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April 15, 2018

Enterprise Florida Leading First-Ever Service Export Trade Mission to Brazil

Miami, Fla. (April 16, 2018) – Enterprise Florida will lead its first-ever Service Export Trade Mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil, from June 23 – 27, 2018. The mission will allow Florida small and mid-sized professional, transportation and financial service providers to meet with pre-qualified Brazilian companies and market their services. Brazil is Florida’s largest trade partner with bilateral trade of $19.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 9.4 percent over 2016.

“This is a new and innovative type of mission for us as it allows eligible Florida businesses to showcase their services,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade and development for Enterprise Florida. “The Brazilian services sector accounts for two-thirds of their GDP and employs more than 65 percent of the country’s workforce. As the biggest sector in the country, services represent an excellent opportunity for Florida companies.”

Brazil is the largest economy in Latin America and the eighth largest economy in the world. It is ranked as the United States’ tenth-largest export market. With their strong preference for doing business with Florida, service providers are ideally positioned for growth.

The industries listed below provide the best opportunities for Florida’s service sector companies to do business with Brazil. Other opportunities available may not be listed. If your industry is not mentioned below, please contact us for a no-obligation assessment:

  • Accelerators, Incubators, Innovation Companies
  • Agribusiness Services
  • Architecture & Engineering Services
  • Aviation & Aerospace Services
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Education & Training
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Information & Communication Technology & Software
  • Insurance
  • Legal Services
  • Logistics/Transport/Warehousing
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Medical Services
  • Safety & Security Services
  • Tax & Auditing
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Travel & Tourism

Participation Option:

As part of EFI’s Gold Key Package, participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of the unparalleled trade facilitation services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) in Sao Paulo. The USCS offers a variety of products and services designed to facilitate U.S. exports and foreign direct investment opportunities and will coordinate all one-on-one Gold Key Service appointments for this mission.

The U.S. Commercial Service will schedule one-on-one appointments with pre-screened Brazilian companies that have expressed an interest in the services of Florida companies in attendance. Gold Key participation will be limited to Florida service companies that best meet the participation criteria.

Selection of these firms will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Final selection will be determined by the U.S. Commercial Service Officer after the application is reviewed to ensure market suitability. The price of this service is $1,300 for the first company representative. Additional company representatives will be charged a $500 fee. This option is limited to 25 companies.

Florida service companies that best meet the participation criteria may qualify for a Gold Key Grant, which will offset 100 percent of the Matchmaking Registration fee for the first company representative. A separate application process will be required for this grant.

The Gold Key registration deadline is April 27, 2018. To register, please contact: Carlos Guerra | | (305) 808-3590 or Joseph Bell | | (813) 276-9430.

EFI maintains an extensive schedule of overseas trade missions and exhibitions worldwide. In Fiscal Year 2016-17, more than 500 small and mid-sized Florida businesses reported $738 million in total export sales following EFI international events.