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Maine exports $29,459,634 worth of defense products in 2018.

In 2018, Maine exported $29,459,634 worth of defense products to many different countries around the world. The top products were parts and accessories of military weapons, gas turbines, and turbo-propeller parts. The top countries importing these products were Singapore, South Korea, and Belgium.

Maine Company Secures Canadian Coast Guard Contract

R.E. Thomas Marine Hardware in Hancock, ME, had their Piranha Dual Line Cutters selected by The Canadian Coast Guard for its newest fleet of 62ft “Bay Class” search and rescue (SAR) lifeboats. Piranha line cutters are well known in the Gulf of Maine commercial fishing fleet for its effectiveness and durability with protecting a boat’s propulsion equipment that can become entangled by marine debris. Read More

Join MITC’s New Product Showcase at Maine International Trade Day 2019!

Maine International Trade Center is proud to host the New Product Global Showcase at Maine International Trade Day. This annual event - with over 300 attendees including Maine business professionals, investors, government officials, R&D groups, representatives from foreign trade and consular offices, and media - provides excellent exposure for entrepreneurial, innovative companies. 

Maine companies heading to Defense and Security Equipment International 2019 trade show in London

The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Defense Industry Maine (DIME) are organizing a delegation of Maine companies to attend DSEI 2019. Participating companies will be able to share space in the Defense Industry Maine booth, obtain market research and matchmaking services, be part of an organized trade group at the event, and most importantly, meet and connect with key people in the international Aerospace, Defense, Maritime, and Security industry sectors.

Office of Economic Adjustment releases report on Defense Spending for Fiscal Year 2017

This report documents the results of a state-by-state analysis of Department of Defense personnel and contractual spending during FY 2017 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It highlights factors such as the reliance of regions on military bases and private contractors, which can be used to assess potential exposure to fluctuations in defense spending and to target assistance to create more resilient communities and companies.

OEA Grant Awards Now Available!

Diversifying your business - within and outside of the defense industry - pays up to $14,000 per year! Eligible defense companies seeking to diversify may receive financial support for:

  • - Market Research and Diversification Assistance
  • - Compliance and Certification Assistance
  • - Trainings and Industry Events

Great ITAR Training!

It was great to see several Maine companies at the "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Training" last week who learned about the compliance requirements for exporting defense articles, services, and related technical data. Mike Allocca from Allocca Enterprises led the informative and insightful training and answered questions from companies about defense trade and compliance issues. Thanks to all who attended this great event and to the University of Southern Maine for hosting us!

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Training

We are offering International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Training on November 1! This one-day training session will help you understand ITAR, starting with what products can be subject to ITAR through the application and registration process and finishing with licensing and other areas of control. At the end of the training, you will know what is required and where to go for assistance. In addition, you will have a copy of the ITAR regulations and complete reference material moving forward. 


DEFSEC a Success!

Defense Industry Maine and the Maine International Trade Center would like to thank the hosts of DEFSEC Atlantic 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a fantastic trade show and a productive week of establishing connections between Maine and Canada. Our companies met with Consul General Kevin Skillin to better understand the resources available to American companies doing business in Canada, attended Canadian procurement training to learn how to provide to the Canadian government, and networked with countless partners on the trade show floor.