World Trade Center-Kansas City News: April 2024


This April, WTC-KC is proud to announce the Spring 2024 Heartland Export Accelerator cohort:

The cohort will graduate in May with fully vetted export plans as part of the program. You can learn more about the Heartland Export Accelerator here. Please contact us for any trade needs.


Ins and Outs of Exporting- Part 3
Export Compliance Solutions, International Trade Council of Greater KC
April 25
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World Quest 2024
May 1
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Trade Winds Europe/Eurasia
ITA/U.S. Commercial Service
May 13-15
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Agribusiness Sales Program to South Africa
ITA/U.S. Commercial Service
May 13-17
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World Trade Day: Successful Sustainable Strategies
International Steering Committee
May 15
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2024 U.S.-China Agriculture Roundtable
US Heartland China Association 
June 2024 
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ILA Berlin Pioneering Airspace 2024
U.S Commercial Service & International Trade Administration
June 5-9, 2024
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EXIM 2024 Annual Conference
June 6-7
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Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) training
MU International Trade Center
August 6-9
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Dispatches from DC

Photo of Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore before collapse.

The tragic collapse of the Baltimore Bridge has sent shockwaves through trade and supply chains, with significant implications for the economy. Immediate legal issues include rerouting cargo to alternative ports, addressing cargo damage and associated charges, managing structural concerns, and assessing environmental impacts. The closure of the Port of Baltimore, which handled over $80 billion worth of cargo in 2023, will lead to massive economic repercussions (Husch Blackwell). CNN reports that the disruption will necessitate rerouting hundreds of vessels, impacting maritime lanes and causing potential congestion at alternative ports. Major East Coast ports like Philadelphia, Norfolk, and New York/New Jersey are expected to absorb redirected cargo, albeit with potential shipping cost increases and congestion. With approximately 3,200 factories, warehouses, and distribution centers within a 30-mile radius of the port, the closure will disrupt shipments of thousands of parts and finished products. However, ports like Norfolk can handle redirected vessels, and efforts are underway to smooth potential bottlenecks in trade flows. Nevertheless, normal port operations in Baltimore are unlikely to resume soon, impacting automakers like Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Subaru, as well as the broader roll-on, roll-off cargo sector. As investigations continue, stakeholders are bracing for short-term disruptions and long-term trade and supply chain dynamics adjustments.


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Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Baltimore Bridge Collapse, and China’s WTO Complaint
The Trade Guys
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Global Market Access Program
Missouri Department of Economic Development
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February 2024 Trade Law Update
Husch Blackwell
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Baltimore's Key Bridge Collapsed: What Happens Next?
Husch Blackwell
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