On March 26, at the Amazon Arizona Building in Seattle, the Washington Council on International Trade’s Washington Trade Summit took place.

Over 300 business owners, government officials, and community leaders met to discuss important issues regarding international trade. This year’s theme focused on forecasting 2018 trade policy.

Notable speakers included U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th), U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-10th), and Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins.

Ryan Calkins, who represented NW Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma, spoke about how harbors offer economic prospects in trade, seafood, international tourism, and more.

Rep. Denny Heck also gave his thoughts on trade and the importance of re-establishing an Export-Import Bank that lends to foreign buyers to keep U.S. export prices competitive and helps maintain and grow U.S. jobs.

Heck explained that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without an operational government-sponsored trade credit organization. The former U.S. Export-Import Bank, EXIM, hasn’t been fully functional since 2014.