2018 trade missions

The Auto Care Association and the International Trade Administration are excited to announce a trade mission to Chile in 2018, as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support export promotion projects in Latin America.

Trade mission participants enjoy private one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners. This is a cost-effective opportunity to gain first-hand market information, save time and maximize your results!

An offset of the trade mission package for each country is available for a limited number of companies.

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

Read testimonials from our past trade mission participants.

Trade Mission to Chile – Aug. 21-22, 2018

Why Chile? 

  • Check out our latest webinar: Auto Care Business Opportunities in Chile 2018. See the slide deck of the presentation here.
  • Chile is stable, prosperous and consistently ranks high on international indices relating to economic freedom, transparency and competitiveness.
  • Macroeconomic stability and growing integration with international capital markets has earned Chile an A+ credit rating, the highest in Latin America.
  • Under the United States - Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exports to the region are no longer subject to tariffs.
  • U.S. brands are the top sellers for heavy vehicles. Best prospects include but are not limited to: engine kits, differential gears, clutches, rings, accessories, lights, pneumatic suspension systems, batteries, filters, oil, joints, rods and fifth wheels.
  • In the market for light vehicles, the best prospects include but are not limited to: engine components, clutches, mufflers, tires, catalytic converters, lights, gearboxes, air filters, brake components and windshields.

Trade Mission Packages Include:

  • Personalized business-to-business meetings through the U.S. Commercial Service targeted to meet your specific goals and objectives.
  • U.S Embassy country briefing.
  • Networking reception.
  • On-site interpreters.
  • Hotel accommodations, airport transfers and local ground transportation.
  • Most meals.
  • Pre-mission webinar.
  • Conference call with U.S. Embassy specialist to review specific goals/objectives.
Register here for the Chile trade mission!

Tentative Itinerary

Tuesday, Aug. 21:
    Delegation arrives in Santiago, Chile
    Welcome U.S. Embassy country briefing
Wednesday, Aug. 22:
    Personalized business-to-business meetings
    Networking Reception
Thursday, Aug. 23
    Participants return to the United States on own itinerary


Qualifying companies will receive a $1,500 offset of the trade mission package!

Cost After Offset
Auto Care Association Members $ 4,100 $ 2,600
Non-Members $ 4,600 $ 3,100
Each Additional Participant Members $ 500
Each Additional Participant Non-Members $ 600

Trade mission package includes: B2B meetings through U.S. Commercial Service’s Gold Key Matchmaking Service; admission to trade mission events: country briefing, lunch and networking reception on August 22; hotel accommodations (incl. breakfast); transportation to/from the airport; local ground transportation to mission-related events; interpretation services during B2B meetings; pre-mission webinar; conference call with embassy specialists to review specific goals/objectives. Not included: expenses for airfare, non-specified meals and incidentals.

Additional state funds are available for qualifying participating companies through the State Trade Expansion Program (“STEP”). For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/exporting/step.


The deadline to register is July 6, 2018.

We will review your application and obtain preliminary feedback from the U.S. commercial specialists in the country. You will then be notified regarding the potential for your product and qualification to participate in the mission.
Space is limited. Register here for the Chile trade mission! 

Reporting Requirements

Participants receiving an offset agree to submit confidential quarterly reports for one year to discuss your export results based on your participation in the trade mission. Information collected may include:

  • Approximate dollar value and number of sales, types of goods/services sold;
  • Confirmation of export-related contracts formed; and
  • Any other examples of your success in these countries.

Determining Eligibility

Participants receiving an offset under the MDCP award can only market products that are 51 percent U.S.-content.
  • If not of U.S. origin, the participant must self-certify that their goods/services contain at least 51 percent U.S. content based on invoice value. The inputs in this value determination include not only the foreign produced components, but also the design, engineering, packaging, assembly, etc. that factor into the final invoice value.
  • U.S. content for manufactured goods = (ex-factory price of a good) minus (aggregate value contributed by non-U.S. or foreign sources [e.g., costs or payments to foreign suppliers/providers/employees not resident in the United States]).
  • The "ex-factory price of a good" and "contract value of the service" should reflect the actual price paid or payable for the goods or services. No additions to ex-factory price or contract value based on costs or other expenses are therefore appropriate.

Cancellation Policy

By submitting your application, you are confirming your attendance as a trade mission participant. Should you need to modify or cancel your registration, please send requests in writing to carolina.arregoces@autocare.org

Full refunds will be processed for cancellations received six weeks prior to the trade mission start date. Cancellations received after six weeks will receive a 50 percent refund. No refunds will be processed for cancellations received five weeks before the trade mission.

Space is limited. 

Register here for the Chile trade mission

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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