Florida business mission to Chile set for May
Gov. Rick Scott is preparing to lead a Florida business mission to Chile from May 20 to May 23, the state’s economic development group Enterprise Florida announced.
About 100 business and government leaders are expected to travel to the South American nation of 17 million people, the latest of more than half a dozen overseas mission led by Scott since he took office in 2011.
“This mission will help businesses identify and establish relationships with buyers in one of the fastest growing markets in the world for Florida products,” said Manny Mencia, Enterprise Florida's chief of international business development.
Chile ranked No. 6 as an export market for Florida in 2011, buying $3.9 million in goods sent from the state. Florida exports to Chile increased by 24 percent from October 2011 to October 2012, Enterprise Florida said in a statement.
Spurring Florida's exports: the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 2004 and is phasing out import duties through 2015. Chile’s market is widely considered the most open in Latin America, analysts say.
Among best prospects for exports to Chile are medical equipment, computer equipment, telecom equipment, financial services, security systems, farm machinery, electric power equipment, mining machinery and tourism services, according to U.S. Commerce Department reports.
For companies with 500 of fewer employees, Enterprise Florida is offering grants to cover registration cost. The deadline for registration is March 25 for companies.
Gov. Scott has led missions to Colombia, England, Spain, Israel, Brazil and Panama. The Colombia trip in December included nearly 200 people and was one of the largest U.S. groups to visit that South American country of 47 million residents.
For more information on the Chile mission, contact Juliana Peña at Enterprise Florida at 305-808-3388 at or