Chris Harris

CH Trade

Chris Harris was born and educated in South Africa. He qualified from the University of Cape Town in early eighties with his Bachelor of Commerce, CTA (UCT) and FQE for Chartered Accountant (SA). Chris has spent much of his career in information technology helping companies like Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Great Plains and Microsoft establish and develop their international business. With many years spent in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Asian markets Chris has established and managed several market-leading distribution channels for his principals and clients.

Today Chris leads the CH Trade group of companies based in Fargo, North Dakota. CH Trade is focused on helping local small to medium sized companies discover new international markets for their products, find and manage business partners that will facilitate the distribution. They also help their clients develop products and flex operations to accommodate the expanding international business.

CH Trade was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in 2014.

They have managed significant growth in international business for their principals based in North Dakota and Minnesota. CHT’s industries include agriculture, unmanned aircraft systems, water purification, industrial recycling and firearm manufacture. CH Trade works closely and worldwide with the US Commercial Service and North Dakota Trade Office. Chris volunteers his time as guest speaker and lecturer throughout the world to promote and advise on international business.

In his spare time, Chris plays golf, fly-fishes, enjoys metal work and is a competitive shooter on the US Benchrest Shooting team. Chris is a United States citizen living with his wife, Tara in Fargo.