Kuster introduces export bill at Nashua business

NASHUA – Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited Geophysical Survey Systems in Nashua, a manufacturer of ground-penetrating radar equipment, on Monday to announce the Export Promotion Act – new legislation to promote exports for small businesses.

“Exports hold so much potential for small businesses in New Hampshire to increase their revenue and reach new customers,” Kuster said Monday in a press statement. “Unfortunately, too many small businesses find it difficult to navigate the maze of agencies and programs set up to support export efforts. My bill would help create a one-stop shop for small businesses seeking assistance to increase their exports.”

The bill is meant to make it easier for businesses to sell across international borders, consolidating export assistance programs under the Department of Commerce to improve access to resources for small businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in the Granite State, and if we can make it easier for our companies to sell overseas, they will continue to grow and create jobs,” Kuster said.

James T. Brett, president and CEO of the New England Council, expressed his support for the bill in a statement Monday.

“American businesses are fortunate that there are a variety of resources available to assist them in exporting; however, these resources are spread across an array of federal agencies, making it challenging for exporters – especially smaller businesses – to identify and access them,” he said.

Brett said Kuster’s proposed legislation would address this issue.

“Representative Kuster has put forth a common-sense, practical approach to streamlining and improving access to these federal resources, which will in turn enable more businesses to export, create jobs and drive economic growth,” he said.

The New England Council describes itself as a nonpartisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in New England.

After touring the GSSI facility, Kuster joined the president of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership to discuss the bill and answer questions from GSSI employees.

“It was a pleasure to host Congresswoman Ann Kuster and Zenagui Brahim, president of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership,” Chris Hawekotte, GSSI president, said Monday in a statement. “The employees of GSSI were excited to learn about the Export Promotion Act, and we are hopeful that it will simplify the export of our products and support our efforts to pursue new markets worldwide.”