Lake Hallie, WI (US) July 24, 2019 – On July 24th, 2019 “Freight Forwarding 101” was held in Lake Hallie at Mid- State Truck Service Inc. where a dozen local businesses interested in learning about expanding their business through exporting attended this event. Increasing our local exports is an important activity of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) because of its possibilities for county growth, CCEDC understands that over 90% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s buying power lies outside Wisconsin and the United States. “Any local business needing to expand to the next level must consider exporting as a key part in that expansion strategy,” stated Charlie Walker of CCEDC.

Exporting opportunities are not widely pursued by the majority of Chippewa Valley businesses. Less than 1 percent of Chippewa County companies export and less than half of those sell goods and services to more than one country. Most local businesses, especially small and medium-sized companies view exporting as a very risky venture and lacks enough resources and information to mitigate the risk of doing business overseas. To help elevate this issue-CCEDC through its Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Program organizes several informational “Lunch and Learns” designed to build support for exporting.

CCEDC partnered with Mid-State Truck Service Inc. and Security Financial Bank to host The Camelot Company for CCEDC’s first Freight Forwarders-101 for July’s “Roundtable Networking Luncheon”. The Camelot Company was established in January, 1977 as a company dedicated to inbound Customs clearance services. Camelot holds an FMC license to handle import cargo, and has a dedicated partner that handles all export cargo. They have the ability to consult and advise importers with issues including classification, valuation, country of origin marking, binding rulings and importing regulations. The next generation of the Case family, daughter Kellie, joined the firm in 1996 and earned her Customs broker license and currently holds the position of Vice President. Kellie inherently understands that the customer is the single most valuable asset an organization can have, and was excited to share her knowledge in our county. “We believe training and education are paramount to differentiating us from our competition. Customs expects brokers to be up-to-date on the latest changes and developments and we want to be able to share this vital information to people in the Chippewa Valley,” Case stated.

The CCEDC partners with major Chippewa Valley employers to host a Roundtable Networking Luncheon each month to allow the opportunity for a speaker(s) to talk about current issues facing the Chippewa Valley. Attendees had the chance to hear from The Camelot Company and learned more on the shipping process, customs briefing, incoterms, and ocean freight. Attendees had the opportunity to further discuss with one another issues that they have faced in the past, and asked questions on how to better handle various situations if they do arise.