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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]

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Pennsylvania department of Community & Economic Development
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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]


 Members: $55.00

Non Members: $75.00



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.”


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

International Business Networking Reception

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Winter 2013
International Business Networking Reception
Featuring the Governor of Delaware
Jack Markell

DuPont Country Club
1001 Rockland Road
Wilmington, Delaware

Members $55
Non-Members $75

For the third consecutive year, the members of the international business community have joined forced to host a business networking reception with the Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell.

On the evening of February 27, join hundreds of your business peers as Governor Markell shares his plans and efforts to keep Delaware as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

Don’t miss the international business networking event of the season!

For more information, please contact Mary Vercillo at [email protected] or 215-790-3627

Presenting Sponsors:

Royal Fumigation
The Port of Wilmington Delaware
McConnell Johnson Real Estate

Presented by:

British American Business Council
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber
America-Israel Chamber
Irish American Chamber
French American Chamber

A Toast to Twenty Five: Wines of Chile Experience

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Registration
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Program

In 2013, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia celebrates 25 Years of contributing to the progress and economic strength of the Philadelphia Region. Our list of new friends and business connections continue to grow at record pace; and we are inviting all the time to celebrate the Chamber’s anniversary.

Please join the Chamber’s Board of Directors and special guests to kick off 2013 by enjoying a variety of Chilean wines, appetizers, business networking and raffle prizes.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event, and show your support for the work the the Chamber does to keep the commercial and business tie between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region strong – let’s celebrate together!

$55/person for CACC Members
$75/person for Non-Members

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We look forward to your response by Wednesday, January 31. For more information, contact Mary Vercillo at 215-790-3627 or [email protected]

Delaware Governor and Chilean Ambassador Celebrate First Chilean Fruit Shipment of 2012-2013 Season

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell welcomed Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes and several Chilean entrepreneurs to the Port of Wilmington on Monday for the third annual Chilean fruit shipment to the state. The first shipment of Chilean winter fruit arrived to the U.S. onboard Pacific Seaways’s (PSW) chartered refrigerated breakbulk vessel.

“We are excited and honored that Delware’s seaport is the doorway through which Chilean fruit enters into North American homes this holiday season”  Markell said. He added, “Our robust bilateral trade and long and strong friendship with Chile create many good jobs and stimulates the economies on both sides of the equator and we are working to continue growing it into the future.”

Delaware’s Port of Wilmington oversaw 15.9 million cases of Chilean fruit estimated to value $600 million during the 2011-2012 season. On Monday, Markell tweeted that the shipment of Chilean fruits to Delaware supports 750 jobs at the port alone. “The Port of Wilmington Delaware produces jobs, revenue & fresh fruit that would otherwise be unavailable this time of yr. True win-win for Delawareans”; Markell tweeted.

The fruit trade between Chile and Delaware “generates $40 million in personal income, $42 million in business revenue and $4 million in tax revenue for the State and the region.”

Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes attended the event with fellow Chileans Ronald Bown, President of Exporters Association (ASOEX), and Francisco Labarca, Executive Director of Pacific Seaways.”We are gathered here today to commemorate the strong fruit trade partnership that exists between Chile and the state of Delaware, reflected by the arrival of the first vessel of the 2012/2013 season carrying Chilean fruit at the Port of Wilmington, on of the main gateways in the East Coast for shipments of Chilean fresh fruit”; Bulnes said.

He added, “Over the past decades this industry has been one of the most dynamic and innovative sectors of the Chilean economy and the US is the main destination market for our agricultural products. We look forward to further strengthening the relationship between Chile and the State of Delaware.”

Monday’s shipment included almost 6,600 pallets of table grapes, blueberries, peaches, cherries, nectarines, apricots and plums.

Photos from Event

Record-Breaking Crowd Honors Chilean- American Business Pioneers

Friday, November 30th, 2012

A record-breaking capacity-crowd of over 320 international business people, the maritime community, consular corps and well wishers packed the ballroom of Philadelphia’s Union League, saluting this year’s honorees at the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce- 15th Annual Friend of Chile Award ceremonies.

In his opening remarks, Chamber president Robert Palaima said Chilean & American economic developments continue to be one of the world’s most positive international news stories.

“As the needs of Chile’s technical, mining and agri-businesses continue to grow,” he said, “so do American businesses, taking part in this extraordinary 21st century success story.”

Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Stack took the occasion to commend the Chamber’s ingenuity and diplomatic
skills. In his remarks, he emphasized the vital role the Ports of the Delaware River play in Chilean and American economic success. Senator Stack also delivered good news about improving the Ports’ ability to attract even more world-wide business, detailing the operation to deepen the port’s channels by five feet.

Introducing the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Bob Palaima noted His Excellency, Felipe Bulnes has already spent a lot of time in the States while at Harvard Law School. Ambassador Bulnes had high praise for the Chamber’s international work, noting it’s one of the most successful Chambers in the U-S and longstanding relationships make that a reality”

During last year’s Friend of Chile Award ceremony, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett said he’d like to go to Chile. And just days before this event, came the announcement that he is booking the trade mission for mid-April of 2013.

Ambassador Bulnes, made special note of Governor Corbett’s newly announced plans to visit Chile, saying he was extremely pleased and looking forward to the visit of the Pennsylvania delegation.

The Ambassador was highly impressed with the work of the two award recipients David Schiro, of Jac. Vandenberg Incorporated and Don Caldwell of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In his thanks, he expressed the appreciation of his entire nation for their innovative and pioneering efforts.

Visionary business leader,  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Don Caldwell and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s Bacchanal! Wine Committee were given the Chamber’s Pablo Neruda Award. Their annual Bacchanal! and Wine Auction have evolved into a premiere philanthropic event, promoting cross-cultural understanding through a shared appreciation of Chilean wine and viticulture.

In his introduction, Robert Palaima recounted the efforts made by then-Academy Board Chairman Don Caldwell, describing a winning partnership where tradition, innovation and philanthropy work together securing fine art and artists, for centuries to come. PAFA’s one-day wine auction has now evolved into a weekend of highly successful events which are some of the most sought-after tickets in town, generating profound societal benefits, preserving the nation’s first art museum, oldest teaching academy and creating scholarships for future artists.

The Chamber’s prestigious Friend of Chile Award was presented to pioneering Chilean fruit importer David

As the president of the venerable import firm, Jac. Vandenberg Incorporated, David Schiro has helped make history and been a witness to history, in his 38 years with the company. He has seen the Republic of Chile go through all manner of profound societal changes, from earthquakes to transforming desert into lush farmland, then developing world-class produce and distribution strategies. Schiro has played a key role in helping expand the international market for Chilean fruit and watched its phenomenal trajectory into a worldwide leader and economic powerhouse. Chile is No. 14 in the world for food exports and rocketing toward the ‘Top Ten.’ Those numbers also mean well over 100,000 jobs from the farms of Chile to the docks of the Delaware River.

Leo Holt, of Holt Logistics, presented the Friend of Chile award to David Schiro, recounting examples of Schiro’s strength and rare ability to remain and create calm, even in the most hectic and heated circumstances.

Everyone there reveled in Chile’s modern-day, feel-good story of the ‘Little Engine that Could.’

Ricardo Maldonado, Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber said,“These are the kinds of alliances and success that insure a better future for everyone. With the academy of fine arts and Chile, we have a wonderful example demonstrating that when the Arts and Business get together – the entire society is the really big winner. With David Schiro and Jac. Vandenberg, we see the mutual appreciation and benefits of a deep and enduring friendship. Chile and its North American partners are lighting the way.”

In a world too-often focused on turmoil, the Chilean & American story of international cooperation and expanding prosperity is a genuine inspiration.

In 2013, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce celebrates 25 Years of contributing to the progress and economic strength of the Philadelphia Region.

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Pennsylvania Governor is going to Chile in the spring of 2013!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Governor Tom Corbett will lead a delegation of Pennsylvania business, tourism and university leaders on a business development mission to Brazil and Chile next spring that will focus on creating new economic opportunities and job growth.

“Brazil and Chile are two of the world’s fastest growing economies and we have seen a growing interest in the market from Pennsylvania companies,” Corbett said. “Strengthening our trade relationship with these countries will lead to new business growth and jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

As part of the Governor’s Jobs First initiative, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is organizing the April 2013 jobs mission to Brazil and Chile in partnership with Team Pennsylvania Foundation. The trip will be paid for through private funding.

The mission will concentrate on growing the Pennsylvania economy and creating jobs through:

  • promoting our export market,
  • attracting foreign investment,
  • promoting Pennsylvania’s world class port system to increase traffic,
  • international student recruitment and
  • promoting Pennsylvania as a top destination for tourism.

“I am committed to creating an economic climate that positions Pennsylvania to compete for jobs in the U.S. and throughout the world,” Corbett said. “As the chief executive of the world’s 20th largest economy, I am leading this delegation to help open new opportunities for job growth.”

Brazil’s economy is currently the seventh largest in the world and the top economy in South America with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $2.08 trillion in 2011. Chile is the fifth largest economy in South America with a GDP of $212.7 billion.

Together, Brazil and Chile are Pennsylvania’s seventh largest export destination and recently, there has been an upward trend in exports to both countries. This past year alone, Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development has experienced an increase in activity from its trade clients in both markets.

In March 2012, Corbett led a business development mission to France and Germany. Over the course of six days, the delegation participated in meetings, seminars, events and business-to-business appointments. As a result, seven trade agreements are already under consideration and an estimated $1.25 million in new export sales have been generated.

Additionally, the mission generated 16 new investment leads and 10 active projects that have the potential to create more than 580 new jobs.

  • Hydrotechnik signed a lease in Sewickley, Allegheny County and expects to begin operations in mid-November. This project will result in 15 new jobs.
  • ANSYS will open a new 186,000 square-foot facility in the fourth quarter of 2014 and has committed to creating 180 new jobs in three years.
  • Alstom Grid, an electrical grid management company, announced they are moving its U.S. headquarters from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia.
  • B. Braun announced its continued expansion in the Lehigh Valley, opening a Central Admixture Pharmacy services facility that will employ 70 people.