Alabama economic development officials will be taking part in a virtual trade mission to Israel in May as a prelude to an in-person visit later this year in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance will host the virtual event May 10 through 12.
Exports to Israel from Alabama totaled $49 million last year, an increase of nearly 27% from 2019. Target sectors for U.S. exports to Israel include security, healthcare, information and communication technologies, as well as defense. The United States is Israel’s single largest trading partner, and Israel is the second-largest trading partner for the U.S. in the Middle East.
The state’s commerce department said Alabama companies already exporting to Israel in addition to those looking to get started in this market are welcome to apply. The virtual trade mission is not meant to replace the in-person trade mission to Israel, but to better prepare companies for it. Participating companies will get a chance to meet with potential business partners on one-on-one business matchmaking meetings in a virtual setting.
“At a time when businesses face continued challenges globally and domestically, we are looking to deepen and strengthen ties with our long-term ally, Israel, which is a logical choice for a virtual trade mission,” Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said.
For more information on the virtual trade mission, contact Beau Lore at the Alabama Department of Commerce, Beau.Lore@commerce.alabama.gov or 334-324-7525.