Mass Export Center Staff Awarded Industry Certificates for Export Knowledge

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Photo: Nam Pham, Julia Dvorko, Paula Murphy and Kathleen Kinahan-Newell

Three senior staff members at the Massachusetts Export Center recently earned their Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) designation, the industry standard for professionals working as export compliance practitioners in the private sector. The Center is part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)Network .

Paula Murphy, Director of the Mass Export Center, Kathleen Kinahan-Newell, Trade Compliance Manager and Julia Dvorko, Central MA Regional Director, were awarded their credentials this summer from the International Import Export Institute (IIEI).

To receive the certification, they each took a rigorous four-hour 200 question exam to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the U.S. State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and, to some extent, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

“It is a great advantage for Massachusetts companies to have such experienced and knowledgeable staff to guide them in the highly competitive export industry,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development. “I congratulate Paula, Kathleen and Julia for their professional dedication, which is good for the export community and for the Massachusetts economy.”

“It is a nation-wide first for a team of professionals working for a small business development center or state government international trade entity to achieve this level of proficiency and demonstrated export regulatory competence,” said Murphy. “We look forward to putting these skills to good use and helping even more Massachusetts businesses to enhance their export compliance and competitiveness.”

Here is more information about the Massachusetts Export Center.