Contrary to expectations that the worldwide financial crisis would push trade finance executives out of jobs, U.S. banks are continuing to build up their international trade-related activities, according to bankers and recruiters.

"What we're finding is that companies need a lot more expertise because of the current situation," said Henry J. Jurgens, senior vice president for international operations at Sanwa Bank of California in Los Angeles. "And don't forget, trade is a two-way street. Even if exports are down, imports are up."

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