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Export and Trade

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 Life Sciences Trade & Investment Mission to the U.K. and Ireland (April 28 – May 4, 2019)

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the U.S. Commercial Service and BIO Alabama, have organized this high-level trade mission for Alabama’s life sciences and biotechnology companies. The trade mission offers timely and cost-effective means for Alabama’s firms to engage with key stakeholders and meet with national government officials and industry leaders in the U.K. and Ireland.

This mission will provide critical market information, help participants establish business and government contacts involved in the biotechnology and life sciences industries, and solidify business strategies and/or enhance specific projects. In each city, participating companies will be able to benefit from Embassy briefings, seminars, potential site visits, networking receptions and pre-screened individualized business-to-business meetings. Opportunities for U.S. companies in these markets include, but are not limited to, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, collaborative agreements in biotechnology, digital healthcare and R&D collaboration.

For additional information, contact Jeremy Wolfe at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jeremy.Wolfe@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-353-1762.

Southeast U.S.-Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Business-to-Business Conference in Montréal, Canada (June 2-4, 2019)

The central theme of the 12th annual SEUS-CP conference in Montréal (Québec Province), Canada is smart mobility. Delegations, led by state governors, provincial premiers or their designees, will be comprised of business and industry leaders. The conference goal is to present opportunities for enhanced commercial exchanges, two-way trade and investment knowledge-sharing between and among member states and provinces.

Day three of the conference (June 4th) will coincide with the first day of the MovinOn World Summit on Sustainable Mobility, providing an opportunity to understand the recent challenges in green transport and to move from ambition to action. The event will also feature business matchmaking appointments for interested Alabama companies. Top sectors in Québec include aerospace, industrial biotechnology, construction, energy, research & innovation, life sciences, information and communication technology (ICT), and mining.

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

Alabama Business Development and Trade Mission to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (September 2019)

 

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, are organizing a multi-sector trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), scheduled for September 2019. The mission will allow Alabama firms to benefit from Embassy briefings, networking events with government officials and industry leaders, in addition to individualized business-to-business meetings.

With its booming economy, its diversification initiatives, one of the world’s highest GDP per capita, and a diverse population, the UAE is an ideal export market for Alabama companies. Some of the advantages of exporting to the UAE include ease of registration, low taxes, and an open and pro-business environment. The UAE has been the top export market for Alabama in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 2016. Transportation equipment (primarily aerospace products and parts, in addition to motor vehicles) represents the largest export category for Alabama to the UAE in 2017, followed by chemicals, machinery (except electrical), foods and fabricated metal products.

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

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