Many R.I. businesses partner overseas, but state’s trade-zone designation has yet to pay off

Updated at 11:20 a.m.

FOREIGN FOCUS: Richard W. Pinto Jr., CEO of the Rhode Island International Trade Center in Providence, says the center focuses on bringing foreign companies into the United States via Rhode Island and is working with about a dozen foreign companies in Ireland, Italy, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
FOREIGN FOCUS: Richard W. Pinto Jr., CEO of the Rhode Island International Trade Center in Providence, says the center focuses on bringing foreign companies into the United States via Rhode Island and is working with about a dozen foreign companies in Ireland, Italy, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Cargo ships carrying components for Block Island Wind Farm’s enormous wind turbines arrived regularly at Providence’s port in 2015 and 2016, when the wind farm was under construction. Imported mainly from France and Spain, the parts were received in ProvPort Inc.’s foreign trade zone, allowing wind farm developer Deepwater Wind LLC (now part of Orsted…

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  1. I would like to clarify that AVTECH has been very thankful for the wealth of resources available in RI for businesses. This includes new and expanded programs at Commerce RI, the SBA, the Chafee Center at Bryant University, Polaris MEP, USEAC and many others. Many of the programs available through these organizations have been transformational for AVTECH, including Trade Missions, STEP assistance, export training at Bryant, SBA sponsored training, Gold Key Trade Assistance, Lean Training and much more.

    While my comments in the referenced article may indicate a negative perception regarding general awareness of these programs, the intent was instead to shout the benefits of these programs from the rooftop so that other businesses in RI realize how much is available to them within the state. There’s never been a better time to be a company in RI who exports products around the world. The resources are here and the people leading these programs are top notch. I welcome any business in RI to reach out to me directly and I am happy to share what we’ve learned. You’ll also find a very helpful team at each of the organizations listed above.