Trade Missions

Alabama International Trade

Trade Missions

The Alabama Department of Commmerce's International Trade Division works closely with its allies to assist Alabama's small and medium-sized companies to increase their exports to various international markets. Our objective in helping Alabama companies increase their international sales is to thus create jobs and economic prosperity here at home. Trade missions and other trade events focus on Alabama's top trading partners from around the globe.

Check out some of our upcoming Trade Missions:

Alabama Trade Mission to Latin America (September 5-10, 2016)

The Latin America Trade Mission (to take place September 5-10, 2016) will include a stop in Mexico City (or possibly Guadalajara or Monterrey depending on the company sector), Mexico, followed by a stop in Santiago, Chile. Companies may participate in either or both stops. Both include the option for pre-screened business matchmaking appointments for participating companies, while the stop in Chile features the Latin America Business Forum which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Winds program, involving regional and industry-specific conference sessions plus the opportunity to meet with U.S. Commercial/Economic officers from at least 22 Western Hemisphere countries in Santiago. The optional stops available before Chile include Bolivia, Paraguay and Mexico, while the optional stops afterward are Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. The Alabama Department of Commerce will lead a delegation to participate in the Mexico and Chile stops, but companies are free to consider the others as well.

If you are interested in participating in the trade mission, please contact (by June 15th) Mr. Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, by email at or by phone at 334-242-0450.


Southeast U.S. Japan 39th Annual Conference (September 20-22, 2016)

Tokyo, Japan

The 39th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S. Japan and the Japan Southeast U.S. Associations will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on September 20-22, 2016. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Initiative for a Sustainable Future – Through Continuous Innovation” will highlight the changes taking place in our global economies and build on past foundations to emphasize the special relationship between the Southeast U.S. and Japan. Created in 1976, the Southeast U.S./Japan Association was established to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and U.S. member states. Today, member states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

For additional information contact Hilda Lockhart, Alabama Department of Commerce by email at or by phone at 334-242-0442.


Alabama’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Summit (October 6-7, 2016)

Mobile, Alabama

The State of Alabama will hold its 5th Annual Global Supply Chain & Logistics Summit in Mobile, Alabama on October 6-7, 2016. Hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, this Export Alabama Alliance event will provide attendees with opportunities to learn how to improve their companies’ efficiency and increase their bottom line from the experiences of executives sharing best practices. Presentations and discussions to include developments in the transportation industry, how to avoid pitfalls in the logistical process, the impact from the Panama Canal expansion on Alabama businesses and more. Tours of Alabama’s deep water port, container terminal and new intermodal container transfer facility will also be available.

For more information, visit our summit webpage or contact Christina Stimpson, Mobile Chamber of Commerce by mail at or by phone at 1-251-431-8648.