The International Trade and Investment Division of the Arizona Department of Commerce is inviting small and mid-sized Arizona companies to participate in a trade mission to Guadalajara, Mexico in February.
“MatchMex Guadalajara” will offer two days of appointments with pre-qualified potential business partners for eight Arizona businesses seeking to export products or services.
"This program is in place to support small Arizona businesses in becoming export ready and finding new markets to enhance trade opportunities with Mexico," said Gil Jimenez, director of the commerce department. "Guadalajara has great potential for businesses on both sides of the border."
Arizona's trade office in Guadalajara will scheduled customized “one-on-one” business meetings for participants and assign an aide to help each participant at their business meetings, he said. Each meeting will be scheduled at the office of the potential business partner in Guadalajara.
To be eligible for the trade mission, an Arizona company must have a product or service to offer and an idea of the type of relationship they want in Mexico, said Fernando Jimenez, international trade specialist in the department.
Companies can determine if they are eligible by contacting Fernando Jimenez at (602) 771-1157 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the Arizona Department of Commerce Web site at www.azcommerce.com.
The deadline to register is Jan. 2. Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco, is a major region for electronics manufacturing, producing more than 60 percent of Mexico's computers. It also is a center of distribution for central and western Mexico.
Jalisco's economy includes petrochemicals, footwear manufacturing, leather goods, produce, sugar, paper and cellulose. Fruit and vegetable farming are widespread in the coastal areas, and the state has become Mexico's leading meat, egg and dairy producer. Jalisco also is renowned for its tequila, produced from the agave plant.
The mission is one of three planned by the commerce department to Mexico in 2004. The others will be to Monterey in April or May and to Mexico City in September.
Previous trade missions to Mexico have generated about $10 million in export sales for Arizona businesses during the past three years, said Fernando Jimenez.
Mexico is Arizona's largest export market, accounting for about $3 billion of the state's $11.9 billion in exports last year, he said.