Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Trade Group Is Going to Mexico

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Trade Group Is Going to Mexico

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Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer

Jacksonville's World Trade Center is organizing a trade mission to Veracruz, Mexico, on Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 to help area businesses make contacts with top Mexican executives and government officials.

It's Jacksonville's first trade mission to Veracruz, said Joanne Emslie-Korn, executive director of the World Trade Center of Jacksonville.

More than 6 percent of Florida's exports go to Mexico, and the trip is expected to build on that.

"I see it as a real chance for us to build some new relationships," Emslie-Korn said.

Mexico heavily imports law enforcement supplies, medical equipment and heavy construction equipment from the Jacksonville area.

The World Trade Center of Jacksonville sponsors four or five trade missions every year. The missions typically attract seven to 15 companies, Emslie-Korn said.

Earlier this year, the group sponsored a trip to Brazil. The World Trade Center is planning a trade mission to China next year, she said.

Veracruz participants will get a display booth at a four-day business expo and one-on-one appointments with Mexican business contacts. They'll also receive free admittance to the Gulf of Mexico States Accord Annual Conference.

In addition to airfare and lodging, the cost per company is $750 for one person and $300 for each additional participant. Dec. 7 is the deadline for registration. Call 366-6682 for details.

CARGO INCREASE

The amount of breakbulk cargo moving through the Jacksonville Port Authority has more than tripled since 1995, the authority has announced.

Breakbulk includes general cargo such as wood pulp, steel, frozen poultry and aluminum. It's usually moved in bales or on pallets.

This fiscal year's total of 672,165 tons is the most that the JPA has handled in at least a decade.

Jacksonville is one of the nation's major automobile ports and also has healthy container traffic. But the amount of breakbulk cargo handled by JPA also has been on the rise. …

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