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Trade Promotion Programs : NAFTA

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This section will highlight trade promotion programs for doing business in NAFTA regions.  See also : investment promotion contacts Our work does not focus on trade promotion.  Our focus is on direct investment projects.  The two are obviously related, however, since growth in trade may drive new projects.

Research for this section has not yet been completed.

Suggestions are welcome.

It will focus on trade promotion in all directions, not just export promotion.

In other words, it will highlight services which are intended to support companies as they seek to grow their export sales in other markets, as well as services which support US or other foreign companies to develop trade opportunities within the NAFTA regions.

This will not be limited to governmental or non-profit organizations.  Significant private sector trade promotion services may also be highlighted, but it is not our intent to create a comprehensive list of export support services.  There are many good directory resources already available for such purposes.  Refer also to our Government Services directory.

The main reason for including the list here is that trade development is often closely linked to subsequent direct investment projects if the trading activity is successful.  We therefore believe that, from an executive's perspective, they belong together even though we do not wish to duplicate effort since many good trade promotion resources already exist.  Our focus is on the lack of a more efficient marketplace for capital investment project support.

Governmental agencies typically deal with trade matters as a one-way process, such as export promotion.  They also tend to look at direct investment as a one-way process to attract new investment, rather than to help local companies succeed elsewhere beyond the early stages of export promotion, such as when a local presence becomes necessary to develop and support further trade and global growth opportunities more effectively.

It is not unusual for the trade promotion and investment promotion programs to have relatively little contact with each other, much less coordination of their activities, because they look at these as two separate markets (pushing exports by local companies, and pushing investment by companies outside the area).  Areas with active business retention and expansion programs can be confusing in this regard, because they tie into both.  Shouldn't they help the foreign investors in the area to expand and export elsewhere too, just as they would help local companies to do so?  Both types of investors can benefit the local area.

The point is that this can be a confusing area, with many variances in the scope and quality of services offered to business, and in the degree of integration between trade and investment promotion services in an area.

Organization Name, Description

Website Suggested Contact Phone
Promoting exports from the US to Canada or Mexico (or other markets, too) Refer also to our Government services directory    
US & Foreign Commercial Service offices in Mexico, which prepare the Country Commercial Guide , are at the US Embassy in Mexico City ( ) and at the consulates in Monterey, Guadalajara, and Tijuana

Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico office :

California-Mexico Trade Assistance Centers - and Centers for International Trade Development - various local offices around California for trade promotion services

TradePort - Country Profiles from World Trade Press - and other reference information as California's "Gateway to Global Trade" - owned by the Bay Area Economic Forum and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and managed by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA).  Not operated by the State of California.

Promoting exports from Canada or Mexico to the US refer also to our Canada and Mexico directories    
Trade promotion events, industry networking      
Expo Maquila - trade show (November) for maquilas, suppliers    
Mexport - trade show (June) for southern CA, Baja California region    
ExpoLogistica - July trade show in Mexico City draws an estimated 12,500 visitors and 300 exhibitors    
Enfasis Logistica - specialty magazine in Spanish for markets in Mexico, Central America, and South America, particularly Argentina; publishes a Supplier's Directory each January, and a guide of exhibitors for Expologistica each July    
Publishers or portals which focus on NAFTA trade development      
Transporte Siglo XXI - portal about logistics in Mexico across various industries    
Services to find or develop trading partnerships, alliances, joint ventures      
Support for M&A searches or strategic alliances      
Support for distribution channel searches (representatives, distributors, etc.)      
Promoting exports from countries other than NAFTA members into NAFTA countries      
Other NAFTA trade information resources      
Lists of area representatives (economic development, investment promotion agencies) by location

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