PA company has stake in G20 summit

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Carver International is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, but talks happening at the G20 summit across the world in Brisbane have a big impact on the company’s success.

Carver international helps dozens of companies navigate international trade. Some of those companies, are small businesses in Erie.

“The fact that more companies are exporting to more places in greater volumes has definitely been seen,” said Gary Carver, President of Carver International. “And we, of course, continue to try to nurture that.”

Carver tells us LORD Corporation and Erie Strayer have been some of his clients, and his work involves dealing with steamships, airlines and trucking companies. All this while also trying to break down barriers to trade.

“Well the main thing that we’ve seen internationally – all the chaos that’s been created by what’s going on in the Ukraine and with Russia and in Iraq and in Iran, you can see by reading the headlines – this has put a lot of concern in business,” Carver said.

Carver said export avenues have been tough to crack when trade agreements aren’t solid and some countries aren’t safe.

“Business, more than anything, can probably promote how these countries get along,” Carver said. “The business communities of all these countries have always been the greatest diplomats we’ve ever had. Because they’re the ones who establish personal relationships, business relationships, which often lead to more cooperation, agreements and understanding among nations.”

We first talked to Carver one year ago ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year, geopolitical situations are forcing world leaders to think differently as they try to plan for the future of the global economy. And Carver said, he’s watching.

“A lot of pressure can be applied in these sorts of summits such as the G20 – because those countries that aren’t as in-step as the other industrialized countries of the world can see why they’re not complying properly, what the other countries expect them to do, and hopefully, that will coerce them into coming around and doing what’s right,” Carver said.

The latest Department of Commerce numbers show nearly 14,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Pennsylvania exported in 2012 – making up 89 percent of Pennsylvania’s exporting business. That means Carver has his work cut out for him.

“I’m still optimistic, we have to be, Carver said. “We have to consistently try to promote a better world, so that everyone can prosper and live in peace. But there will always be those forces that are going against that. And we have to deal with it. And the only way to deal with it is to meet and talk about it – and try to help and persuade each other.”

Carver said he supports local businesses who ship overseas because that means more local workers whose jobs are supported by international trade.
When it comes to a possible resurgence in U.S. manufacturing, Carver International knows reducing barriers to trade will certainly help.

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