Saturday, July 08, 2006

A Voice for Small and Midsized U.S. Exporters

The problems you face today as an exporter are the same faced by exporters 30 years ago! The Executive and Legislative branches of our government didn't get it then and they don't get it now. Things aren't going to improve until YOU get involved - not with cash but with personal attention.

This SME Forum is the only place YOU can express your legitimate concerns and experiences in trying to compete in the global economy. It is a wake-up call for our leaders. Neither the Republican nor the Democrat leadership has provided you with the proper tools and support to help you be competitive. The Forum is a place for you to exchange information with your peers, and when the occasion calls for it, will result in a deluge of irate but informed emails and phone calls to those in Washington who have the authority to deal with our issues.

If you are willing to become involved, we can present a united front describing the issues that directly affect our business lives and the financial well being of the communities and country we love.

Recently, the WTO ruled in favor of the EU to impose high tarrifs on American agricultural products. The Saudis demand that your products be inspected by their agents at your expense, before they can be shipped. This is just one issue which makes us seem to be the world's "patsy" when it comes to trade.

Instead of politicians appointing unqualified cronies to be Secretaries or Administrators of departments that impact on your livelihood, we should be informed of the candidate's background before the appointment is made - and have an opportunity to express our opinions.

Until you speak out loudly and clearly, the politicians will continue down the same old path. We have given much to the world, but before we give them America, let's fight! Your input is vital, and the Internet makes it easy for you to express your needs as an International trade professional.

Let's have a dialogue through this blog site so we can deal effectively with Washnigton and our issues. Your response will be appreciated.


Blogger Laurel Delaney, Facilitator said...

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3:59 PM  
Blogger Laurel Delaney said...

You've got my attention and I am on board. I look forward to many more conversations on this important and relevant topic.

Thanks so much.


4:02 PM  
Blogger Jerry Smith said...

I agree that there is strength in numbers.......and we number plenty, but many important export issues are often ignored from failure to mobilize political forces of change. The SME Forum is another opportunity to galvianize ideas and actions that will benefit our countries economic security through export sales.
Jerry Smith
Transcon Trading Co., Inc.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jerry Smith said...

Sometimes it seems we (SME's) are victims of trickle down WTO rulings and decisiona. Notwithstanding the recent postponement of the Doha round efforts, SME's are seeds in the wind between the gale forces of the large multinations, i.e., aircraft industry (read Boeing/Airbus), agriculture sectors (read France/US). Feuding among national agriculture interest has such a enormous scatter-blast for SME's who are in food, snacks, animal supplements, soft drinks, lumber based products, etc. To my knowledge no one in Washington seems to be measuring the down stream impact on SME's during negotiations that usually focus only on the export tactics of the larger multinationals. Jerry Smith

5:54 PM  
Blogger Ed S. Benhoff said...

SMEs certainly seem to be ignored most of the time, but one problem is time since many small companies just don't have personal time to do all this. Also, as to the Doha Round, we're now down to morre specifics and the far knottier issues that have been only aluded to in the last two rounds. Now there are more countries in the pot and stickier issues. We've got a bunch of self serving politicians in this country that have to worry about covering their income/retirement interests so they throw up as many rodblocks as the French or anyone else.
Time constraints plus Washington plus keeping head above water in some folks case makes for a lot of cynicism at best. Doha Round needs to be pushed HARD For SMEs sake but more for the world's sake.

4:32 PM  

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