Idaho Businesses Invited to Participate in Governor’s Trade Mission to Asia, Announces the The Idaho Department of Commerce

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April 2013 Trade Mission Includes Stops in Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam

Idaho trade missions open doors to international markets for Idaho businesses, while allowing them to gain high-level access to both private sector businesses and key government decision makers.

The Idaho Department of Commerce and Idaho State Department of Agriculture are pleased to invite Idaho businesses to participate in Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s 2013 trade mission to Asia. Dates for this year’s http:// mission are April 19-27, 2013.

The trade delegation will visit three key cities that present strong export opportunities for Idaho companies – Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Locations were selected based upon a survey of Idaho companies on their top export destinations.

“Selling Idaho goods and services to other countries is an important part of our strategy for meeting the goals of Project 60,” Governor Otter said. “Based on my years of experience in the private sector, I know firsthand that face-to-face interaction with potential customers is one of the best strategies for creating and expanding international business opportunities. I look forward to leading this trade mission to Asia, and encourage any Idaho company interested in growing their business to participate.”

Taiwan is ranked as Idaho’s third-largest trade partner. This past fall, the United States granted Taiwan visa-waiver status which will further enhance the already thriving trade relationship between Idaho and Taiwan. With a visa no longer necessary for travel between the United States and Taiwan, expanded tourism and foreign direct investment opportunities will also be a focus of the mission.

Korea is a top-five export destination for Idaho companies. The recent implementation of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) will open new opportunities for Idaho companies interested in this robust Asian market.

Vietnam is an emerging market for Idaho companies, but holds strong potential for a variety of Idaho’s key export sectors. This will be Governor Otter’s second visit to Vietnam since 2008, and his return visit will strengthen Idaho’s relationship with key government officials and allow Idaho companies to open new doors in this rapidly growing economy.

Idaho trade missions open doors to international markets for Idaho businesses, while allowing them to gain high-level access to both private sector businesses and key government decision makers. Trade missions also help participants recognize their key existing customers through the presentation of the Idaho Value Partner Award. Idaho companies looking to expand sales, build distribution networks or strategic alliances, and strengthen existing customer relationships are encouraged to participate

Participating companies will receive pre-qualified appointments, market briefings in each country, turnkey logistical arrangements for the trip, and business networking receptions in Seoul and Taipei.

Space for joining the Governor on this trade mission is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013.

Detailed information about trade mission logistics, registration materials and participation fees is available here.

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