May 29, 2018 – The Auto Care Association
hosted a trade mission to Costa Rica, May 21-22, 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 business
development opportunities to gain first-hand market information and one-on-one
meetings with potential clients and partners. The association, in collaboration
with the U.S. Commercial Service, has organized trade missions to Peru,
Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years.
Trade mission delegates
participated in personalized business-to-business matchmaking meetings with
foreign industry executives, pre-screened to match companies’ specific business
objectives. Delegates also had the opportunity to participate in a country
briefing and networking events.
“We have had great success in
finding highly motivated individuals and locally established businesses to meet
with us face-to-face and discuss acquiring our products,” said Santiago
Estrada, international account executive, Warco Products. “This adds more
credence by being there, rather than just conference calls and emails. If you
want to grow your business or industry outside of your comfort zone, act
quickly. Based on our experience, I highly recommend trying your best efforts
to do the same by joining the Auto Care Association and participate in their
trade mission program.”
The Auto Care Association will
be hosting a trade
mission to Chile, Aug. 21-22, 2018. Qualifying firms are eligible for an
offset of the trade mission costs.
For details about the Auto Care
Association’s trade missions, visit www.autocare.org/trade-missions.
For additional event information, contact Carolina Arregoces at firstname.lastname@example.org, or