Trade Missions

Supporting Missouri Internationally

Hawthorn members support trade mission travel, and diplomatic expenses. Hawthorn also provides administrative support for the work of the Trade Office in the Department of Economic Development, including recruitment of businesses into the trade mission program and oversight of international conferences on behalf of Missouri. 


Recent Successes

In FY2016, Missouri entered into trade agreements with Colombia and Peru totalling more than $1billion over the next five years. Hawthorn has also supported the Governor on numerous trade missions and most recently to Europe and Canada, which have resulted in over $1.4 million in sales orders by participating companies. Below are some examples of the companies that yielded successful results over the last few years:

  • 2013 mission to Taiwan & Korea: A lumber producer met with 14 prospective partners, signed 3 distributor contracts and realized an increase in export sales of $120,000 in the following 12-month period. See the photos.
  • 2014 mission to Canada: A manufacturer of processed foods met with 22 companies, signed with 1 distributor and realized an increase in export sales of $400,000 in the following 12-month period. 
  • 2016 mission to Colombia and Peru: A manufacturer of gaseous nitrogen generators met with 11 companies, signed agreements with 4 buyers and realized an increase in export sales of $1.5 million in the following 12-month period. See the photos.
Trade agreements from trade missions in the last five years

Trade agreements from trade missions in the last five years

Working with DED and the team on the ground was amazing. I had no idea how much work went into my trip. That I could meet with industry leaders to get my product in front of them was unbelievable. Even this morning, I had another inquiry from those contacts for a significant order.
— Thorstein Holt, CEO, Holtec Gas Systems, LLC

Locations Around the Globe

The Missouri Partnership and the Missouri Department of Economic Development work together to represent the state and our businesses with International Trade & Investment Offices around the world--find a complete location list here

Contact Hawthorn Foundation for more information on participating in an upcoming trade mission.