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Panama City, Panama, will be one of the stops during September’s trade mission to Colombia and Panama. (photo © Steve Miric/iStock)
Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama
September 20–24, 2010
Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Panama
by Maria Perez
Colombia and Panama are two of the largest trading partners of the United States in Latin America. In 2008, the United States exported $11.4 billion in merchandise to Colombia and $4.9 billion to Panama. They are, respectively, the United States’ 26th and 40th largest export markets. They offer a wide range of opportunities for U.S. exporters, with growing potential in target markets such as building products, computers, components and peripherals, construction equipment, electrical power systems, security and safety equipment, telecommunications equipment, and travel and tourism services.
This trade mission will be led by a senior Department of Commerce official and is designed to help U.S. companies launch or increase their export business. Participating firms will gain market information, make business and industry contacts, and solidify business strategies. Participants will attend market briefings by U.S. embassy officials and will participate in networking events that will allow them to speak with local businesses and industry decision-makers.
The cost to participate in the trade mission is $4,440 for large firms and $3,550 for small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees. The fee covers one representative from the participating company. There is a $450 fee for each additional company representative. Mission participants will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses, as well as most meals and incidentals. Applications must be received by July 23, 2010. For more information, contact Louis Quay of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3973; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Maria Perez is an intern in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Public Affairs.
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