May 21, 2009
The Massachusetts Export Center has partnered with some of the area’s leading exporting firms to form the Compliance Alliance, a special new initiative designed to help the state’s businesses enhance their export compliance and global trade competitiveness. The Compliance Alliance will provide a forum for exporting firms to network, share best practices and stay current on export regulatory compliance issues.
The launch of the Compliance Alliance took place in Boston following a two-day conference organized by the Export Center that featured officials from a number of federal export regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and others.
“In today’s complex and dynamic export regulatory environment, companies that don’t take a proactive and preemptive approach to export compliance leave themselves open to possible enforcement action,” said Paula Murphy, director of the Massachusetts Export Center. “Through the Compliance Alliance, we hope not only to better educate companies on export controls, but also to create an environment where companies can share best practices and learn from one another.”
To help prepare for the Compliance Alliance, the Massachusetts Export Center appointed an advisory board consisting of some of the state’s leading exporters, including Teradyne, Genzyme, Avid Technology, AMETEK Aerospace and others. “Exports are a critical part of Teradyne’s sales base, so we need to take advantage of every opportunity to ensure that our export operations are fully compliant with the law,” said Brian Amero, director of global compliance and regulatory affairs at Teradyne and chair of the Compliance Alliance advisory board. “The Compliance Alliance provides us with a unique opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest export regulatory trends while gaining real-world insight from other exporters.”
The Massachusetts Export Center, part of the state’s Small Business Development Center Network, is a government office that provides export counseling, technical assistance, training, international market research and export promotional services to Massachusetts businesses seeking to expand into new global markets.
“We are fortunate to have the Massachusetts Export Center as part of our network,” said Georgianna Parkin, state director for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). “Thanks to the Export Center, not only can the MSBDC help businesses to compete locally, but we can also help them to succeed globally.” The MSBDC is a federal-state partnership with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Business Development through the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.