Gov. Scott leads trade mission to Chile

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Contact: Sean Helton
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Gov. Scott leads trade mission to Chile

ORLANDO, FL (January 28, 2013) – Governor Rick Scott invites businesses statewide to participate in a TEAM Florida trade mission to Santiago, Chile. The mission is scheduled for May 20-23.

Latin America is the leading export market for Florida companies, accounting for 60 percent of Florida’s total merchandise trade. As one of the most dynamic and prosperous economies in Latin America, Chile offers a wide range of opportunities for U.S. goods and services.

“Chile is a key business partner with our state and companies there are increasingly interested in expanding their trade operations with Florida companies,” said Manny Mencía, senior vice president of Enterprise Florida’s International Trade & Development division. “This mission will help businesses identify and establish relationships with buyers in one of the fastest growing markets in the world for Florida products.”

Chile ranks sixth among Florida’s top products export destinations, having amassed more than $3.9 billion in exports in 2011. Florida exports to Chile increased by 24.3 percent from October 2011 to October 2012. The Chilean economy’s growth is expected to generate new export opportunities for Florida firms wanting to benefit from this strong business climate.

Because of the January 2004 implementation of the United States and Chile Free Trade Agreement, 90 percent of U.S. exports to Chile enter duty free. The remaining tariffs are set to phase out by 2015.

Products/services ranking among the best for trade with Chile include:

· Healthcare/Medical equipment
· Telecommunications
· Computer hardware, software and services
· Financial services
· Construction
· Security systems and safety equipment
· Agricultural machinery and equipment
· Electric power equipment
· Water resources equipment
· Mining equipment
· Travel & tourism services
· Food processing/packaging equipment
· Water resources equipment

The mission will feature business matchmaking: scheduled appointments between participating Florida companies and potential business partners in Chile. Space is limited to 20 Florida companies (manufacturers, distributors, exporters and service organizations) on a first-come, first-served basis after they meet eligibility criteria.

Fees

Gold Key Participation (Limited number available) – The U.S. Commercial Service in Chile will prescreen companies to assess their interest in the products and services of the Florida participants. They will schedule one-to-one appointments to match the companies based on their mutual interests and business needs. Gold Key participants will have access to all mission events.
Other provisions include:
· Spanish-English translator
· Targeted promotional campaign throughout Chile to attract prospects
· Admission to all official TEAM Florida networking events
· Country briefing by U.S. Embassy official
· Airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flights
· Ground transportation to all official mission events, originating at the official mission hotels

Cost: $900 for first Florida company representative; $650 for each additional representative. Enterprise Florida trade grants (details below) will be available to qualified Florida producers, covering 100 percent of the registration cost.

Mission Delegate
· Admission to all official TEAM Florida networking events
· Country briefing by U.S. Embassy official
· Access to “Business Opportunities in Florida” seminar
· Airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flights
· Ground transportation to all official mission events, originating at the official mission hotels

Cost: $650 per Florida company representative.

Note: airfare, lodging and meal accommodations are not included in the registration fees.

Grants available
For smaller to mid-size companies – 500 or few employees – Enterprise Florida is offering grants to cover 100 percent of the registration cost. The funding is provided through a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative. The grant is available only to Gold Key participants, and a company will be responsible for the registration cost if a cancelation or no-show occurs. Companies must complete a separate application to obtain the grant.

The registration deadline is March 25 for companies and April 10 for others who want to participate as Florida delegates. Businesses can sign up by contacting:

Juliana Peña
(305) 808-3388
jpena@eflorida.com

Jay Sumners
(305) 808-3389
jsumners@eflorida.com

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