Gov. Mark Dayton’s August trade mission to Mexico will include representatives of the state’s business, education and cultural communities and they’ll visit Mexico City and Guadalajara in search of business opportunities and Mexican investment.
The Minnesota Trade Office is coordinating the Aug. 9-14 trip.
Highlights of the schedule include:
- Marketing and industry briefings from U.S. and Mexican experts
- Consultations with the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce
- Site visits to Minnesota companies operating in Mexico
- Site visits to Mexican companies in target industries
- Meetings with officials of the Mexican government, chambers of commerce and key industry organizations
- Matchmaking activities between Mexican companies and Minnesota firms looking for buyers, distributors or partners in the market
- Receptions and networking events
Mexico is Minnesota’s second largest international trade partner, after Canada, and officials say the trade mission will strengthen those bonds.
In his first term, Dayton traveled on trade missions to China, Japan and South Korea, and to Norway, Sweden and Germany.
Said the governor:
“Mexico is a very important trading partner for businesses and farmers throughout our state. The goal of this trade mission will be to establish and build relationships that will help Minnesota companies and producers increase their exports to Mexico, and in doing so, create more jobs here at home.”
State officials said sales to Mexico reached $2.2 billion last year, and it is the state’s largest market for meat products, miscellaneous grains/seeds, cereals and dairy/eggs, and the state’s second-largest market for machinery, vehicles, food byproducts, ores/slag/ash, rubber and processed foods.
And they say 31 Minnesota companies, including 3M, H.B. Fuller, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic, Ecolab, Valspar, Cargill and C.H. Robinson, do business in Mexico.
Applications to join the delegation can be made until April 17. Total cost is expected to be about $5,000 per person. That includes airfare and hotel, plus a mission fee of $2,800 to cover ground transportation in Mexico, official events and receptions and some meals.