Hello, international trade community! I'm pleased to introduce myself as the President of the Washington Council on International Trade, and to introduce State of Trade, the new WCIT blog. If you haven't noticed already, State of Trade is a double entendre. First, of course, this blog will update you on the state of the world of international trade, highlighting and interpreting various relevant policies and events. Second is that Washington is a "state of trade" - as one of the most trade dependent states in the country and with so many of our businesses and organizations engaged in international activities. They always say that if you have to explain the joke, it isn't funny, but at least it's clever! A little bit about WCIT for the uninitiated.