Since before Miami’s incorporation in the 1896, this region has been a hub of international trade.  All the more in this day and age, Miami-Dade is not only a hub for trade to and from Latin America, but in recent years we’ve experienced dramatic growth from Europe, and now Asia. It’s no wonder that Miami is classified as an “Alpha – World City” by the World Cities Study Group. 

 

MISSION
The International Business Committee serves as a global resource center that identifies, examines and fosters issues and opportunities, involving international trade and business. Issues that are both of interest and value to Chamber members, local businesses, higher education institutions and the community at large. 

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Promote trade by hosting overseas missions focused on promoting opportunities for South Florida businesses relating to the targeted countries and in partnership with local airlines, local organizations and government entities
  • Keep members informed about new trade and policy issues and support Chamber’s advocacy efforts on international business issues, Trade Agreements and Tariffs
  • Expand community outreach to Caribbean, European, Asian and Latin American consulates, trade officers and 
  • bi-national chambers
  • Partner with local airlines to host at least one overseas mission
  • Provide programming that is relevant, interesting and informative to a diverse group of stakeholders     
     

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Participation in the International Business Committee is open to all Greater Miami Chamber members who have interests or concerns related to international business and cultural exchanges. Committee members include businesses involved in international trade and related industries, consular corps officials, international industry professionals and key stakeholders in the international arena and those members interested in these areas.
 

LEADERSHIP
The International Business Committee is led by a Committee Chair and Vice Chair, who are elected by the Board of Directors for a one-year term.  The Committee Chair is responsible for the effective functioning of the International Business Committee and its task forces and ensuring its goals and activities are aligned with the committee’s mission and objectives.

Read the committee's 2019 - 2020 goals here.  

 

CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN
Throughout the world, almost all countries require regulatory or shipping certificates from the country that is shipping the goods. The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce issues the following documents quickly and securely via its online platform: Certificate of Free Sale (CFS), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Certificate of Origin (COO or CO). The Chamber issues certificates to US-based companies that can prove that they are a US company by providing the correct verification documents. These documents are a requirement to get your product registered with the foreign country and to allow the entry of your goods through Customs. Through its partnership with FTGS, the Greater Miami Chamber can also get your certificates legalized and apostilled online with an expedited timeline. Sign up here: https://app.ftgs.us/miami/

Miami Chamber Olga Ramudo

Chair

Olga M. Ramudo
President & CEO
Express Travel

Hernando Gomez

Vice Chair

Hernando Gomez
Director, Business Valuation & Litigation Support
MBAF

Miami Chamber Alex Fuentes

Consular & Trade Representatives Task Force, Chair

Alex Fuentes
Director of International Business Development & Consulate/Embassy Relations
Baptist Health South Florida

Glenn M. Cooper

Consular & Trade Representatives Task Force,Vice Chair

Glenn M. Cooper
Partner
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

G. Lee Sandler

Cargo Network, Chair

G. Lee Sandler
Owner / Founding Member
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Daniel Jacobson

GMTZ, Inc., Chair

Daniel Jacobson
Partner
Akerman LLP

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