City officials are forming a delegation to travel to 7 countries in 8 days by the end of the month. It’s an idea Texas A&M International University sought to make a reality about 15 years ago. Their Western Hemispheric Trade Center was initially created to look for trade connections with Central American countries. City officials agree they need to expand their trade efforts and not solely focus on trade with Mexico. "There is a lot of trade going on and goods that are being air freighted from Costa Rica, for example, and other South American countries to Florida, but the distance between Costa Rica and Miami is exactly the same as Costa Rica to Laredo." Councilman Dr. Michael Landeck told Pro 8 News. The delegation is expected to travel to 7 Central American countries in 8 days at the end of November. During their trip city officials will invite those countries to begin exporting their goods through the port of Laredo.