  Corbett said. “This port puts the goods of any importer within a day’s drive of  almost half the population of our nation.”

Philadelphia handles $680 million a year in imports from Chile. “As I told  the agricultural minister, we love Chile, and hope to continue to do business  with them for a long time,” said Charles Kopp, chairman of the Philadelphia  Regional Port Authority.

The way fruit is shipped is changing from “break bulk” cargoes loaded  individually on pallets to giant containers such as truck trailers.

About 533,000 metric tons of Chilean fruit arrive annually at ports on the  Delaware River, said Sean Mahoney, the port authority’s marketing director.

The Philadelphia port handles 44 percent of the fruit on the river. The other  56 percent goes to South Jersey and Wilmington ports.

“It’s a very, very important trade to the region,” Mahoney said. “Other  ports, like Miami in South Florida, are looking closely at ways to try to take  the cargo out of this area and move it up by train to markets in the  Northeast.

“We want very much to grow the fruits and vegetables that are coming in, and  hold onto this tremendous opportunity that we have.”

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20130515_Corbett__Chilean_officials_honor_a_growing_fruit_trade.html#WVBwrAY5ZeZB6Mow.99

Photos and Video from reception with Governor of Delaware Jack Markell

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Last week, Wednesday February 27th, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with a group of international chambers of commerce held an exceptional networking reception (close to 200 guests) at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington. In addition to speaking about the importance of international trade and commerce in the State of Delaware, special guest Governor Jack Markell stayed for more than an hour to chat one-on-one with those in attendance.

It was our third international chambers reception in Delaware and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the future based on the event’s overwhelming success. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who was there.

Photos from the event: Here

Video from the event Here