Alabama Department of Commerce

Trade Mission-Canada
4:54 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Ala. Officials Plan Trade Mission To Canada

A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week.

A trade mission led by the state with representatives from 10 companies will be heading to Canada next week.

The group will be heading to the Southeast U.S. Canada Province Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alabama's Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield says Canada is already a top destination for Alabama products and the trip is designed to capitalize on those existing ties.

Canada was Alabama's top export destination last year with shipments valued at nearly $4 billion.

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Governor - France
2:53 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Governor Bentley's Trip To Paris $88,000 To $97,000

Governor Bentley's trip industry-hunting trip to France last month is estimated to cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.

The state Department of Commerce estimates Gov. Robert Bentley's industry-hunting trip to France last month will cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.

The department says that estimate includes seven people: Bentley; his wife, Dianne; two security staff members; Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; and two other department employees. The Department of Commerce leads the state government's industrial recruitment effort.

Department spokeswoman Gerri Miller said the goal of the trip to the Paris Air Show in mid-June was to bring home jobs.

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Canada Exports
6:35 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Seminars to Promote Trade With Canada

Nearly two-thirds of the vehicles made at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance go to foreign destinations. Vehicles are Alabama's No. 1 export. Canada is Alabama's top export destination.
The Birmingham News

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Alabama Export Alliance are planning seminars April 9-10 to help companies learn more about exporting to Canada.

Department officials said the Canada is Alabama's top trading partner, with Alabama exporting $3.9 billion in goods to Canada in 2012. But they said Canada has its own unique trade customs and regulations. The seminars will be in Huntsville and Birmingham on April 9 and in Mobile on April 10. The seminars are free, but registration is requested.

Alabama Branding Initiative
6:46 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Ala. Governor to Unveil New Branding Initiative

Governor Robert Bentley is joining officials with the State Department of Commerce to unveil a new branding initiative for the state.

Gov. Robert Bentley and leaders of the Alabama Department of Commerce will unveil a new branding initiative and website aimed at assisting in recruiting new and expanding industries in the state.

The brand will be something that will turn people's attention to Alabama. The governor will unveil the new brand in a news conference at 10 a.m. today on the front steps of the Alabama Capitol.