BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association (ACA) will host a two-day trade mission to Costa Rica next year as part of a Department of Commerce-driven export development program.
The mission, part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the U.S. Department of Commerce gave the ACA to support export promotion projects in Latin America, will take place May 21-22, 2018, the association said.
The Costa Rica trade mission is a business development opportunity designed to assist U.S. companies in the automotive industry with gaining first-hand market information and meeting with potential clients and partners in Costa Rica, according to the ACA.
Why Costa Rica? The ACA said the country's “proximity to the U.S. is a major opportunity for U.S. exporters. With ports of entry on both coasts, U.S. exporters from the West, Gulf and East Coasts can have products in Costa Rica in less than a week and can easily travel to meet with sales representatives, distributors or end clients within the same day.”
The U.S. is Costa Rica's main trading partner, the ACA added, accounting for about 47 percent of Costa Rica's total imports.