Trade Missions

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

Supporting Missouri internationally

Hawthorn members underwrite the cost of trade mission travel, and diplomatic expenses for the sitting Governor. Hawthorn also provides administrative support for the work of the Trade Office in the Department of Economic Development, including oversight of international conferences on behalf of Missouri. 

Recent successes

In FY2014, Missouri entered into a trade agreement with Quebec for $3.2 billion over the next four 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:

  • 2011 mission to China: a recreational boat manufacturer realized an increase in export sales $1-2.5 million in the following 12-month period.
  • 2013 mission to Taiwan & Korea: a lumber producer met with 14 companies and realized an increase in export sales of $120,000 in the following 12-month period.
  • 2013 mission to Europe: an aerospace parts manufacturer met with 13 companies and realized an increase in export sales of $300,000 in the following 12-month period.

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

Governor Nixon and Mike Downing, the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic, sign an MOU with a delegation from Peru.

Governor Nixon and Mike Downing, the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic, sign an MOU with a delegation from Peru.

Trade agreements (in $ Billions)

Trade agreements from trade missions in the last five years

Contact Margaret Onken for more information on participating in an upcoming trade mission.