January 12, 2018
Monday, April 27, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), today announced that the recent trade and development mission to Peru resulted in more than $35.6 million in total projected export sales for the companies in attendance. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera led 86 small business leaders and statewide partners on the mission, held March 23-25.
Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera said, “Florida is competing to become the global leader for job creation. The mission focused on increasing business development opportunities for Florida companies and promoting the Sunshine State as the most strategic location for Peruvian companies to invest, grow and create jobs. As we continue to grow our economic relationship with countries across the globe, we will continue to create more opportunities for Florida families.”
Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida president and CEO said, “During this mission, Enterprise Florida was able to help companies expand their global footprint resulting in more than $35 million in total projected sales. Florida is the gateway to Latin America, and by hosting these trade missions we are able to help Florida small businesses network and create more opportunities. International business and exports are vital to Florida’s economy, and we look forward to assisting more companies expand their business through trade missions.”
EFI’s Export Development Mission to Peru was part of its strategy to market Florida exports and companies in Latin America. More than $2.8 billion in Florida products were exported to Peru last year, and Peruvian imports totaled $2.6 billion. In 2013, Peru achieved its 15th consecutive year of economic growth at 5 percent and Peru continues to be one of the best performing economies in Latin America. The U.S. has a free trade agreement with Peru, making market entry and doing business there much easier than other markets.
Marvin Saldana, Retail and Export manager for Badia Spices said, “The mission was a great experience, and EFI had a very good understanding of the market, and an amazing team of professionals. I truly expect great results for our company and a very positive impact on sales in the short term.”
Gary Mart, CEO of Global Tech LED, LLC said, “We had a very productive three days in Peru, and we were able to meet with potential customers and hope for great news in the near future. This was a great service offered by Enterprise Florida and we hope to travel on future missions.”
Ralph Kluesner, Sales Manager of Electric Supply of Tampa said, “This trade mission was very beneficial in learning this market and we identified many opportunities for our company. We were well received by all of the companies that we met with and they were all very helpful in guiding us if we want to pursue this market. The Gold Key matchmaking service was an excellent resource for us, and helped us meet with prospective clients.”
John Benkert, CEO of CPR Tools said, “Without the Gold Key Program our company would not have been able to attend the Peru Trade Mission, missing out on important meetings and opportunities for our company. The Enterprise Florida staff was helpful in setting up prospective clients, and we are optimistic that our company will see great results from this mission.”
Peru target industries include, but are not limited to:
EFI maintains an extensive schedule of overseas trade missions and exhibitions worldwide. In fiscal year 2013-14, EFI hosted 17 major international trade shows and missions with 724 participants, generating more than $820 million in total projected export sales.