Join the U.S. Safety & Security Trade Mission to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador

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.

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Commercial Setting

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

  • Business and market briefings;
  • One-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners
  • Site visits
  • Networking receptions and events with business leaders and government representatives
  • Media exposure

Target U.S. Products and Services

Burglar and motion alarms

Sensors

Intrusion detection systems

CCTV cameras

Metal detectors

Access control equipment

Biometrics

Electronic surveillance

Remote monitoring

Perimeter security

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

  • $3800 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (less than 500 employees)
  • $4800 for a large firm
  • $450 for each additional firm participant

Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

To Apply

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.

Contact Information

April Redmon
Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service-Virginia and Washington, D.C.
April.Redmon@trade.gov

Tel: (703) 235-0103

Maria Rivera
Senior Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Embassy-El Salvador
Maria.rivera@trade.gov

Tel: +503-2501-3060


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