Option 1: Trade Winds Mission and Business Development Conference

Duration of your trip will vary depending upon your Mission Stop market selections

Trade Winds Business Development Conference in Bogota, May 18-21, 2014

  • Business Development Conference
  • Prearranged consultations with up to 11 CS Senior Commercial Officers - Countries of focus: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Central America, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru
  • Access to high visibility business networking events with leading industry and government officials.
  • Prearranged business-to-business meetings with  firms during the following time frame:

Schedule for Mission Stops:

In addition to your attendance at the business forum in Bogota, Colombia, you have the option to select up to 5 Mission Stops listed below. Please contact the Trade Winds registration team at: tradewinds@trade.gov to customize your itinerary.

Below are the dates and locations for the business-to-business matchmaking options.

  • Panama City, Panama or Quito, Ecuador – May 15-16, 2014
  • Bogota, Colombia - May 19-21, 2014
  • Lima, Peru or Santiago, Chile – May 22-23, 2014

* After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required.

For companies with less than 500 employees

  • $1,900- Trade Winds Forum and One Mission Stop
  • $1,000 – Each additional Mission Stop
  • $400 – Each Additional Attendee

For companies with 500 or more employees

  • $2,900 – Trade Winds Forum and One mission stop
  • $1,000 – Each additional Mission Stop
  • $400 – Each Additional Attendee

Registration has CLOSED.

Option 2: Trade Winds Business Development Conference Only

  • Business Development Conference in Bogota, Colombia
  • Access to high visibility business networking events with leading industry and government officials.
  • Prearranged consultations with up to 11 CS Senior Commercial Officers - Countries of focus: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Central America, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru

Fee for all companies:

  • $400 for each attendee

Registration has CLOSED.

* After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required

Conditions for Participation:

  • An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation.  Applicant should specify in their application and supplemental materials which trade mission stops they are interested in participating in (if registering for the Business Forum and Mission).  If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications.
  • Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the U.S., or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 % U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service.

Selection Criteria for Participation:  Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability of the company’s products or services to each of the markets the company has expressed an interest in visiting as part of this trade mission.
  • Company’s potential for business in each of the markets the company has expressed an interest in visiting as part of this trade mission.
  • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission

Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications

  • Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar, and other Internet web sites, press releases to the general and trade media, direct mail and broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups and announcements at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. 
  • Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than April 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2013, until the minimum of 50 participants is selected. After March 15, 2014, companies will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.


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