City leaders preparing for visits from Central American reps
Dec 9, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
The three city officials who visited 6 Latin American countries are raving of its success.
They say those countries are ready to do business and already have a representative from one of the countries headed here tomorrow to check out Laredo’s facilities.
Laredo's geographical location was the huge selling point, city officials say, and the fact that products from Central America can come to Laredo by air, truck, or rail has representatives from Latin America really thinking.
"They were very pleased that laredo went to them. They didn't have to come to us."
Mayor Raul Salinas, Airport Manager Jose Flores, and City Manager Carlos Villarreal say that initiative already has a representative from one of the 6 countries they visited headed here Thursday:
"It’s been a week since we were there and all of a sudden we already have the interest from the country of Guatemala, but not only Guatemala, and every single country that we went."
Promoting Laredo as a premiere port of entry in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama.
“City representatives say their trip was so successful those countries feel like they have found a jewel on the Texas-Mexico border.
“The port of Laredo is really a jewel. It is the number one inland port, the number one custom district in the nation and when we're crossing 10,000 trucks a day that says a lot about the work that we're doing, the professionalism, the efficiency and that’s what they're looking for."
According to the city manager, every country they spoke to is interested in making Laredo a distribution point for their products heading to the central region of the united states.
Texas alone has 30 million consumers of Central American products, and Laredo is hoping to be the distribution center for those products in the near future.