And We’re Back to Blogging: It Has Been A Busy Summer

Yes. I am excited that the blog, International Trade Examiner, is now on the company website. With the upcoming elections, watch out for our ongoing analysis of free trade policies and what they mean for U.S. business owners, consumers, and the economy overall. In the meantime, I just want to welcome you to the new blog location and bring you up to date regarding what the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT) has been up to over the last few months.


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Recently, GRIIT conducted training sessions titled, “Global Business Opportunities for Small Business,” in August and September. These sessions were a part of the California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) Export Trade Assistance Partnership (ETAP).

Here is how one attendee described GRIIT’s training session:

It’s the eve of my birthday and one of the best gifts I can give myself was committing to this 6-week Certification a program through the Export Technical Assistance Program, ETAP San Bernardino County. ….Today’s course was all about Global Business Opportunities for Small Business – taught by a remarkably brilliant Global Marketing Researcher and Consultant, UCLA Professor and President and CEO of Global Research Institute of International Trade – GRIIT, Sarita Jackson, Ph.D. Wow! I learned so much in such a short time. What an eye opener! I learned so much about Free Trade Agreements, Generalized Systems of Preferences, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Classifying A Good, International Market Research and so much more!

GRIIT’s services have been called upon for projects for the remainder of 2016. GRIIT looks forward to hosting a seminar on how architectural firms can develop their global market capacity, holding a book talk and signing, and presenting research on U.S.-Caribbean agricultural trade at the University of Havana (Cuba) in the coming months.

Thanks, again, for your support of our efforts to educate and engage in the area of international trade. All International Trade Examiner subscribers have been added to the new e-mail list. Beginning with the next post, you will receive all blog posts, as well as resources and event news, directly from GRIIT. If you are just visiting this site and would like to receive blog posts, etc. from our new location, please subscribe for free by clicking here.


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Summer Hiatus

This summer, my team and I are working on restructuring the blog, International Trade Examiner, and other aspects of its parent company, the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT).

We truly appreciate your patience this summer as we work to organize to bring all international trade news, analysis, etc. to you in a more efficient and effective manner. We thank all of you who have taken the time to respond to our surveys and provide useful feedback.

Blog posting will resume late August/early September. In the meantime, feel free to attend an upcoming event where I will offer my analysis on international trade. See if I will be in your neighborhood at

Also, news updates will still continue via Facebook and Twitter. Like our FB page and/or follow me on Twitter. See you soon!


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Dr. Jackson Presents New Trade Model at West LA College Today

Current models for promoting industry competitiveness in the global market are based on 20th century realities. Dr. Jackson argues for a unique model for understanding and promoting industry competitiveness in the 21st century that have little to do with market-based factors. She will share this unique model with students at West Los Angeles College as a part of the Pro-Global Trade and Logistics Consortia Coffee House series.

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Furthermore, Dr. Jackson will discuss her model for industry competitiveness within the context of accessing the Cuban market.

If you would like to learn more, let Dr. Jackson guide you to the Cuban market during a live online webinar scheduled for June 2nd.

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Dr. Jackson to Speak at Redondo Beach Rotary Club Today

Sarita D. Jackson PhD PhotoThe rhetoric against U.S. free trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has increased during this year’s presidential debates. For example, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shifted her support away from the TPP once the deal was complete. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been vociferous against unfair trade practices and has focused his attention on China. On the other hand, President Barack Obama argues in favor of the TPP and established the National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports between 2010 and 2015. So, what is the truth in all of the rhetoric? Are the candidates protectionists, free trade advocates or somewhere in between? What do free trade deals mean for the U.S. economy and the business community?

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I will answer these questions today at the Redondo Beach Rotary Club. My presentation will guide the audience through the noise to have a clearer understanding of the actual positions of the candidates. The talk will go further to adequately explain the TPP and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement, which is currently being negotiated with the European Union. Finally, the talk will explain how previous trade deals have impacted the U.S. economy and particular sectors such as manufacturing and services.

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Doing Business in Cuba


My visit to Cuba (May 2016)

I recently returned from my second visit to Cuba. While comparing this visit to my first in 2012, during which I began studying Cuba’s political and economic reforms, some things have remained the same. However, a number of things pertaining to Cuba’s economy have noticeably changed. In addition, I enjoyed the opportunity to experience staying in someone’s home and gaining another perspective on the Cuban economy both in the city and in a rural area.

Since many people have expressed an interest in learning more about the changes in the Cuban economy and the opportunities for their goods or services, I will be hosting a live online webinar to share this information with you. The webinar is scheduled for June 2, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST. People are already signing up. Space is limited. Sign up today.


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Tobacco Factory in Havana, Cuba

Although the U.S. embargo against Cuba remains in place, some U.S. industries have experienced tremendous growth from 2000 to 2015. Particular industries show growth ranging from 26 percent to as high as 9,811 percent. This growth reflects the changing U.S. policies from 2000 to today, which are becoming more flexible in terms of the types of goods and services that U.S. businesses can export.

This live webinar is designed to highlight those various industries that benefit from U.S. policies as well as look at state of the same industry in Cuba. Furthermore, based on my visit to Cuba this month, I will discuss the areas of need in Cuba, which presents opportunities for U.S. companies to collaborate with Cuban entrepreneurs and contribute to the country’s economic development.

Date: June 2, 2016 (RSVP)

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST

Location: Online (Access information will be forwarded upon registration.)

Investment: $37.99 (covers access to Cuba trade briefs, audio recording and other material) (no refunds unless canceled or postponed)

Paladar (Private restaurant/home)

Paladar (Private restaurant/home)

Topics covered:

1. Opportunities for U.S. companies in specific industries;
2. Challenges for specific U.S. industries in the Cuban market;
3. Update on U.S. and Cuban political economic reforms;
4. Export compliance and appropriate resources; and
5. Cuban laws and what they mean for your business.

*The first 5 people to register will receive a free copy of GRIIT’s CD-Rom titled, “One Simple Decision Can Increase Your Profits.” This recorded seminar provides a fun discussion and interactive activity focusing on a unique step-by-step process of taking advantage of the global market to grow your profits.

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Port of Havana

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