International Trade



The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers has postponed the South Korea and Japan Trade Mission until August 17, 2020.


South Korea and Japan: August 17-21, 2020. 

In December 2018, GSGP State and Provincial Trade Directors' met in Chicago to discuss best practices in Trade and Investment and continued regional collaboration.

In November, 2018 GSGP led a delegation of 8 Great Lakes companies from Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania to identify opportunities in Mexico's growing aerospace sector.  The mission was coordinated with FEMIA (the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry).  Over 110 b2b meetings were held. The group also visited Bombardier, Folkner, Mexicana MRO, Zodiac Aerospace and Honeywell Aerospace.


The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers recently celebrated the opening of three new international trade offices in the Arab Gulf, South East Asia and South Korea. The trade offices located in Dubai, Singapore and Seoul will assist small and medium enterprises from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region to export and grow business to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. The Conference’s trade offices provide a scope of services tailored for each participating member’s needs including agent distributor searches, matchmaking, trade events, investment activities, referrals, extensive databases of trade contacts, development of trade leads, business appointment assistance and trade missions. The addition of the three new offices grows the Conference’s network to thirteen trade offices providing global market access to 91 countries on six continents.

The Conference led successful trade missions to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Tanzania in FY 2018-2019. Over 280 appointments were set up for participants by the GSGP Trade Offices.


Mission delegates, shown below, benefited from a networking reception at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

GSGP Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Brazil Trade Directors

In December 2018, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers celebrated Claudia Maria Tomaselli and Vania Zulatto's 20th anniversary with the GSGP Brazil Trade Office.  Vania and Claudia have provided a crucial leadership role in the trade promotion efforts for small and medium sized companies from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and provided valuable resources and support to exporters to enter and navigate the Brazilian market.  We thank them for all their efforts.

In February 2017, 11 companies from New York, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania participated in the Conference's trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam.

In November 2016, the Conference led a successful trade mission to Poland and Romania. The mission delegation is seen here with U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klem.

Conference Recognized for International Trade Efforts

On April 8, 2016, the Conference of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers received the prestigious National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Advancing International Trade Award at the organization’s annual conference in Newport, Rhode Island.  The award recognizes the dedication and service of those who are advancing international trade in each State in the U.S. as well as Canada and Mexico.

The Conference's Zoë Munro and David Naftzger accepting the NASBITE Advancing International Trade Award with representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


Conference Opens Germany and U.K. Trade Offices

The Conference opened two new trade offices on April 1, 2015 to cover Europe.  The offices, strategically located in Berlin and London, will promote exports from the Great Lakes region, and assist companies to find customers and business opportunities in Belgium, Central Europe, Denmark, France, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Southern Europe, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The European Union’s single market of over 500 million consumers allows free movement of people, goods services and capital between the 28 EU member countries.  In 2014, U.S. trade with Europe totaled nearly $350 billion.


 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder at the opening of the Conference's Germany Trade Office


Governors and Premiers Strategize to Attract Foreign Manufacturing Investment

In April 2014, the Governors and Premiers partnered with The Paulson Institute to strategize how to attract foreign direct investment in regional manufacturing.  


Governors and Premiers Work to Spur U.S.-Canada Trade

In June 2013, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers adopted a "U.S.-Canada Trade" resolution and agreed " work together, in a spirit of reciprocity, toward facilitating the adoption of open procurement policies within our region, such as Neighboring State agreements, and ultimately between our two countries, with the understanding that these initiatives would enhance the competitiveness of our regional economy."

View a copy of the resolution.