Maine International Trade Center coordinates participation in overseas trade missions and trade shows to promote Maine’s goods and services to markets around the globe.
Each year, MITC organizes one State of Maine Trade Mission, usually led by the Governor, as well as smaller (often industry-specific) missions. Trade missions are particularly helpful for first-time exporters or companies experiencing difficulty expanding into a particular country or market. Trade Missions provide one-on-one meetings with potential foreign trade partners, as well as unique networking opportunities. MITC arranges most of the details including market briefings, business meetings, translators, and special events. In recent years, we have organized trade missions to Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
MITC coordinates participation at major industry-specific trade shows that provide exposure to international distributors and buyers. Through shared booth space and reimbursement grants to offset eligible expenses, we are able to offer a cost-effective opportunity for small- and medium-sized companies to gain valuable experience at world-class trade shows. MITC also works with companies on how to make the most of their participation before, during, and after the show. In recent years, we have coordinated shared booth space at MEDICA, European Seafood Global, and the Winter Fancy Food Show.