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Long Island Trade Association

National Institute For World Trade

34 Years Experience

Educating the international trade community since 1986 with a team of professionals
whose experience and skill sets are second to none.

Introducing the Long Island Trade Association

A Long Island trade association, working with importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors … and all companies with a global footprint.

Our Mission Statement

To Enhance and Promote Global Trade

Vision Statement

To provide the membership with timely and comprehensive information to make their supply chains run better, grow with sustainability, lower risk and spend, and increase margins.


We operate with transparency, openness and a willingness to always be of value to the membership value in its entirety


Work with companies that have a global footprint, import, export, manufacture and distribute with a base in the Long island, tri-state area and nationally, where appropriate.

Board of Directors:

Board Chair
Joseph Mantello/Qosina Corporation

Board Vice Chair
Luz Cazeneuve/Dastech Corporation

Board Vice Chair
Helen Torkos/Regent Tek

Executive Director
Lindsay Dini/NIWT

Board Vice Chair
Barbara Trupkin/Trade Technologies 

Director Global Supply Chain
Renee LeMay/Winholt

Advisory Group

Thomas Cook/Blue Tiger International

Kelly Raia/Dragonfly Global

C.J. Erickson/Cowan, Liebowitz, Latman, P.C

Debbie Cross/ASAP Logistics

Mike Chestaro/Devito Agency, Inc.

Patrick Boyle/Ignite LI 

Federal Liaison

Marisel Trespalacios/Director, Long Island U.S. Export Assistance Center U.S. Commercial Service

The ultimate board will:

• Have total control of the financial aspects of the Association, as a non-profit
• Consist of 80% principal importers, exporters, manufacturers and distributors
• The board will be proactively involved and engaged in the association management
• We will establish bylaws, protocols, and lines of accountability

Strategic Initiative:

To have a membership consisting of principal importers, exporters, manufacturers and distributors (80%) and service providers + other professionals (20%).

The trade association will have a primary focus on Long Island and the tri-state area and will reach out nationally, as deemed appropriate, as the group grows and expands.

Join Our Annual Events

1 Import Operations, Purchasing, Compliance and Logistics

2 Export Operations, Sales, Trade Compliance and Logistics

We are currently hosting one webinar a month until it is safe again to have in-person events.

Some of the additional topics:

  • Opportunities to reduce the impact of import tariffs
  • Export Trade Compliance 101
  • Meet CBP Management in the Port of NY
  • Developing Export Sales Opportunities
  • Managing E Commerce Globally
  • Global Sourcing 101
  • Letters of Credit and other Finance Options
  • Successfully Managing Freight Forwarders, Customhouse Brokers and 3 PL’s

Training Need-To-Know:

All participants receive NEI Accreditation from Washington, DC.

NIWT is set up and easily accessible with Zoom, WebEx and Microsoft Teams.

All sessions are interactive throughout.

PLUS: Coming Soon

1 Golf Outing

We will run 1 Golf Outing in September to help raise vital funds for a charitable cause: SOLDIER ON AT Home: Dedicated to wounded combat veterans, PTSD Management and service dogs.

2 Association Alignment

We will proactively align ourselves with numerous trade associations on LI and nationally to bring in resources and increase capabilities in our service portfolio and outreach.

3 Freight Association

NIWT is at the first stage of setting up a freight association, which can be extended to this new trade association.

4 Membership Discounts

Members can enjoy a range of discounts and offers for useful services.

5 Monthly Newsletter

Access to our monthly newsletter for regular communication on timely subjects, informative material, and key subject matter on global trade.

6 Association Management

Under governance of board

Daily management of website and all administrative functions carried out by NIWT Executive Director + Team … donated 100%, until funding is in place. No personnel expenses charged back.

Only direct expenses reimbursed

Inquire about our world class membership today!