May 16-20, 2016
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing a Trade Mission to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
The purpose of this mission is to assist U.S. companies in launching or increasing exports of U.S. safety and security goods or services to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Participating firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports of products and services to the Northern Triangle of Central America. The mission will include customized one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners; meetings with industry leaders, market briefings, and networking events.
The mission will help participating firms and trade associations to gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. By participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador on their own, U.S. companies will enhance their ability to secure meetings in those countries and gain greater exposure to the region.
Companies in all three countries suffer from security issues affecting their property, employees and business operations. Most security issues derive from the prevalent gangs that operate in the Northern Triangle through extortions, thefts, and threats against employees’ personal safety. Companies in the region report spending up to 20% of their budgets on safety/security equipment and services to safeguard their employees and operations.
U.S. companies have a unique opportunity to showcase their safety and security solutions on this U.S. Government-led mission which supports the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle, a plan to respond to the economic and social challenges in the region, including rampant violence and insecurity affecting Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. U.S. companies can also take advantage of the CAFTA-DR Free Trade Agreement, which has created a more stable and transparent trading and investment environment, making it easier and cheaper for U.S. companies to export their products and services to trading partner markets.
Trade Mission Features
Target U.S. Products and Services
Burglar and motion alarms
Intrusion detection systems
Access control equipment
Fire and smoke detection systems and alarms
Body armor, uniforms, and tactical gear
Commercial personal defense products
Security training services
Retail security systems
Fees and Expenses
Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant
Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than March 4, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis until the maximum number of participants is reached. We will inform applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after applications are reviewed. Applications received after March 4, 2016 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.
Apply Now. Space is limited.
Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service-Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Tel: (703) 235-0103
Senior Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Embassy-El Salvador