Skip to Content
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 Trade Mission to Russia (September 13-20, 2020)

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 Russia, scheduled for September 13-19, 2020. 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.

 

With a vast landmass, extensive natural resources, more than 142 million consumers, and pressing infrastructure needs, Russia remains a major potential market for U.S. exporters. Russia is the world’s eleventh largest economy by nominal gross domestic produ​ct (GDP) and the sixth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), as cited by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the IMF, 2018 GDP per capita (PPP based) was $29,032. Russia is a high-income country, with an educated, trained workforce and sophisticated, discerning consumers. In terms of trade, Russia was the United States’ 40th largest export market with exports totaling around $5.78B and Russia was the 20th largest exporter to the United States in 2019. Given the prevalence of third-country trade and investment channels, official figures for U.S.-Russian trade and investment likely understate U.S. companies’ levels of business with Russia. Many American firms view the Russian market as a long-term, strategic play given its large population, natural resources, growing consumer class, and access to a relatively low-cost yet well-skilled labor force. Best Prospects for U.S. companies in Russia are healthcare, information and communication technology, agribusiness, aerospace, and consumer goods.

 

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

Alabama Trade Mission to the Caribbean Region (November 15-20, 2020)

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 2020 Trade Americas program, which offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore several markets in the Caribbean region: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago. Hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados, 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.

 

The Caribbean region as a whole represents a market of about 27 million people who collectively imported over $21 billion of U.S. goods in 2018. As a result, the region is the third-largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America, behind only Mexico and Brazil. The Caribbean region is a natural commercial partner of the United States, tied closely by geography, history and culture. There is a huge demand for U.S.-made products in the region.

 

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 the following link:https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/0R0V

 

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

Trade Winds Indo-Pacific (FALL 2020 TBD)

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 Vietnam and Hong Kong, coinciding with the Trade Winds 2020 Conference. Trade Winds Indo-Pacific will allow companies to network with key industry contacts, gain first-hand market insight and solidify an Indo-Pacific business strategy during the U.S. Commercial Service Trade Winds Forum and Mission in Hong Kong.  Additional mission stops include Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Companies may schedule individual meetings with U.S. Economic Diplomats and customize a business matchmaking schedule to meet one-on-one with pre-screened buyers, agents, distributors, and joint-venture partners. According to the U.S. Commercial Service, the best prospect industries for the Trade Winds forum are aviation, consumer goods, defense, design & construction, digital services, education, energy, environmental technologies, fintech, franchising, healthcare, information & communication technologies, and smart cities.

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

Alabama Trade and Business Development Mission to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel (Spring 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 and business development mission to Israel, scheduled for March/April 2021. 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.

 

The United States is Israel’s single largest trading partner. Since signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 1985, U.S.-Israel trade has grown eight-fold. Nearly all non-agricultural trade tariffs between the United States and Israel have been eliminated since 1995.  In 2017, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) real growth increased by 3.4 percent over 2016. Israel’s GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in 2017 was $334.6 billion. 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 U.S. manufacturers of high-end equipment with technology advantages over competition and for 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 334-242-0450.

Stay connected to what's happening in Alabama now.

  • Enter your email address to receive periodic updates on the evolution of business in Alabama.

Ready to start your company's next chapter in Alabama?

Alabama may be small in size, but its ability to accommodate businesses seeking success is vast. See why companies like Mercedes, Airbus, Hyundai, and Honda have decided to call Alabama home.

Find A Site Learn More About Alabama