May 25, York, PA
Mr. Allan Klinge, President of Klinge Corporation, was invited to speak during a breakout session at the World Trade Center of Harrisburg’s International Trade Conference.
The session, called ‘Making Trade Agreements Work for You!’, included an overview of the services provided by the Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance (TANC) and the “local success story” of Klinge Corporation, a York, PA manufacturer of specialized refrigerated transport containers.
As part of the International Trade Administration’s Trade Agreements Compliance Program, TANC, ensures foreign compliance with international trade agreements. The program assists all U.S. exporters or investors facing trade barriers, including unfair testing, labeling, or certification requirements, government procurement issues, “border barriers”, and discriminatory investment requirements. Brian Woodward, Policy Director, Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance (TANC) served as a co-speaker during this breakout session.
During Klinge Corporation’s portion of the breakout session, Allan Klinge discussed how the TANC program assisted them in overcoming technical barriers to trade. The company had won a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian Defence Force, but the equipment was held up in customs abroad. Klinge Corporation reported a trade barrier on the International Trade Administration’s website and was immediately contacted by TANC to come up with a strategy to release the equipment. TANC leveraged bi-lateral discussions to work to resolve the issues. In the end, the contract was fulfilled and the Australian Defence Force has placed additional orders since the initial contract.