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The North Carolina World Trade Association (NCWTA) was established in 1964 and serves professionals involved in the trade of goods and services internationally. The organization also promotes the growth of international commerce between North Carolina and the world. Recognized as the “voice of international trade in North Carolina,” NCWTA acts as a nerve-center for individuals, companies, and organizations that seek trade expansion for the state.

NCWTA is composed of a state board and regional chapters. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in world trade and commerce. Members include manufacturers, exporters, importers, and service providers as well as academic and governmental leaders. Each regional chapter holds regular seminars and chapter meetings providing valuable knowledge-building and networking opportunities.

Our Chapters

We Have Chapters Across North Carolina.

Charlotte Chapter

Triad Chapter

Research Triangle Chapter

Our Current and Recent Events:


  • April 20, 2021 – NCWTA Golf Tournament Mid Pines & Pine Needles (Link)
  • April 19-20, 2021 – NCWTA Annual Conference “NC Growing Trade with the World” (Link)
  • October 8, 2020 – FREE: “Letters of Credit & Cash Against Documents” 10am – 11am (Link)
  • September 14-15, 2020 – “Postponed: NCWTA Annual Conference ‘NC Growing Trade with the World’ with NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall keynote speaker Monday dinner and Pete Mento Breakfast speaker Tuesday morning. Mid Pines Resort Southern Pines NC” (Link)
  • September 15, 2020 – “Postponed: NCWTA Golf Tournament Mid Pines & Pine Needles” (Link)
  • September 10, 2020 – FREE: “Methods of Payment & Lender Relationships” 10am – 11am (Link)
  • August 26, 2020 – (Research Triangle Chapter & Triad Chapter) “EDPNC presents Using Technology and Strategy to thrive in a post-pandemic marketplace” (Link)
  • August 6, 2020 – FREE: “Incoterms & Freight Forwarding” 10am – 11am (Link)
  • August 4, 2020 – Preparing for Customs or BIS Audit (Link)
  • July 29, 2020 – Growing Opportunity in Exporting to Peru: 11am – 12pm (Link)
  • July 23, 2020 – How US Foreign Trade Zones Benefit NC Manufacturers: 1pm – 2pm (Link)
  • July 21, 2020 – Getting the Best Out of Virtual Trade Shows: 11am – 12pm (Link)
  • July 15, 2020 – Overview and Update from NC Ports: 11am – 12pm (Link)
  • July 8, 2020 – The Best Economic Defense is a Good Offence – Export Opportunities in Europe (Link)
  • July 2, 2020 – FREE: “Pro Forma Invoices & Price Quotes” 10am – 11am (Link)
  • June 25, 2020 – (Triad & Research Triangle Chapter) Port of Virginia Operations Update: Technology Transformation and COVID-19 Response” 10:30am – 11:30am (Link)
  • June 24, 2020 – Doing Business in Canada – Opportunities, Updates and USMCA (Link)
  • June 17, 2020 – Doing Business in Mexico – Opportunities, Updates and USMCA (Link)
  • June 11, 2020 – Understand the New United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) (Link)
  • June 11, 2020 – FREE: “The Export Business Plan” 10am – 11am (Link)
  • June 10, 2020 – Doing Business in Singapore: Healthcare & Aerospace in the ASEAN Market (Link)
  • June 4, 2020 – Global Trade Disruptions: What Businesses Should Know About Tariffs and Trade Actions
  • April 22, 2020 – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – (Carolina Chapter) “TRADE & TARIFFS: Opportunities or Challenges for Charlotte Region Companies?” (Link)
  • February 20, 2020 – (Carolina Chapter) “Cybersecurity Threats: How to Protect Your Business” (Link)
  • February 18, 2020 – (Triad Chapter) “NC World Trade Association Triad Chapter Social Event” (Link)
  • January 13, 2020 – (Triad Chapter) “New Innovation in Blockchain Technology” (Link)
  • December 3, 2019 – (Carolina Chapter) “Salute to the Troops Holiday Event! Celebrating Pathfinders!” (Link)
  • December 2, 2019 – (Triad Chapter) “Save the Date: Blockchain and cutting edge Developments for International Logistics” Dinner program at Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro. Registration and reception begins 6 PM dinner 7 PM. (Link)
  • October 24, 2019 – (Carolina Chapter) “International Meet Up: German Beer, Irish Whiskey, Russian Vodka and American snacks” (Link)
  • October 24, 2019 – (Research Triangle Chapter) “The Importance of an International Education
    & the Benefits for Business” (Link)
  • October 17, 2019 – (Carolina Chapter) “TURBULENCE AHEAD: A Global Airline’s Insights into Trade,Tariffs, Brexit, and More” (Link)
  • October 10-11, 2019 – (Triad Chapter) “Export Bootcamp: Sustaining Your Global Success” (Link)
  • October 4, 2019 – (Research Triangle Chapter) “Building Bridges with China” (Link)
  • Sept. 19, 2019 – (Carolina Chapter) “Carolina World Trade Association Event” (Link)
  • Sept. 13, 2019 – (Research Triangle Chapter) “NC World Trade Association Research Triangle Chapter Social Event” (Link)
  • Sept. 5, 2019 (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER) – (Research Triangle Chapter) “Export University 101: Fundamentals of International Trade” (Link)
  • July 24, 2019 – (Triad Chapter) “Triad Chapter Greensboro Intermodal tour and social mixer” (Link)
  • July 10, 2019 – (Research Triangle Chapter) “Research Triangle Chapter Social Mixer July 10 2019” (Link)
  • April 25, 2019 – “China IP Road Show” (Link)
  • Feb 20, 2019 – “Protecting your Intellectual Property Overseas” (Link)
  • Jan 8, 2019 – “Import Export Compliance Seminar” (Link)
  • Sept 4, 2018 – “NCWTA Triad Chapter Meeting” (Link)
  • June 5, 2018 6PM – (CWTA Charlotte) “Leaders in International Commerce Awards Banquet”
  • May 17, 2018 11AM – 1:30PM – (CWTA Charlotte) “International Trends and Challenges in the Coffee and Tea Business” with Tracy Ging, Sr VP of S&D Coffee and Tea
  • March 15, 2018 – (CWTA Charlotte) “Samaritan’s Purse – International Project Logistics” with Eric Kohout
  • February 15, 2018 – CWTA Charlotte) “Charlotte Regional Airport Update” with Brent Cagle
  • February 13, 2018 – (Triad Chapter) “Explosive Rate of Change in Supply Chain. Be ready or be run over.” (Link)

Mission Statement

The NCWTA promotes growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities and advocacy for Carolinians engaged in exporting, importing, and supporting global trade activities.

NCWTA Chapters promote growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem. We are created to:

  • Promote international trade and better understanding of its advantages from the export, import and investment point of view;
  • Serve as a medium for the interchange of information regarding relevant world trade matters supporting our members;
  • Generate a spirit of helpful cooperation among our members by promoting an interchange of information, experience and opinions; on matters pertaining to world trade guided by the Board of Directors and membership.
  • Maintain liaison with government agencies and foreign trade promotion groups at home and abroad;
  • Review proposed legislation affecting the status of foreign trade and to develop policy positions in support of or in opposition to such legislation;
  • Contribute to the NC business community promoting cultural understanding in the global context.

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