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“Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile- Combating Global Hunger and Climate Change Through Food Innovation and Technology

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

The CACC is delighted to have partnered with the World Affair’s Council on their “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile,” webinar series. The next installment will take place on July 28th, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EDT and will be an hour long discussion about the future of food and how innovation and technology can help us combat global hunger and fight climate change.

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Beyond Our Borders Series: Spotlight Chile – What Comes after COVID? An Economic Outlook through the Lens of Latin America

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

May 17, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its event partner, the Global Interdependence Center as we talk with Latin American finance and business leaders about the economic state of the region and what lies ahead after the pandemic. The “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile” series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile – Travel the World

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

5:00 – 6:00 pm EDT


Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific, this event will help audience members discover what Chile has to offer as a future travel destination-from food and wine to history and art, or from mountains and valleys to nightlife and urban living. Take a virtual journey with us to visit our southern neighbor! The “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile” series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

About the “Beyond Our Borders” Series

This event is part of new programming for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the “Beyond Our Borders” series. The Council is offering programming across its activities—speaker events, student programs, and travel (with the objective of hosting a tour in March 2022, due to COVID precautions)—to provide its members and the Greater Philadelphia community a deeper understanding of Chilean culture, politics, cuisine, and its role in the world at large.

The Council is focusing on Chile for the launch of this program series because of the robust and long-standing international relationship between the country and Philadelphia.  In addition to our relationship, which supports thousands of jobs, there is a multi-year initiative to increase tech industry relationships and business development.


Thank you and Farewell! – A Letter from Executive Director Christina Lista

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Dear CACC Members and Friends:

I write to you today with mixed emotions. My last day as Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia will be this Friday, February 19th. For more than six years, I have had the privilege of working with the CACC’s dedicated Board of Directors to broaden the Chamber’s scope and to grow our network in Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region. Little did I know, my role as an Intern during the last semester of my senior year at Temple University, assisting with a reception for the President of Chile, would be the entrée to this role. I’m truly grateful for all of the experience you have afforded me.

Highlights include several trips to and extended time in Chile—this business and cultural immersion gave me the drive and confidence to build the CACC into what it is today. Our partnership with Chile a Digital Country (Ch1l3) is one of my proudest achievements. Expanding upon Chile’s bounty of fruit that reaches our shores every winter, Ch1l3 represents Chile’s expert IT service industry. Testament to our growing partnership, we recently signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with ProChile and the City of Philadelphia. The opening of ProChile’s commercial office in Philadelphia in November 2020, notwithstanding the global pandemic, signals a new chapter of collaboration. A particularly special honor for me was representing Chile in Philadelphia’s diverse international business community. I’ve been lucky to collaborate with regional international chambers of commerce, consulates, the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, the PA Office of International Business Development, and many other important global leaders in the area.

I could not have accomplished any of this without the CACC’s steadfast Board of Directors and Membership, who have made my time as CACC Executive Director full of learning, laughter, friendship, and success. I’d especially like to express my sincere gratitude to the Executive Board: Bob—thank you for being our fearless leader and always willing to impart your wisdom; Andy—thank you for placing your confidence in me and being generous with your support; and Miriamthank you for being my confidante and a true example of what I hope to accomplish and aspire to become one day.

Despite my departure, the CACC will remain vibrant and engaged. On the agenda is the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s “Beyond our Borders: Philadelphia and the World,” a six-month long series of programming aimed at highlighting our region’s robust international connections. The first installment of this series will focus on Chile, including a diverse set of programs to provide the Greater Philadelphia community with a deeper understanding of Chilean culture, politics, cuisine, and its role in the world at large.

I look forward to remaining involved with the CACC through the port industry as well as other areas in my new role as Communications Manager with the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay. This is not goodbye, rather heartfelt thanks for your kindness, generosity and support.

With best wishes and sincere gratitude,
Christina Lista
Executive Director
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Photo from my first trip to Chile in 2017.

2020 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop Recap

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

In case you missed it, here is our full webinar of the Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop on our YouTube channel. This video features guest speaker Andrés Rodriguez, Agricultural Attaché at the Embassy of Chile ;  Moderator, John Ercolani, Vice President of J&K Fresh Fruit; and our incredible panelists and sponsors whom are listed below. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this insightful event!

Click here for the full webinar on our YouTube Channel. 

Confirmed Speakers:

Welcoming Remarks:

Joseph Martella
Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Guest Speaker:

Andrés Rodriguez
Agricultural Attaché, Embassy of Chile


John Ercolani
Vice President, J&K Fresh East


Dennis Rochford
President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Ed Fitzgerald
Senior Director of Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

Bruce Hildreth
Officer in Charge- Philadelphia, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Elliot Ortiz
Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Evan Moss
Senior Director, Perishables, J&K Fresh East

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

William Spence
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

“Why Nearshoring IT Services is the Best Option Now” Recap

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020


In case you missed it, here is our full webinar of “Why Nearshoring IT Services is the Best Option NOW” on our YouTube channel. This video features Humberto Salicetti, Advisory Partner at PwC; 2020 Visionary Award Recipient Martin Lewit; and Moderator, Lauren Swartz. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this insightful event!

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Ch1L3: Why Nearshoring IT Services is the Best Option Now

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

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Upcoming Events and Programs from the CACC & International Partners

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Oct. 6th- 8th Vinos de Chile: Wine School

This course will help you amplify your knowledge of wine and of the international wine industry, it will allow you to obtain a technical and appropriate language to better relate you with international clients and partners.

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Oct. 14th InvestChile: 5th American Digital Latin American Congress of Business and Technology

9:00 AM

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Oct. 14th Ch1l3: Why Nearshoring IT Services is the Best Option NOW

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

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Oct. 20-29th ProChile: Chile Connected

This virtual B2B matchmaking session seeks to connect Chilean producers of unique and value-added food and beverage products with potential buyers and partners.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact [email protected]

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Unstoppable- Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Unstoppable- Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Virtual Event Only

Our world as we know it changed dramatically during the past several months. In mid-March the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines to mitigate the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States. A small number of American airports were designated as “funneling airports,” permitting the entry of people and products arriving from overseas. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was not among them. The Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area is the eighth most populous region in the US; the second most populous region on the eastern seaboard; and the largest metropolitan area without approved air travel gateway status for transatlantic connectivity– a critical link to the US market. Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and the international business community for a time sensitive report, current data, and a forecast of PHL’s status and re-designation as a funneling airport during the coming weeks.

Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport; Gregg Caren, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; James J. Moses, Vice President, PHL Hub, LaGuardia, Boston, JFK and LaGuardia Operations & Premium Guest Services, American Airlines; Gary L. Tomasulo, Managing Director, Corporate Security, American Airlines; Stephanie Wear, Director of Air Service Development & Cargo Services, PHL International Airport; and Edgar Antístenes Vesga-Arias, Executive President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia International Medicine will be our featured panelists. Sylvie Gallier Howard, Acting Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia, will moderate the discussion and lead the speakers through Q&A at the end of the program.

This timely virtual event is pertinent to all private and public entities operating across industry sectors involved in international travel, trade and commerce. Please join us to learn more about PHL’s status as a funneling airport; how it’s affecting Philadelphia’s connectivity to the world; and how it may impact your future operations.

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2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop Recap

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop
December 13, 2019
Independence Seaport Museum

 Colleagues, port representatives, and government officials formed a panel to review and address the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

This year, the Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop featured the same relevant discussion, but with a different backdrop. The 2019 event was moved to the Independence Seaport Museum, an organization dedicated to deepening “the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art.” Roughly 60 attendees came to the workshop to hear from a panel featuring Ed Fitzgerald, GEODIS USA, Inc.; Lisa Himber, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; Evan Moss, J&K Fresh East; Frank Mowatt, Philadelphia USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Inspection Office; Elliot Ortiz, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Kurt Reichert, Western Fumigation; William Spence, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection Quarantine; and Russell Vandermark, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. John Ercolani, J&K Fresh East, served as Moderator.

At the event, a wide variety of topics were discussed, with each panelist addressing a different subject, speaking on behalf of their organizations. Himber mentioned how the Maritime Exchange is looking to expand the current wood treatment program, while Fitzgerald explained the various types of entry documentation. Moss reviewed regulations relating to Chile’s main exports to our region, fresh grapes and blueberries, Reichert told of the regulatory issues with methyl bromide.

 Representing government agencies, the second set of panelists predicted that the upcoming Chilean fruit season will be business as usual. Ortiz stated that Philadelphia is the busiest port for Customs and Border Protection in the country. Mowatt said his office was expecting no major changes, but inspection fees have gone up 10% since the first of October, Spence stated that he did not foresee any changes either, and Vandermark said that the sampling of Chilean fruit is expected to be the same as last year.

The CACC would like to thank the Independence Seaport Museum for hosting the event, the panelists for sharing their expertise, and the attendees. We would also like to thank the members who sponsored the 2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop: GEODIS USA, Inc.; Holt Logistics; J&K Fresh East; and Western Fumigation.