trade mission to Colombia

June 5 - 6, 2019

The Auto Care Association is exited to announce a Trade Mission to Colombia. A cost-effective opportunity to gain firsthand market information, meet one-on-one with prospective customers and distributors pre-screened to match your specific business objectives.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit EXPOPARTES, the largest Colombian automotive parts fair organized by Asopartes, a Colombian trade association representing auto parts importers and distributors. Expopartes features more than 280 local and international exhibitors with over 25,000 visitors for 2019.

Trade Mission is open to all companies in the Auto Care Industry!

Read  testimonials from our past trade mission participants.

Why Colombia? 

  • The United States is Colombia’s largest trading partner. U.S. exports to Colombia in 2017 were valued at USD 13.3 billion.
  • With approximately 49 million inhabitants, Colombia is the fourth largest economy in Latin America.
  • Colombia has five commercial hubs in the country: Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, and Cartagena, in contrast to most Latin American countries that have one or two major cities.
  • Under the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement which entered into effect in 2012, most auto parts (which were previously assessed a tariff of 13 percent on average) enter the market tariff free. Tariffs on other parts will be reduced to zero over the next 1-5 years.

Turnkey Package Includes:

  • Personalized business-to-business meetings provided by the American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Admission to the Expopartes Show.
  • Industry and country briefing.
  • On-site interpreters.
  • Hotel accommodations, airport transfers and local ground transportation and meals.

Register here

Tentative Itinerary

Tuesday, June 4: 

  • Delegation arrives in Bogota, Colombia 

Wednesday, June 5: 

  • Welcome briefing 
  • Business-to-Business meetings at EXPOPARTES Trade Show 
  • Explore EXPOPARTES Trade Show 

Thursday, June 6: 

  • Business-to-Business meetings at EXPOPARTES Trade Show 
  • Networking Reception

Friday, June 7: 

  • Delegation departs to the U.S.

Pricing

Auto Care Association Members $ 3,500
Non-Members $ 4,000
Each Additional Participant   $ 500
 
Trade mission package includes B2B meetings through the Amercian Chamber of Commerce’s Matchmaking Service. Admission to trade mission events: country briefing, lunch on June 5 and 6, dinner on June 5; networking reception on June 6. Hotel accommodations (inc. breakfast and wifi). Transportation to/from the airport. Local ground transportation to mission-related events. Interpretation services during B2B meetings. Conference call with Amcham specialists to review specific goals/objectives. Not included: expenses for airfare, non-specified meals and incidentals.

Offset incentive for qualifying U.S. companies!

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, companies promoting products that are 51% U.S. content will receive an offset of the above trade mission package price:

Price after Offset
Auto Care Association Members $ 3,000
Non-Members $ 3,500

Deadline

The deadline to register is April 19, 2019.

We will review your application and obtain preliminary feedback from the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia. You will then be notified regarding your potential to participate in the mission. 

Space is limited.

Register here

Cancellation Policy

By submitting payment, 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 four weeks before the 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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