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Branstad to Lead Trade Mission to Chile and Brazil in July

May 1, 2012
By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor

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Iowa companies in all industry sectors will have the opportunity to participate in a trade mission to Brazil and Chile July 21-28, which will be led by Governor Terry E. Branstad. The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) International Trade Office will coordinate the trip.

Branstad notes that exporting creates jobs and "that is why we have made it a goal to increase overall exports by 20%." He continues, "Trade missions like this one will help Iowa companies in expanding their markets outside of the U.S., which will lead to more jobs here at home."

"This trade mission will help build on Iowa’s success in trading with Brazil and Chile and will continue to strengthen our partnership with these countries," says IEDA Director Debi Durham. "Both Brazil and Chile remain key destinations for many Iowa products so it is important that we continue to have a presence there."

The Iowa delegation's itinerary includes visits to Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, Brazil and Santiago, Chile. Highlights include meetings with government and industry association officials, briefings on each market, and "Growing Iowa’s Global Partnerships" events. Iowa companies will participate in meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.

Companies interested in participating can learn more about the trade mission here. The deadline for application is May 15, 2012.

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