2016 trade missions

The Auto Care Association has hosted two successful trade missions to Peru and Guatemala as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The association received the award to help the automotive industry increase exports to free trade agreement partners in Latin America.  

Trade missions are a cost-effective opportunity to gain first-hand market information and one-on-one meetings with foreign industry executives, pre-screened to match participants’ specific business objectives. 

The first two mission stops, to Peru and Guatemala, are now completed. Please find more information on these trade missions here:

Participation is limited to companies seeking to export goods or services produced in the United States, or goods or services that contain at least 51 percent U.S. content

Qualifying firms are eligible for:
  • A reimbursement for a portion of the trade mission cost;
  • Personalized business-to-business meetings through the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Matchmaking Service

Companies do not have to be a member of the Auto Care Association to apply.

Testimonials

Read some testimonials from our 2016 trade mission participants:

“I had not anticipated that this trade mission to Lima, Peru would be as productive as it has been. The briefings presented Tuesday by Peruvian and U.S. Embassy officials, and from the representative from the Automotive Association of Peru, were thorough and very informative. They clearly put into context the opportunities and challenges that exist in the Peruvian aftermarket. The site visits, as well as the one-on-one meetings that were pre-arranged, were very effective. I am certain that I will develop significant new business from this trade mission. The Auto Care Association did an excellent job in organizing and executing this event.”

- Mick Jordan, vice president, marketing, Cloyes Gear and Products
Auto Care Association member and current OAC chairman

“We would like to extend our thanks to the Auto Care Association for setting up the trade mission to Guatemala. Our experience during this event has been of a positive outcome. Having the opportunity to meet with the leading companies in the automotive industry in Guatemala has opened a wide range of business venues we were long due to achieve. We would like to support this program and hopefully participate in the upcoming missions to other countries scheduled for the future, and encourage all the companies in the auto care industry to participate in these trade missions.”

- Jorge Amaya, delegate from Herko Automotive Group
Auto Care Association member

“The Auto Care Association and the U.S.Commercial Service did a magnificent job of setting up productive meetings with local businesses which are eagerly ready to create business relationships with our U.S. organization.”

- Daniel Moroles, sales and market development manager, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
Auto Care Association member

Please find more information on our trade missions for 2017 here .

For more information regarding the Auto Care Association’s trade missions or other international opportunities, please contact Carolina Arregoces at carolina.arregoces@autocare.org or 240-333-1037.

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