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         TRADE USA PROGRAM HISTORY     

Program & Overview

Since 2001, F.F.T.A. has conducted the TRADE-USA program, which promotes the export of U.S. products and services by small to medium enterprises, and increases international trade between USA and other countries. It is but natural for F.F.T.A. to expand the Inbound TRADE-USA program.

Each TRADE-USA Inbound Mission includes a standard program of activities and educational modules that include Pre-screened Qualified Individual Appointments within the U.S. export firms that will enable foreign business to locate potential trading partners. In addition, F.F.T.A. contributes to international trade by conducting export seminars, educational forums, and networking activities for local businesses to interact with peers and foreign counterparts.

F.F.T.A. also organizes Outbound Foreign Trade Missions to help develop, maintain and expand foreign markets in goods and services. With the support of Enterprise Florida, which is the state’s official economic development agency, F.F.T.A. has conducted approximately more than 72 trade missions throughout the Americas. It is recognized as a leader in the development of cost-effective travel programs and one-on-one business matchmaking meetings abroad. It has an established infrastructure of collaboration, contacts, and support with the US Embassies, Commercial Sections, Chambers of Commerce, foreign embassies and consular offices, other trade associations, and local government agencies.

As an export promotion program, F.F.T.A.’s TRADE-USA matches foreign delegates of the incoming trade missions with U.S. companies, involving the direct participation of the American Chamber of Commerce in the respective countries and the overseas U.S. Commercial Service. Individual pre-screened appointments and visits to the facilities of the American companies are facilitated with the guidance of a trade association and the private sectors (S.M.E.'s), state economic development entities such as Enterprise Florida, county and city organizations.

Florida has a unique advantage of strategic geographic location, state-of the art infrastructure, multilingual workforce, and concentration of corporate and financial resources. As the gateway to Latin America, Caribbean, and European markets, Florida needs to build upon its international image and leverage its trade facilities by supporting local businesses in their efforts to export, develop, tap new markets, as well as sustain and expand current markets.

The geographical position of the State of Florida and the services provided by the airports, seaports, and Free Zones, are vital to the transportation requirements between the U.S. and our target countries. Many U.S. companies have their international headquarters in the state of Florida and thus are potential vendors for our incoming trade mission delegations.

F.F.T.A.'S TRACK RECORD/ TRADE-USA TRADE MISSIONS

Year
Total Trade Missions
Inbound Trade Missions

 

Outbound Trade Missions
U.S. Companies

Meetings

w/Foreign Companies
Foreign Companies
U.S. $

Event Sales, Purchases or Agreements
U.S. $ Actual & Projected Sales, or Purchases, and/or Agreements
 2014  3  1 from Dominican Republic to Miami
 

1 Guatemala
1 Peru
 168

 8
 5
 14

 78
 29
 1,621,000

 3,670,000
    110,000
 1,681,000

 3,670,000
    110,000
 2013  1  1 from Dominican Republic to Miami  ---
197   15  1,565,000  3,715 ,000

2012

4
 

1 FFTA Mission from Suwon City, South Korea to Doral

1 from Dominican Republic to Doral

1 from Costa Rica & GUATEMALA to Doral

1 from BOLIVIA to Doral 

--- 


325

 

35
 
 
 1,245,000


 3,251,000

 

2011

 1 FFTA Mission from Suwon City, South Korea to Doral

1 from Dominican Republic to Doral & Hollywood

1 from Costa Rica to Doral & Hollywood

1 from Guatemala to Doral & Hollywood

--- 

611

 

38 

4,510,000 

12,325,610 

 

2010

 

5

1 from Dominican Republic to Doral

1 from Costa Rica to Doral and Orlando

1 from Ecuador to Doral

1 from Peru to Doral and Hollywood

1 to Lima, Peru

1,214

71

2,901,800

12,770,000

 

2009

 

6

1 from Dominican to Doral

1 from Honduras and Peru to Doral and Hollywood

1 from Venezuela to Doral and Hollywood

1 from Guatemala and El Salvador to Doral, Hollywood and West Palm Beach

1 from Costa Rica to Doral, Hollywood and Naples/Collier County

1 from Peru to Doral and Hollywood

 

---

 

1,065

 

57

 

1,021,033

 

12,897,134

 

2008

 

8

2 from Dominican Republic

1 from Peru

1 from Costa Rica

1 from Honduras

1 from Venezuela

1 from Caribbean Region: Barbados

1 from Guatemala & El Salvador

 

---

 

1,363

 

73

 

2,159,700

 

20,106,200

 

2007

 

8

2 from the Dominican Rep;

1 from Honduras;

1 from Venezuela;

1 from the Caribbean;

1 from Peru;

1 from Colombia

1 to Punta Cana, D.R.

 

1,251

 

125

 

9,069,000

 

65,684,200

 

2006

 

6

1 from Colombia;

2 from Dom. Republic

1 from Canada;

1 from Peru

 

1 to Ecuador

 

574

 

56

 

10,756,000

 

21,023,000

2005

2

2 from the Dominican Republic

---

516

44

2,741,000

5,730,000

 

2004

 

4

 

1 from Colombia

1 from Dominican Republic

1 to Costa Rica;

1 to Hong Kong & Shenzhen

 

226

183

 

335,000

 

5,415,000

2003

3

1 from the Dominican Rep.,

1 from Ecuador, and

1 from Colombia

---

317

25

500,000

2,270,000

2002

2

1 from Ecuador,

1 from Dominican Republic

---

325

28

283,020

6,637,000

2001

3

1 from the Dominican Republic

1 to D.R.

1 to Guatemala

173

21

1,200,000

2,000,000

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