Explore Export Opportunities in Mexico
The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing the first trade mission for U.S. Paint and Coatings Materials Suppliers in conjunction with the ANAFAPYT (Mexican National Association of Manufacturers of Paints and Inks) trade show, “Latin America’s Coatings Show 2017”.
The purpose of the mission is to help participating raw material and equipment suppliers to the paints and coatings industry gain market insight, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects with the goal of increasing their exports and business in Mexico. Firms participating in the Trade Mission may also take advantage of complimentary registration or discounted exhibit fees to the Latin American Coatings Show 2017, scheduled June 20-22.
Trade Mission Features
The mission will have the following components:
- Business-to-Business Matchmaking appointments (approximately four meetings per company).
- Embassy Commercial Briefing for Mission participants: provides a “Doing Business in Mexico” overview including business entry strategies and an economic overview.
- Networking reception to meet with various key Mexican contacts in the sector as well as with ANAFAPYT’s Board of Directors and other relevant contacts.
- Industry overview and presentations in the chemical and auto sectors, which will include a briefing by USCS Mexico Specialists as well as representatives from the Mexican Association of Industrial Chemicals.
- A “mini” trade fair at the Embassy, where participating company representatives will have the opportunity to display marketing materials at individual tables and meet with invited contacts comprised of distributors or importers for the chemicals, paints and automotive sectors.
- Catalogue show at “Latin Americas Coatings Show 2017” for Mission participants: USCS Mexico will have a booth at the show and will make space available to Mission participants to display their marketing materials. Trade leads will be collected and forwarded to Mission participants at the end of the Trade Mission.
- U.S. paint and coatings industry exports to Canada and Mexico in 2015 totaled $1.5 billion combined. These two NAFTA partners have consistently been the two largest export markets for the industry, accounting for two-thirds of all U.S. paint and coatings industry exports in 2015.
- More than 50% of the raw materials used in the Mexican paints and coatings industry are imported, principally from the United States. Local manufacturers are increasingly investing in technology for this industry, thereby increasing the demand for raw materials, making this niche sector a good prospect for U.S. exporters.
Costs for Trade Mission
Small or medium sized enterprises (SME) (fewer than 500 employees): $ 1,900
Large firms or trade associations: $ 2,900
Each additional firm representative: $ 750
Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.
Conditions for Participation
Mission participants are U.S. suppliers of raw materials and equipment to the paints and coatings industry. The raw materials in highest demand in Mexico include additives, solvents, oils, pigments, resins, and waxes.
The Department of Commerce will evaluate applications and inform applicants of selection decisions two times during the recruitment period. Deadlines for each round of evaluation are as follows:
- March 15, 2017
- April 12, 2017
Applications received after April 12, 2017 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.