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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Delegation package registration closes April 15
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 11, 2016) – Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) will lead a delegation on an Export Development Trade Mission to Mexico from May 23-26. More than 70 Florida small and medium-sized companies from Escambia County to Miami-Dade County are currently registered for the mission. Registration to attend closes April 15, 2016.
“The Mexican market offers tremendous opportunities for Florida’s international companies,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of trade and development at EFI. “The goals of our mission are to promote Florida as an ideal destination for Mexican companies seeking to trade and invest in the United States and to assist a large number of new-to-market Florida small-and-medium enterprises to find clients and partners in Mexico. Last year, exports to Mexico gained more than 20 percent over 2014 numbers, and the nation moved up from sixth‐place to become the third‐largest market for Florida-origin exports.”
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the most important feature in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral commercial relationship. Since its inception in 1994, bilateral trade between Mexico and the U.S. has increased more than 500 percent. With negotiations currently underway for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the U.S. and Mexico seek to go beyond NAFTA and strengthen economic ties further.
Given the size of the Mexican market, products from many industries are ideal for trade, including:
With the assistance of EFI, attending Florida companies have the opportunity to initiate or expand business in Mexico.
“Custom Manufacturing & Engineering is very appreciative of the work Enterprise Florida has done in support of our plans to grow automotive business in Mexico,” said Dr. Nancy Crews, CEO and founding owner of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering in Pinellas Park. “We are excited to be a part of this trade mission to Mexico.”
Marla Buchanan, COO and general counsel for GreenTechnologies in Gainesville, said, “Mexico has always been a country of interest to us because of its great potential and logistical advantages. However as a small business, navigating a foreign country and identifying credible potential business partners has been challenging. We are confident that the combined efforts of Enterprise Florida and GreenTechnologies will result in exports of our products to Mexico.”
Those interested in attending the mission can still register under the delegation package. For $650, companies receive admission to all mission events, airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flights and ground transportation to all mission events.
The deadline to register for the delegation package is April 15.
The Gold Key Service Packages are sold out.
EFI maintains an extensive schedule of overseas trade missions and exhibitions worldwide. In fiscal year 2014-15, EFI hosted 56 major domestic and overseas events, generating more than $906 million in total projected export sales for Florida small and medium-sized businesses.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI recently launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.