The Atlanta-based District Export Council adopted the 10-point program of its national Chairperson’s Council at a meeting held at the World Trade Center Atlanta July 17.

      William Poole, who chairs both the local district council and the steering committee of the national council, told GlobalFax that the Atlanta council would focus primarily on fast track negotiating authority and trade agencies reauthorization .

      Under fast track procedures, the U.S. president has the authority to negotiate international trade and investment agreements.  The agencies seeking reauthorization are: the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the Trade Development Agency.

      Other items that the export council is supporting are extension of Most Favored Nation trade status for China, export promotion budgets, compilation and dissemination of state and local export data,

       Activities of the U.S. Commercial Service relating to export assistance services,  funding for the trade programs of the Small Business Administration,    post export filing of shipper export declarations and a review of the U.S. Customs Service outbound compliance program.

      For more information, Mr. Poole may be reached by calling (404) 266-3939, ext. 235.