Trade Alliance Announces 2014 Trade Mission to Brazil - Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance By ABC-Trade-Alliance 12/18/2013 Albuquerque News Albuquerque, NM— Today Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert announced that the next official trade mission of the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance would be to Brazil. The trade mission to Brazil is slated to take place from March 15-23 and is being organized in conjunction with the NM Aviation Association, NM Professional Aerospace Contractors Association, and the State of New Mexico Office of International Trade. The trade mission will include stops in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and will focus primarily on the Aviation, Aerospace and Construction sectors, although any New Mexico company is eligible to participate and will be provided with custom business-to-business matchmaking with Brazilian companies. “Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy and an ideal market for companies in the aviation, aerospace, construction, and renewable energy sectors,” said Mayor Berry. “This trade mission is an excellent opportunity for companies of any size or level of export experience.” New Mexico companies that participate on the 2014 Trade Alliance Mission to Brazil will benefit from discounted lodging rates, language assistance, and prequalified business meetings arranged on their behalf based upon their specific interests in the Brazilian market. Participants also benefit from the added visibility and credibility associated with traveling under the umbrella of an official U.S. government delegation. “Last year New Mexico exports almost quadrupled from $13.6 million to over $40 million,” added Commissioner Talbert. “We believe that this is just a drop in the bucket of what our exports to Brazil could look like.” New Mexico participants from the construction sector will have the added benefit of access to Feicon Batimat, one of Brazil’s premier international construction industry trade shows taking place in São Paulo concurrently with the Trade Mission. “Brazil is gearing up for the World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics,” said City Economic Development Director Gary Oppedahl. “These projects require a massive investment in infrastructure which is a tremendous opportunity for New Mexico companies in the construction services sector.” In addition to supporting the New Mexico companies, Mayor Berry and Commissioner Talbert will take advantage of their time in Brazil to meet with government and industry leaders to promote New Mexico as a strategic location for Brazilian investment. “We formed the Trade Alliance to create international business opportunities for local companies because we know that entering a foreign market can be an extremely daunting and expensive endeavor,” said Bernalillo County Economic Development Director, Mayling Armijo. “This trade mission alone will save each participating company over $2,500 when compared to what it would cost them to do it on their own.” Space is limited. To learn more about the trade mission and reserve your place, please send an email to Randy Trask Subscribe to get the best Albuquerque stories delivered free right to your inbox. Yes Please! Thank you for subscribing!