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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 the Caribbean Region (October 24-29, 2021)

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 Caribbean region. Trade mission delegates will have the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Commercial Service’s 2021 Trade Americas program, which offers U.S. companies the opportunity to participate in a business conference in Miami, Florida followed by the option to explore several markets in the Caribbean region: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago. The Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference will focus on region-specific sessions, market entry strategies, export compliance, legal issues, logistics, disaster resilience and recovery, and access to finance. STEP grant funding is available to qualified Alabama companies. Click here to find out how the STEP grant can provide financial assistance to participate.

 

The Caribbean region as a whole represents 30 markets, 50 million people who collectively imported about $30 billion of U.S. goods and services in 2019. Its proximity to the U.S. and its regional integration are only a few of the reasons why the Caribbean should be a key part of your company’s international strategy.

 

For more information, contact Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Beau.Lore@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-324-7525.

Alabama Trade Mission to South America (December 5-10, 2021)

The Alabama Department of Commerce is pleased to partner with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in offering Alabama companies the opportunity to participate in a business conference in São Paulo, Brazil, followed by optional business matchmaking appointments in up to two of the following nine markets in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname. STEP grant funding is available to qualified Alabama companies. Click here to find out how the STEP grant can provide financial assistance to participate.

 

The business conference in São Paulo will focus on region-specific sessions, market entry strategies, export compliance, legal, logistics, disaster resilience and recovery and trade financing resources. You will also be able to request prearranged one-on-one consultations with U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS) commercial officers and/or Department of State economic/commercial officers with expertise in commercial markets throughout the region.

 

The South America region has 397 million potential customers who collectively imported over $121 billion of U.S. goods in 2019. The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on January 1, 2004. The United States and Peru signed the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) on April 12, 2006, which entered into force on February 1, 2009. The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) was implemented on May 15, 2012. In 2011, the United States and Brazil signed the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation to enhance cooperation on trade and investment between the Western Hemisphere’s largest two economies. In October 2020, The United States and Brazil signed a new Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency under this agreement.

 

To register your interest in this trade mission and to receive free market assessments for your company in any or all of the countries listed above, please use this link.

For more information, contact Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Beau.Lore@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-324-7525.

Trade Winds Dubai Forum & Mission: Middle East & North Africa (March 6-8, 2022)

Trade Winds is a multifaceted program of the U.S. Commercial Service designed to help companies achieve growth and exposure in specific markets or regions around the world. All companies participate in the Trade Winds Forum which includes a business conference, meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from the region, networking opportunities, two receptions and a sponsor exhibition. The average Trade Winds Forum attracts over 300 attendees and is the main gathering for all registered individuals. STEP grant funding is available to qualified Alabama companies. Click here to find out how the STEP grant can provide financial assistance to participate.

 

This event begins with a business conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). After the conference, U.S. exporting companies may customize their experience with optional business matchmaking meetings with pre-screened buyers, agents, distributors or joint venture partners in the UAE as well as in additional mission stop markets: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Israel. Financial assistance is available to qualified Alabama companies.

 

To subscribe for Trade Winds 2022 updates, please use this link.

For more information, contact Jeremy Wolfe at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jeremy.Wolfe@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-467-2471.

Alabama Trade and Business Development Mission to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel (2022 TBC)

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 and business development mission to Israel, scheduled for 2022. The mission will allow Alabama companies to benefit from Embassy briefings, networking events with government officials and industry leaders, in addition to pre-qualified and individualized business-to-business matchmaking meetings. STEP grant funding is available to qualified Alabama companies. Click here to find out how the STEP grant can provide financial assistance to participate.

 

The United States is Israel’s single largest trading partner, and Israel is the second-largest trading partner for the U.S. in the Middle East. Since signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 1985, U.S.-Israel trade has grown six-fold. Nearly all non-agricultural trade tariffs between the U.S. and Israel have been eliminated.  Israel’s 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) real growth increased by 3.5 percent over 2017. In 2019, U.S. exports of goods to Israel totaled $14.4 billion, a 5% increase over that figure in 2018.

 

Israel has a strong economy, led by an export-oriented high-tech sector and a spirit of innovation that continues to attract U.S. companies. The market is primed for imports from U.S. manufacturers of high-end equipment with technology advantages over competition and for U.S. components that can be integrated into Israeli systems, either for domestic use or for re-export. Key target sectors for U.S. exports include safety & security, healthcare, information and communication technologies, and defense.

 

For more information, contact Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Beau.Lore@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-324-7525.

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