Tradeline June 8, 2005

World Trade Center Alaska

Upcoming Events

World Trade Center Alaska invites you to attend our  Luncheon

"Growing Alaska's International Trade Economy"

An Update on Alaska's export performance and prospects for growth

Speaker: Mr. Greg Wolf,
Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska

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When: Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Where: Wells Fargo Bank (Northern Light and "C" Street), Fifth Floor
Time: 12 noon (doors open 11:45 am)

Fee: $20- WTCAK member, $25 - non-member

For more information
WTCAK at 278-7233
or e-mail:

Premium Level Members

CEO Club:
Horizon Lines of Alaska L.L.C.
Wells Fargo Bank Alaska
Lynden International  
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Russia Jet Direct
South Central Timber Development

3M Alaska
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Business Publishing Co.
Alaska Interstate Construction L.L.C.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
ConocoPhillips Alaska
International Telecom
UBS Financial Services
United Parcel Service

Contact Information

431 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 108, Anchorage, Ak 99501
Phone: (907) 278-7233,
Fax: (907) 278-2982,


Greg Wolf
Executive Director

Alex Salov
Office Manager

Peter Ratner
Program Coordinator










Message from the Executive Director

Dear Members:

I hope you are enjoying the summer season as it unfolds. While some of you are undoubtedly taking some much deserved vacation time to get out and partake in summer activities, this is the time of year that we receive many out of town visitors at the Center, many from overseas. So keep an eye on your e-mail inbox for our announcements and newsletters. Over the summer and into the fall we are planning an impressive roster of presentations and events that you won’t want to miss. Also, as circumstances warrant, we will be conducting executive briefings on specific international business opportunities.

Congratulations to WTCAK member Hawaiian Vacations whose sister company, Alaskan Vacations, was the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award in recognition of their commencement of direct passenger flights between Anchorage and cities in Japan. This year four cities—Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Nagoya—will be served. These flights not only bring thousands of tourists to Alaska but also provide an important link for business travelers. Japan has been and remains the state’s largest trading partner. Last year Alaska’s exports to the country totaled $1.2 billion, accounting for 38% of the state’s total worldwide exports.

On the subject of exports, I will be making a special presentation, “Building Alaska’s International Trade Economy,” at our luncheon meeting on Wednesday, 15 June 2005. The luncheon will be held in the Fifth Floor Conference at Wells Fargo Bank (Northern Lights and “C” Street) and gets underway at 12 Noon. During the presentation, I will provide an update on exports to Alaska’s Top Ten markets and will discuss prospects for export growth.

Finally, working together with our trade colleagues, we are planning a special focus on China during the month of September. The month’s activities will include an Alaska-China Business Conference and a trade mission to Shanghai. More details will be available soon but be thinking now about how we can help you to position your company as China’s economic growth engine continues to roar ahead.

Greg Wolf

Executive Director

Many thanks to new or renewing members. It is the support of our members that enables WTCAK to provide the information and services that help make trade happen

Quadra Chemicals Western Inc
The UPS Store
New World Travel
Writing By Marie
10th & M Seafoods
Ruddy Bradley & Kolkhorst
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
Trident Seafoods Corporation
Rim Architects

On May 11 World Trade Center Alaska presented at the UAA Consortium Library a Special Luncheon "Vietnam Today: Commercial and Cultural Opportunities Between Alaska and Vietnam" with Mr. Hoang Cong Thuy, Director of the North America Department of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations as the featured speaker.

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The visit to Alaska by Mr. Thuy and his delegation was sponsored by the
Vietnam Friendship Village Project.


Our partner organization FITA provided us this information, that will be useful for those of you who are interested to see more sites with trade leads. Well, feast your eyes on the Hot Trade Leads Database at the Centers for International Trade Development site. This page has links to many trade lead databases on the Web (including the one at FITA's site). We found hundreds of sites for importers and exporters, searchable by country or region of the world. And this is just one page at this useful site. If you click on "Trade Information Database" in the left column, you'll find links to statistics, market research, international standards, trade documentation, logistics, and much more.