Massachusetts Export Center

 This year's Export Expo will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018!

Join us for the state’s largest and most important export event of the year that brings together resources, training and information for the local exporting community!

The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide range of export resources available in Massachusetts while learning about issues that impact their day-to-day export operations. The event will include an exhibit area featuring government, non-profit and private sector service providers serving the export community. Coinciding with the exhibition, the Export Center will convene workshops and roundtable discussions throughout the day on a variety of export-related topics.

This year’s Export Expo will focus on the rapidly-changing global trade environment, including recent and anticipated shifts in U.S. trade policy. Hot-button issues such as China and tariff policy, tightening foreign investment policy, USMCA and free trade policy, export controls, sanctions, enforcement and more will be addressed, with a focus on helping companies to navigate a dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment.

Richard Ashooh


Richard Ashooh, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration [bio]

Assistant Secretary Ashooh will provide an update on the latest export regulatory developments and the outlook for export control policy.  Specifically, he will address BIS’ implementation of the directives set forth under the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA), including the review of end-use and end-user controls for exports to China and other U.S. and U.N. arms embargo markets.  He will also discuss how BIS is working with other agencies to identify “emerging and foundational technologies” as described under the ECRA, and how this may impact development of new export controls for industries such as robotics, artificial intelligence, financial technologies, and others for which Massachusetts is a hub.

Clay Lowery


Clay Lowery, Managing Director - Rock Creek Global Advisors and former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Treasury Department and Chair, Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) [bio]  

Mr. Lowery will discuss tightening foreign investment policy in the U.S. and the expanded jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) under the new Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). Specifically, Mr. Lowery will discuss the CFIUS pilot program, effective November 10, 2018, that will require mandatory CFIUS filings for both controlling and non-controlling foreign investments in U.S. businesses that develop critical technologies associated with several key Massachusetts sectors, including aircraft and aerospace, computers, defense technology, photonics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, marine technology, semiconductor devices and machinery, telecommunications, and others. Mr. Lowery will also discuss trends for CFIUS screening and scrutiny, penalties and enforcement, and guidelines for compliance.  

Erin Ennis 


Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President U.S. China Business Council [bio]

Ms. Ennis will address the state of the U.S.-China trade relationship, including Section 301 tariffs, as well as trends in other areas, such as intellectual property protection, anticipated tightening of U.S. export controls to China and increased scrutiny of Chinese investment in the U.S.  She will also address the response on China’s end, including their own retaliatory tariffs, implementation of their new export control regime and other developments.  She will provide an outlook for the future of the U.S.-China trade relationship and guidance for businesses as they navigate the rapidly-changing trade environment with China and contemplate mitigation strategies for managing these changes.

New at the Expo! US-UK Trade Agreement Listening Tour

Join us at the Export Expo to add your voice to the discussion as the U.S. prepares for a trade agreement with the UK!  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has commissioned an investigation to be conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on barriers for U.S. SMEs exporting to the UK, including challenges associated with the upcoming Brexit implementation. The USITC will bring its listening tour to the Export Expo to hear directly from Massachusetts exporters. Join us for this unique opportunity to provide your input on what is expected to be a landmark trade agreement with one of Massachusetts' most important trading partners!

Export Expo Workshops

Opening Plenary Session

  • U.S.-China Trade Outlook
  • U.S. Foreign Investment Policy Trends & Expanded CFIUS Jurisdiction

Keynote Plenary Address

  • Export Regulatory Update & Implementation of the Export Control Reform Act


  • Strategies for Advocacy and Input on Trade Regulations & Policy
  • US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) & Trends for U.S. Free Trade Policy
  • Tariff Wars: Managing Change & Rethinking Your Supply Chain
  • Staying Ahead of the Curve: Assessing & Mitigating Compliance Risk in Today's Volatile Trade Climate
  • U.S. Economic Sanctions Update

New This Year!

  • U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) US-UK Trade Agreement Listening Tour    

Plus - Drop-in Export Advice Clinics

  • Global Trade Logistics & Finance: Getting Your Goods Delivered & Getting Paid
  • Managing Global Operations, Risk & Compliance
  • Government Resources for Exporters


>> Click here to see what Governor Baker says about the Export Expo!

The Export Expo will feature influential guest speakers, opportunities to connect with experts to answer your specific export questions, networking and fun! This event regularly sells out. Space is limited, so register early!

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here or contact Paula Murphy at 617-973-6610 or for further information.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: Registration & Exhibits Open at 8:30 a.m.; Program 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor Conference Center, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
Cost: $45 / no charge for Compliance Alliance members (includes workshops, exhibits, breakfast, and lunch)  
Massachusetts Export Center at 617-973-6610


Photos from 2017 Export Expo
Massachusetts Export Center
The Provident Bank          Foley Hoag LLP        Trade Consulting Services LLC
Descartes Systems Group    TMF Group  KPMG
Associated Industries of MA            U.S. Commercial Service     US China Business Council


S&C Custom Brokers Inc.        Nixon Peabody LLP    Radius International     

Mohawk Global Trade Advisors   Amber Road      CSI Group  UPS

Landstar     Tech LogisticsSteel Root 

 Jackson Meade      Citizens Bank

         Ameriprise Financial       MassMEP       ExoLytic, Inc       Coface  

Risk Protection 


Supporting Partners
MSBDC             MA Office of Business Development           SBA  
        MassDevelopment    MOITI  MA Department of Agriculture Resources  EXIM Bank 
MassEcon       New England Council  MassTech Collaborative