Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) will lead a delegation of small and mid-sized Florida businesses on an export sales mission to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China from June 1 to June 9. Registration to attend is open.
“Hong Kong and Guangzhou are two strong and vibrant export markets for U.S. companies,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of International Trade and Development for Enterprise Florida. “As a result of China’s increasing domestic consumption and growing middle class, significant market potential exists for companies focused on collaboration and mutual benefit. Florida companies are well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities, and this mission will provide an excellent vehicle to expand trade opportunities.”
According to the US-China Business Council, China ranked as the #5 global export market for the State of Florida and third largest export market for services in 2016. Florida exports to China supported 34,900 American jobs in 2015. U.S. goods exported to China in 2015 were $116.2 billion, and U.S. exports of services to China were an estimated $42.5 billion in 2014 (latest data available).
The industry sectors listed below provide some of the best opportunities for exports for Florida companies. If your industry is not mentioned below, please contact us for a no-obligation assessment.
- Agricultural Services
- Automotive Parts and Accessories
- Computer and Information Technology Equipment
- Cosmetics and Skin care
- Education and Training Services
- Environmental Technologies
- Financial Services
- Marine Industries
- Medical Equipment and Devices
- Safety and Security Services/Products
As part of Enterprise Florida’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 Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The USCS will coordinate all one-on-one Gold Key appointments. The USCS offers a variety of products and services designed to facilitate U.S. exports and foreign direct investment opportunities.
Option 1: Gold Key Package (Two Full Days)
The U.S. Commercial Service will schedule one-on-one appointments with pre-screened Chinese companies. The price of this service is $1,800 for the first company representative. Gold Key participation will be limited to Florida manufacturers, distributors, and service companies that best meet the participation criteria. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. This option is limited to twelve (12) Florida companies.
Small and mid-sized Florida manufacturers, eligible high tech companies, and professional service providers may qualify for a Reimbursable Gold Key Grant, which will offset 100% of the Matchmaking Registration fee for the first company representative. A separate application process will be required for this grant.
Option 2: Delegate Package
The delegate option is for individuals interested in participating in mission activities. The price of this option is $800 per person. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend all mission events, have access to airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flights and ground transportation to all mission events.
The Gold Key registration deadline is April 10 and the delegate registration deadline is April 16.
For questions about itinerary & visa requirements, please contact John Diep at [email protected] or (561) 832-8339.
For questions regarding registration, please contact Andrea Moore at [email protected] or (850) 469-8989.
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 international events.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.