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Inauguration of U.S. Commercial Service Trade Information Center in Mumbai

February 23, 2012

Mumbai -- The U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco J. Sánchez, officially inaugurated the new U.S. Commercial Service Trade Information Center at the American Consulate General in Mumbai.  Under Secretary Sánchez noted that this new center was created so that Indian companies can come in to learn about the trade promotion resources offered by the U.S. government, such as the services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Export Import Bank, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the new SelectUSA initiative.  Indian companies can meet with the Commercial Service staff members located at the Consulate to learn about programs such as the International Buyers Program and to learn about connecting with U.S. suppliers.  U.S. companies can visit the center to learn about the programs offered by the Commercial Service in India, such as the Gold Key matchmaking program, trade missions, and market research.

The U.S. Commercial Service is a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA).  ITA is at the forefront of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, an Executive Order signed in 2009 which aims to double U.S. exports by 2014.  Bilateral trade between the U.S. and India was nearly $58 billion in 2011, and resources provided at this new center will help to grow our trade relationship.

Under Secretary Sánchez is in Mumbai leading the first-ever Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission to India.  Twelve U.S. ports and maritime companies are accompanying him on the mission, with the goal finding Indian partners to help them participate in India’s various port expansion projects.