Greetings from the Central Florida International Trade Office! We’re excited to share with you news of changes at CFITO and events that will be of interest to you and your business.

Included in today’s e-blast is information about:
✔  New CFITO leadership
✔  Updated CFITO website
✔  CFITO in the news
✔  Oct. 17: Seminar on foreign military sales
✔  Oct. 17: Global Nights

✔  Oct. 23: Webinar on Australian aerospace
✔  Oct. 24: CFITO Meet & Greet
✔  Nov. 29: Save the Date for China workshop

As many of you may know, after four terrific years with the Central Florida International Trade Office (CFITO), Elizabeth Krekel moved back to be with family in Iowa.  In early September, Chris Leggett joined the CFITO as Program Manager.

Chris brings over twenty years' experience in international trade to the CFITO.  For the past ten years, he enjoyed the privilege of representing the interests of exporters in the Canadian Embassies in Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium (Mission to the European Union), with a focus on reducing unfair and unnecessarily burdensome trade barriers to agri-food exports. Chris began his career in Ottawa with the Government of Canada working in the fisheries, food and agriculture sectors.

Founded in 2014, the CFITO provides a single point of contact for navigating international trade resources available in Central Florida. As Program Manager, Chris leads the CFITO efforts to help businesses in Central Florida take advantage of the opportunities available from importing and exporting. He raises awareness of the benefits of trade and improves trade literacy by offering educational seminars; promotes networking with incoming foreign trade delegations; and helps direct local business leaders to the programs and resources available to assist them in accessing the global marketplace.

Now that you know a bit about Chris, why not come out and meet him in person on October 24th at 9AM!  He looks forward to introducing himself and talking about his plans for the next chapter of CFITO.  RSVP for this FREE event to

Come check out our updated website!  Undaunted by a server crash earlier this summer, CFITO has put together a new site to help connect you with global markets.  You'll find information about us and links to the best available programs and information that will help you access the 95% of consumers that live outside the USA.

The Orlando Business Journal interviewed CFITO Program Manager Chris Leggett about the importance of international trade to Central Florida, what the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement means for the area, and how the conflict with China might impact international trade.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the International Traffic In Arms Regulations and how they may affect your exports!  The NEC is the place to be on October 17 at 9AM for defense contractors, big and small, to learn how the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center can help you navigate these complex regulations.

Please join the World Affairs Council of Central Florida and the CFITO on October 17th at 6PM to celebrate all the volunteers who serve as “citizen diplomats” on behalf of our community and our nation! There is no fee to attend this reception at the NEC, but please register for the event on Facebook. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar!

Event highlights include:
✔ Welcoming remarks by John Glenn, Policy Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
✔ Introduction of the International Visitor Leadership Program's delegation of educators
✔ Presentation of certificates of appreciation from the U.S. State Department

The U.S. Commercial Service would like to extend an invitation for your company to participate in a FREE, informative webinar on October 23rd at 6PM about the Australian defense market for U.S. industry. Listen to U.S. Government officials from the U.S. Embassy in Canberra to find out how to tap into the Australian defense market.

Save the date!  We're planning a workshop on doing business in China on November 29th at 9:00-10:30AM.  Make sure to leave space in your calendar for this timely and informative event!