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. 

Hawthorn has a long history of support trade missions - above is an article from Governor Bond's trip to China in 1983.

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

Recent Trade Agreements (in $ Billions)

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:

2016: Colombia & 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.

2014: 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. 

2013: 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.

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.