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Trade Missions

The Alabama Department of Commerce’s Office of International Trade works closely with its allies to help Alabama’s small and medium-sized companies advance their goals of increasing exports of their goods and services to international markets. Helping Alabama companies expand their international sales serves to create jobs and economic prosperity here at home. Trade missions and other trade events focus on Alabama’s top trading partners and on promising markets around the globe.

Alabama Trade Mission to Argentina and Ecuador (April 14-21, 2018)

The Alabama Department of Commerce, in coordination with the Export Alabama Alliance and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, is organizing a multi-industry trade mission to Latin America with feature stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Quito, Ecuador. Argentina is an attractive market for U.S. exporters, with a substantial and educated population, abundant natural resources in areas such as agriculture and mining, and important infrastructure needs. The U.S. and Ecuador share a long history of partnership and cooperation, and there are significant opportunities within the Ecuadorian market for U.S. exporters across a range of products, including plastics, machinery, automotive parts and accessories, and telecommunications equipment. Companies that participate in this trade mission will be able to take advantage of networking events as well as individualized business matchmaking appointments at each of the two stops.

For additional information, please contact Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Beau.Lore@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-242-0450.

Southeast U.S.-Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Business-to-Business Conference (June 3-5, 2018, Mobile)

The State of Alabama will host the 11th Annual SEUS-CP Conference and Matchmaking event in Mobile on June 3-5, 2018. The theme “Shared Values For A Prosperous Future,” will build on past conferences in developing common strategic goals and opening doors for businesses from the provinces and states.

Delegations, led by state governors, provincial premiers or their designees, are comprised of business and industry leaders. The conference program will feature experts in the field of transportation, information and communication technologies (ICT), and energy. Business-to-business meetings will be offered for companies within these sectors. The conference goal is to present clear opportunities for enhanced commercial exchanges, two-way trade and investment and knowledge sharing between and among member states and provinces.

For more information contact, Hilda Lockhart, Alabama Department of Commerce, at 334-242-0442 or hilda.lockhart@commerce.alabama.gov, or Christina Stimpson, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, at 251-431-8648 or cstimpson@mobilechamber.com.

Alabama Trade Mission to Southeastern Europe (September 2018)

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, have organized a multi-sector trade mission to Southeastern Europe for September 2018. This trade mission offers timely and cost-effective means for Alabama firms to engage with key stakeholders and meet with industry partners and national government officials in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bucharest, Romania. This is a customizable trade mission, and business meetings in other markets of Central and Southeastern European can be arranged.

This region represents an opportunity for U.S. companies to increase sales and find a strategic foothold to grow in Europe. Best sales prospects include, but are not limited to, firms in the following sectors: agricultural machinery and equipment; agricultural sector and food products; automotive industry; defense; energy, oil and gas, and renewable energy; environmental technologies; healthcare, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals; information and communication technologies; and safety and security.

For more information contact, Hilda Lockhart, Alabama Department of Commerce, at 334-242-0442 or hilda.lockhart@commerce.alabama.gov, or Christina Stimpson, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, at 251-431-8648 or cstimpson@mobilechamber.com.

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