Sunday March 31, 2013 | 09:57 AM
Posted by Chris Hall

On Friday I had a chance to visit with the folks at Eimskip, the new Icelandic shipping company that's set up shop in Portland.  Here's what I found out:

Canada and Europe want exports from our small businesses.  That's right - SMALL busineses.

I thought Eimskip would be all about big shipments from big companies, and of course they're ready and able to do that.  But they also specialize in aggregating small shipments from small companies.

This is huge if you think about it.  For Maine small businesses without affordable shipping access to Canadian and European markets, Eimskip opens a door that wasn't available before.  But it's a door that needs to be opened by Maine companies.

For years we've been talking about improving Maine's export performance.  I can remember former Governor's working hard to expand exports.  Well here's a unique opportunity to do it.

If you're a small business that might be able to open overseas markets via ocean shipping, don't miss the chance to explore the option with Eimskip in the picture.  For more information check out Tom Bell's piece in last Friday's paper and Eimskip's website.

The opportunity is as big as your ability to use it.

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