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 E-Merchants Trade Council, Inc.

Simplifying Global E-commerce 

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Our Mission is to simplify and democratize e-commerce globally.

The E-Merchants Trade Council, Inc. is a member focused trade association dedicated to driving global trade policy initiatives that  simplify trade so micro, small and medium sized (SME) companies can participate with reduced risks when they import or export their goods and services in a digital economy.   Within our global community, we unite micro, small and medium sized e-commerce companies with a global network of trade professionals that can help resolve immediate trade, tax and transportation challenges. 

EMTC Values Fair Trade

We seek legislation that simplifies trade processes and reduces cost for the E-seller community.  We drive digital trade technology enhancements through strong partnerships with leading  industry service providers.  We deliver results through trusted relationships, agility to respond and expansive thinking to meet new challenges in Trade and Tax.  We foster respect and open dialogue among the members of our on line community and with agencies that govern trade. 


Marianne Rowden is well known in global trade venues within and outside of the Washington D.C. area.  Ms. Rowden held influential roles in WCO Programs, including E-commerce.  Her broad network of trade relationships includes international trade association leaders.  Marianne actively engaged in the World Customs Organization initiatives including taking on leadership roles within the Private Sector Consultative Group, and serving three terms as Co-Chair of the WCO’s Work Group on E-commerce which produced a Framework of Standards. She was instrumental in the development of many private sector standards, particularly related to online commerce.  

She is recognized as a key technical trade expert, testifying before congressional committees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Bureau of Industry and Security among others.  She is a frequent speaker at major trade conferences and meetings.  She served for twelve years as President and CEO of a horizontal trade association. Most recently she served as an advisor to The Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Meet Our Board of Directors

Karen Kelly, Chair 

Karen Kelly brings over 30 years of global trade compliance and operations experience with public, private, small, medium and large organizations in diverse industries including liquor, electronics, chemicals, medical devices, freight forwarding, trucking and customs brokerage.  She currently mentors MSMEs on  start up and operational requirements.  She held leadership roles on several nonprofit boards including Chair of a large trade association.  She established and led trade compliance functions at the corporate, functional and regional level. Karen was the first importer to receive a customs broker’s license,  was instrumental in the automation of withdrawal entries from bonded warehouses, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.  Karen holds masters degrees in International Enterprise Management and in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.    

Norman T. Schenk, Secretary-Treasurer

Norm Schenk,  a retired  Vice President of UPS and currently President of NT Schenk & Associates spent most of his career focused on simplifying the movement of e-commerce shipments across international borders.  Norm chaired the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Customs and Trade, and worked with the World Customs Organization (WCO) to reduce trade barriers and simplify e-commerce processes.  Norm  served in an advisory role to the U.S. Department of Commerce  and chaired the Regulatory and Trade subcommittee.   He previously served in advisory roles to Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS)).  

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