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Upcoming Trade Missions & Export Opportunities


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

September 11-14, 2023

The Pasco Economic Development Council and Global Tampa Bay (GTB) invites Pasco-based manufactures and professional service providers to attend the Trade Mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic (DR) is Florida’s fifth largest export market, making this an excellent market for Tampa Bay Exporters. 

U.S. products and services have a high reputation for quality, and due to the CAFTA-DR trade agreement, have a significant advantage over foreign competitors. Consumer attitudes, brand preferences, and buying patterns mimic those in the U.S., and many major U.S. franchises are present in the country. The U.S. is by far the Dominican Republic’s largest trading partner, and the U.S.’s share of the consumer goods imported into the DR is estimated at 70 percent of the total. U.S. product standards are generally accepted. 

Global Tampa Bay will be working with the U.S. Commercial Service and its qualified partners to coordinate the one-on-one matchmaking meetings for Pasco participating companies with potential buyers, distributors, and representatives from the  Dominican Republic. 

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The Dominican Republic’s most promising sectors for U.S. exporters include: 

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment 

  • Automobile Parts and Services 

  • Agricultural Products  

  • Building Products 

  • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment 

  • Medical Equipment 

  • Printing and Graphic Arts Equipment and Supplies 

  • Renewable Energy 

  • Safety and Security Equipment and Supplies 

  • Telecommunications Equipment 

This is only a partial list. All sectors will receive a formal evaluation. 

Gold Key Grants Available 

Enterprise Florida is offering Gold Key Grants to qualified companies that will pay for 100% of the registration fee for the first company representative. 

STEP Grants Available 

STEP helps small businesses overcome obstacles to exporting by providing grants to cover costs associated with entering and expanding into international markets including costs associated with participation in export trade missions. 

For more information, please contact: 

Turner Arbour | 813-536-9834 | 


“The Pasco EDC was fantastic to work with on the trade mission to Germany. They developed a very detailed plan for the entire mission that made it easy to prepare for the trip and the daily itinerary kept us on track to maximize the business opportunities of the mission. We made some wonderful connections that I'm sure will serve us well into the future.”
— Andrew McCutchen, CEO, Baymar Solutions

Upcoming Trade Missions
Turner Arbour
Senior Economic Development Manager

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Telephone: 813-536-9834

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