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From the U.S. Commercial Service … Connect to a world of opportunity in Latin America


The 2016 Trade Winds program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore seven markets in Latin America.

Hosted in Chile, Trade Winds will feature a Latin America business forum, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with senior U.S. diplomats representing commercial markets from 22 Western Hemisphere countries.

Additional trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct customized business-to-business meetings with pre-screened firms in Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay.

The United States and Western Hemisphere region enjoy extensive economic linkages, rich cultural people-to-people connections, and a shared belief in inclusive growth and broad-based opportunity. Over decades of collaboration and partnership, the United States and the Western Hemisphere have built one of the most active trading relationships in the world, strong cooperation on cutting edge energy security, and a network of connections among our countries and people that allow the efficient movement of knowledge, ideas and technology.

The Western Hemisphere is the destination for 45.5 percent of U.S. exports (2014), more than any other region across the globe.

U.S. goods exports to the Western Hemisphere in 2014 were $736.7 billion, up 3.4% ($24.6 billion) from 2013. The largest export markets are: Canada ($312.4 billion), Mexico ($240.2 billion), Brazil ($42.5 billion), Colombia ($20.1 billion), Chile ($16.5 billion), Venezuela ($11.1 billion), Argentina ($10.9 billion), Panama ($10.5 billion), and Peru ($10.1 billion).

The United States has free trade agreements with twelve Western Hemisphere countries, more than with any other region in the world.

U.S. exports of private commercial services (i.e., excluding military and government) to the Western Hemisphere were $190.8 billion in 2013, up 5.6% ($10.1 billion) from 2012.

Participating in the Trade Winds Trade Mission will allow innovative U.S. companies to fully maximize their advantages in this promising and dynamic region!

Register here for the Latin America trade mission, September 6-13, 2016

Subscribe to email updates about the Trade Winds Business Forum.

For more information, contact: Diego Gattesco — (304) 243-5493 or Jessica Gordon — (601) 373-0784

Learn about Trade Winds 2016 – Latin America to be held in Santiago, Chile on September 7-9, 2016 to include B2B meetings with seven markets in Latin America.

If you are ready to begin exporting or expand your export profile, please contact your nearest Export Assistance Center or download A Basic Guide to Exporting.