WIIT Weekly | Week of November 27, 2019
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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at WIIT! Check out these fun Thanksgiving Trade Facts:
  • The United States exported over $400 million of turkey meat in 2018 - mostly to Mexico.
  • Prepared cranberries are the top U.S. processed fruit export, beating out raisins with nearly $300 million in exports last year. Top customers? China and the Netherlands.
  • Potatoes come in all shapes and sizes, and HS codes. There are over 10 different HS codes for the various types of processed and fresh potatoes that the United States exports. 
  • Do you know which state exports the most fresh pumpkins/squash? Arizona- they exported over $27 million in pumpkins.    
  • It's not Thanksgiving without pie! The United States ships mixes and doughs to over 60 countries, from Canada to Cambodia.

December 3, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join Steptoe, LGBT Professionals in International Trade (GATT), and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) on Tuesday, December 3, for an interactive and timely discussion on the challenges impacting trade in digital services.  Topics for discussion include the moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions, data localization and privacy measures, intermediary liability, and more…
Ambassador Susan Esserman, a former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative who leads Steptoe's International Trade Policy practice, will moderate the discussion with industry leaders. A networking reception will follow. 
We hope you’ll join us for an evening of lively conversation and networking with other diverse International Trade professionals.


  • Ambassador Susan Esserman, Steptoe


  • Jordan Haas, Internet Association
  • Kaitlin Sighinolfi, Siemens
  • Arun Venkataraman, Visa

Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle

Closed to Press/Media

This event is free for GATT/Steptoe members.

December 6, 2019 | 8:30am - 9:45am

Update on Ireland’s Trade and Investment Agenda
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), in partnership with The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and DC Gals invites you to a Trade Talk Featuring:

  • Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs
  • Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary General of the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation
  • Emer Rocke, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland

December 6, 2019
8:30AM - 9:45AM

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062

Nearest Metros: Farragut West and Farragut North

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

December 10, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on the current crisis facing the WTO Appellate Body (AB). On December 11, 2019 the WTO’s Appellate Body will officially cease to function. The terms of two members will expire and the AB will be left with one serving member, i.e. without the minimum number required to hear an appeal. Since 2017 the United States has blocked the appointment of members on grounds of substantive and procedural concerns with the functioning of the body. Several WTO countries have made proposals for Appellate Body reform though none of those proposals appear acceptable to the United States. What does this mean for the fate of the WTO’s crown jewel? And importantly what does this mean for the WTO as a multilateral trade institution?


  • Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Minister-Counsellor (Economic and Trade Policy) at the Embassy of Canada
  • Jennifer Hillman, Senior Fellow for trade and international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Kathleen Claussen, Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Law and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Simon Lester, Associate Director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
  • Stephan Becker, Partner, International Trade, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Moderated By:
  • Moushami Joshi, Attorney, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Nearest Metros:

  •  Farragut North and Dupont Circle (Red Line)

Members: $0
Non-members: $25

Note: This is a brown bag event

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