The U.S. Government, in keeping with the National Export Initiative , is committed to sponsoring an unprecedented number of trade missions focusing on the most innovative and competitive sectors of our economy. The Department of Commerce trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets.
Most MBDA clients are uniquely positioned to export. MBDA clients have the skills and relationships that make them some of the most effective exporters in the U.S. economy. Many have familial, personal, and business relationships in foreign countries. Combined with cultural knowledge and familiarity with local business practices, MBDA clients are well suited for exporting, as evidenced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners. Minority-owned businesses are twice as likely to export, three times more likely to boast international operations, and six times more likely to transact business in a language other than English.
Listed below are September 2013 Trade Missions
September 9 – 12, 2013
The purpose of this mission is to assist U.S. companies in launching or increasing exports of U.S. goods or services to Colombia. The mission will include business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local companies, as well as market briefings and networking events.
The mission is open to U.S. companies from a cross section of industries with growing potential in Colombia, including, but not limited to safety and security equipment and services, medical equipment, cosmetics, agricultural machinery, and information technology.
Application deadline is June 7, 2013.
September 15 – 21, 2013
This Mission will directly support the "U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement” or E3 Initiative announced by President Obama at the 2012 U.S.-ASEAN Summit. The "E3” Initiative focuses on enhancing ASEAN members' capacity for advancing projects that will open up opportunities for U.S. companies in the region. The E-3 Initiative is a new framework for economic cooperation designed to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN, creating new business opportunities and jobs in all eleven countries.
Participants will forge new relationships, develop existing relationships, and deepen their understanding of these emerging markets. With new opportunities arising, interest in these markets is growing, and new stakeholders are entering the picture resulting in increased urgency to expand U.S. commercial interest in these markets.
To learn more about this mission, please register to join the free webinar  on June 10th.
Contact David McCormack at (202) 482-2833 or email@example.com .
Application deadline is August 23, 2013.
September 16 – 18, 2013
The General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce will lead a Legal Services Trade Mission to China, September 16-18, 2013. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. law firms without a presence in China to the Chinese market, to market U.S. legal services to Chinese companies and individuals, to raise awareness about the U.S. legal and business climate to Chinese companies interested in doing business in the U.S. market, and to further an on-going dialogue with Chinese authorities on opening the Chinese legal services market to expanded practice by U.S. firms.
Contact Frank Spector at (202) 482-2054 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Application deadline is August 16, 2013.
September 23 - 26, 2013
This mission is intended to focus on a variety of U.S. industry and service providers, particularly those suppliers of spare parts, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and components, hybrid vehicle components, precision assembly devices and systems that enhance efficiency in the OEM manufacturing process.
The mission will introduce participants to end-users and prospective partners whose needs and capabilities are targeted to the respective U.S. participants’ strengths. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Mexico independently, will enhance the companies’ abilities to secure meetings with potential partners and buyers.
Application deadline is July 12, 2013.
Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
September 28 - October 1, 2013
Contact: Jessica Arnold or Michael Marangell at email@example.com .
Application deadline is June 30, 2013.