Arizona Trade Talks – March 2016

With the arrival of warmer weather and Spring training in full swing I wish you a happy Easter.  I’m happy to report that Arizona continues to shine brightly as an exporting and international trade hotspot. Last year, Arizona was one of only four states that saw record high state goods exports, driven by information technologies and electronic circuits; aircraft and aircraft parts; mining; medical technologies; and special provisions – mainly a result of aircraft MRO operations (see map below). Commercial Service Arizona intends to increase that trend and we stand ready to assist AZ exporters and to make 2016 the best year for exports, yet.

This year will see the launch of a new series of international trade courses offered by the US Commercial Service in partnership with the Arizona District Export Council.  The series, titled “Export University”, will offer 100, 200 & 300 level courses throughout the state beginning in mid-August. The program will not only touch on the nuts and bolts of international sales but will also address topical and industry focused themes based on our state’s unique geography – from increasing tourism dollars in Northern Arizona to developing the photonics industry in Pima County; in supporting the infant Cyber Security industry in Sierra Vista (driven in large part by the communications and intelligence centers at Fort Huachuca) to growing the cross-border agricultural industry in Yuma. In addition, Arizona was recently selected to host Discover Global Markets 2017. Taking place in Metro Phoenix next February, the event will draw attendees from all corners of the United States and US Embassy Commercial Staff from nearly two dozen international markets. Stay tuned for more information about this unique event.

Our team of dedicated trade professionals and I look forward to working with you in 2016 and beyond to help your organization enter international markets efficiently and profitably.  If you haven’t been in contact with the US Commercial Service this year, feel free to pick up your phone and give me a call at (602) 254-2907 or on my cell at (480) 387-1364.  I look forward to hearing from you.

— Kristian Richardson, Director, US Commercial Service in Arizona