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STTAS-Brazil to Host Reception for Van Andel Global Trade Center’s Trade Mission to Brazil

Monday, May 13, 2013

Detroit, MI — May 13, 2013 Sandler and Travis Trade Advisory Services-Brazil will be hosting an evening reception May 14 for participants in a trade mission being conducted by the Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley State University in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The weeklong mission, taking place May 12 through 17, aims to help Michigan businesses expand export sales to Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest economy. It will feature networking with academic, business and government officials, introductions to Michigan organizations already set up in Brazil, and opportunities for cultural and seaport tours.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the efforts of the Van Andel Trade Center, the MEDC and Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley to create and grow opportunities for Michigan businesses in the global marketplace,” said STTAS Vice President Kevin Smith. “This event and other efforts are great examples of how the people and institutions in the state of Michigan are working diligently to create a new and bright future for the state. STTAS is very pleased that it can contribute in some way to their efforts.”

The May 14 reception will feature a presentation by STTAS-Brazil Executive Director Cesar Finotti, STTAS-Brazil Business Development and Trade Advisory Manager Flavio Siqueira and STTAS-Brazil Supervisor of Marketing and Sales Anahi Bertechine. The presentation will focus on STTAS-Brazil and its capabilities in the global trade and compliance industry, along with highlighting the process of importing into Brazil.

“STTAS has built a solid relationship with Michigan businesses over the years, and this trade mission is an extraordinary opportunity to extend this relationship into Brazil,” said Bertechine. “We are excited to show them the initiatives Brazil has been developing to attract new foreign companies and investment through local incentives.”

For more information about Van Andel Global Trade Center and their Trade Mission to Brazil, please visit For more information on STTAS and its services, please visit

About STTAS & ST&R:

STTAS is recognized as the leading provider of customs and international trade advisory services to the public and private sectors. STTAS offers hands-on global import/export solutions for multinational companies eager to increase their ability to move merchandise across international borders in an efficient, seamless and compliant manner. STTAS also assists governments throughout the world in building customs agencies and procedures that expand import and export capabilities, reduce risk factors, and comply with international standards.

STTAS is affiliated with the customs and international trade law firm of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. (ST&R). ST&R concentrates its practice in assisting clients with the movement of goods, personnel and ideas across international borders.  ST&R provides governments, manufacturers, importers, exporters and retailers the advice and counsel they require to succeed amid the constantly changing demands of global trade.

Combined, we are currently the largest provider of customs and international trade services worldwide with over 600 global trade professionals located in 12 offices in six countries. Our success is based on a combination of unsurpassed domain expertise, proprietary technology and business process best practices.

About Van Andel Trade Center:

Van Andel Global Trade Center was founded in 1999 as an outreach unit of Grand Valley State University, at the time when the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids was opened. Jay Van Andel, cofounder of Amway Corporation, recognizing that Devos Center would be a focal point for international business education and activity, saw the opportunity to provide local businesses with access to valuable international resources that he himself required during the early years of developing his business.

Van Andel Global Trade Center seeks to strengthen the community through helping companies increase their international business, and become more competitive in the global marketplace. Located in the heart of Grand Rapids Michigan, Van Andel Global Trade Center has helped thousands of business people achieve their goals. In 1999, Van Andel Global Trade Center became the grantee-administrator for the Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon Foreign Trade Zone.

Through the generosity of Jay Van Andel, and dedicated services to international business assistance for local companies, Van Andel Global Trade Center is the University's commitment to Shorten the Distance between You and the World.

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