Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.

Know the Trade

Export-Import Bank of the United States

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Click here to find out more.

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International Chamber of Commerce Report

Click here to access the Second Annual ICCG20 Business Scorecard. The Scorecard accesses four policy areas that ICCG20 Advisory Group considers priorities for G20 attention. 


International Policy Update

View the latest international policy update from the U.S. Chamber


Daily Latin Business News

  • “In the one year since the implementation of the US-Colombia free trade agreement, bilateral trade between the two countries reached $28.5 billion – 5 percent more than the year before – and opened numerous opportunities for small and medium enterprises in both countries.  But the value of Colombian exports to the United State declined.”

  • “Mexico is the new Detroit.  That was the claim made by Spain’s El Pais this week in light of two large investments announced by foreign automakers this week.  In early May, both Japanese automaker Honda and German automaker Audi announced investment totaling nearly $2 billion in the country’s automotive manufacturing industry.”
  • “Last month Brazil and China announced an agreement to exchange $30 billion of their respective currencies to finance bilateral trade.  The mechanism aims to insure steady long-term trade ties against fluctuations in global financial terms.  Trade between Brazil and China has soared more than tenfold in less than a decade.”
  • “Peru’s minister of agriculture, Milton Von Hesse, said the country’s farm exports will double over the next 10 years to more than $8.2 billion, driven by increases in crop sizes and higher international prices.  Von Hesse said that over the next two years Peru would 120,000 hectares of new crop due to large irrigation projects on the coast.”

  • “The biggest surprise in the global IPO issuance this year has been the resurrection of the Latin American IPO market.  After raising US $6 billion last week, Latin America has jumped ahead of the Asia Pacific and European markets and is now the second highest grossing region for IPOs thus far this year.”


The Economist

“The International Monetary Fund has revised down its growth forecast for the world economy to 3.3% in 2013.  Emerging economies will once again lead the pack, growing by 5.3%.  China and India look more impressive, though both have slowed in recent years.  Rich countries will shuffle along at 1.2%, but that average will disguise a wide variance.  American’s economy will expand by 1.9%; the hapless euro area will contract by 0.3%.”


Bloomberg

“Venezuelan consumer prices soared the most in three years last month as President Nicolas Maduro’s government reduced dollar sales to importers and the central bank’s scarcity index reached the highest on record.  Prices rose 4.3 percent from March, the central bank said today, the most since April 2010 and faster than the 3 percent median estimate of nine economists in Bloomberg survey.  The annual inflation rate reached 29.4 percent, the highest since August 2010.”


Latinvex

  • “Economic activity in Brazil accelerated in the first quarter, central bank data showed on Thursday, adding to signs that a gradual recovery has gained steam after massive stimulus by President Dilma Rousseff’s government, Reuters reports.  Meanwhile, Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini says the economy should grow by 3 percent this year.”

  • “Foreign direct investment in Latin America grew 6.7 percent last year to a record $173.4 billion, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  Brazil led the way, with $65.3 billion, followed by Chile at $30.3 billion.”
  • “Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras remains Latin America’s largest company, while Mexican technology firm America Movil now ranks higher than Brazilian mining giant Vale, according to the Latinvex 500, the ranking of Latin America’s top 500 companies based on 2012 revenues.”