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South Carolina Automotive Trade Mission to Mexico

April 19, 2017

Trade Mission: August 27-31, 2017
Deadline to Register: May 1, 2017

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is leading an automotive trade mission to Mexico. Companies that are approved to attend will have one-on-one meetings with prospective distributors, agents, and partners that are set up by the U.S. Commercial Service. The trade mission is open to all South Carolina companies.

Locations: Mexico City, August 27-29 and Puebla, August 29-31

Costs: Approximately $5,000. Does not include airfare, lodging, or meals. Financial incentives are available for qualified SMEs through the South Carolina Export Incentives Program. Limited to two representatives per company.

Logistics: will be responsible for arranging, confirming and payment of their own international flights. The South Carolina Department of Commerce will make hotel room block reservations and will provide ground transportation for meetings and between cities.

For more information, contact: Anita Patel, 803-737-0247 or

At a Glance

Abundant opportunities exist in Mexico for South Carolina companies. $1.8 billion in SC traded goods cross the U.S. – Mexico border every year. Mexico is South Carolina’s 4th largest export partner.

Strategic location with an attractive business climate, legal certainty and notable political maturity.

NAFTA has eliminated most tariffs and paper-work for exporting to Mexico and increased demand for U.S. and Canadian goods and services.

Mexico has a population of 120 million, with 78% living in urban areas. The economy is the 13th largest in the world.