Dear International Business Leader,

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance on an Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia – Florida’s second largest export market.

Strong political stability, a growing middles class (35.3% of the population), and a vastly improved safety and security situation have created healthy economic growth in Colombia. Tampa Bay and Colombia share a rich history. Barranquilla, Colombia was Tampa’s first sister city, established in 1966. Colombia is also Port Tampa Bay’s fourth largest export trading partner and home to two of its sister ports in Cartagena and Barranquilla. Many of our universities and businesses have deep ties to the country.

The mission will include the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key matchmaker program – customized one-on-one meetings with potential customers or partners in Colombia.

With grants available to qualified companies to cover $1,000 of the Gold Key fee, this is an excellent opportunity for Tampa Bay companies to expand their sales to Colombia.

We look forward to having you with us!



Colombia is Florida’s second largest export market and the fourth largest economy in Latin America making it an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters.

U.S. exports to Colombia have increased 15 percent since the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which immediately eliminated import tariffs on 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial products. Due to Colombia’s close ties to the United States and Colombians’ appreciation for the quality and reliability of U.S products consumers in Colombia often favor U.S. products and services over those of foreign competitors making the United States Colombia’s largest trading partner.

Colombia’s extensive planned infrastructure projects, will require: logistics, construction equipment for public roads and airports, water treatment, water supply, electric power generation, pollution control equipment, air navigational and port security aids, railway construction, transportation equipment, security and defense items and services, and mass transit systems.

The list below is only a partial list. Products and services for all sectors will receive a formal evaluation.
Agriculture • Automotive • Defense • Education • Electric Power and Renewable • Information Technology • Infrastructure • Medical Equipment • Processed Food and Beverages • Safety and Security • Travel and Tourism • Water Treatment Systems


Aly Fernandez at, (813) 518-2668
Brent Barkway at, (727) 464-7411
Devon Barnett at, (813) 926-0827 ext. 227

Trade/Gold Key Package – July 30, 2017  • Delegate Package – August 11, 2017
No registrations or refunds will be accepted after the deadlines. 


Wednesday, September 27

  • American Airlines flight departs from Tampa
  • Casual fun “traditional-style” dinner

Thursday, September 28

  • Country commercial breakfast briefing by U.S. Embassy
  • Gold Key one-on-one matchmaking appointments
  • Welcome reception hosted by the U.S. Ambassador

Friday, September 29

  • Gold Key one-on-one matchmaking appointments
  • Networking breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional business briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota
  • Evening Free

Saturday, September 30

  • Early morning American Airlines flight to Tampa

*Subject to change


Trade/Gold Key Package

Primary Company Representative …………… $1,250*

Additional Representatives ……………………. $450 each
*Grants up to $1,000 are available to qualified companies.

Package includes:

  • Customized counseling on market entry/expansion strategy
  • Pre-screened one-on-one matchmaking appointments
  • Spanish / English Interpreter
  • Country briefing by U.S. Embassy officials
  • Admission to all mission events
  • Airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flights
  • Ground transportation to all official mission events

Upon submission of completed Gold Key registration forms, your products/services and objectives will be reviewed for market suitability by U.S. Commercial Service industry experts. Approval takes approximately 2 weeks. You will be asked to confirm your participation at the time of approval.

Delegate Package*

Each Delegate ………………..…………………… $750

Package includes:

  • Country briefing by U.S. Embassy officials
  • Admission to all “group” mission events
  • Airport transfers in country when traveling on official mission flight
  • Ground transportation to all official mission events

*The delegate package does not include matchmaking and we encourage delegates to schedule their own individual appointments during their free time.


Hilton Bogota, Colombia………………………….. $159 US*

(Includes breakfast & internet. Taxes not included.)

American Airlines RT Airfare from Tampa ………….. $751*

*Subject to change

**U.S. citizens traveling to Colombia require a valid passport