What is Look South?

LOOK SOUTH is a coordinated Federal Government effort led by the U.S. Department of Commerce to help more American companies “Look South” to do business with and expand sales to dynamic markets including Mexico and our 10 other Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners in Central and South America.  These 11 economies – Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru – all have a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and diversifying industries. The Look South Initiative will help businesses across the country explore these markets, learn about emerging opportunities, and tap into federal programs, services, and financing that can help companies get deals done.

Look South features our Free Trade Agreement partners in Latin America. For information on all the markets in the Western Hemisphere, please visit our Trade Americas site. 

Featured Event

Join the U.S. Commercial Service on the March 16-19, 2015 U.S. Education Trade Mission to El Salvador and Honduras with an optional stop in Nicaragua. The United States is a top destination for students looking to study abroad from these countries – with a 21.5 percent increase in the number of students in the United States since 2006.  The emphasis will be on U.S. higher education, including intensive English language programs, community colleges, summer, undergraduate and graduate programs.  The mission will include student fairs, embassy briefings, site visits, and networking events, and will help you establish valuable relationships in San Salvador, Santa Ana, Tegucigalpa and Managua.  The registration deadline is January 15. 


More Upcoming Events

Leveraging Technology for the Financial Sector in Mexico –
February 10-12, 2015

Council of Great Lakes Governors Trade Mission to Mexico –
March 1-6, 2015

Florida Export Development Mission to Peru –
March 23-25, 2015

Automotive Trade Mission to Colombia and Peru –
April 26-30, 2015

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