JEFFERSON CITY, MO – From July 23-30, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Germany and the Netherlands on their fourth international trade mission. Germany and the Netherlands are key trading partners for Missouri, with nearly $679 million and more than $223 million in exports in 2021, respectively.
In line with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the trade mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong trade capacity.
“International business is important to Missouri’s success, and we look forward to meeting with business leaders in Germany and the Netherlands to expand our opportunities,” Governor Parson said. “Germany and the Netherlands are home to world-class businesses, many of which are already growing in our state. Our goal is to strengthen these relationships while promoting Missouri as an ideal location for additional investment.
The trade mission will include stops in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, Germany, as well as Amsterdam and The Hague, the Netherlands, to meet with government officials, diplomats and business leaders to promote Missouri as a destination of choice for investment and business expansion. Governor Parson will meet with representatives of companies that have existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investments in the state and companies without a presence in Missouri to encourage them to consider Missouri for future investments.
The nearly $902 million worth of goods exported to Germany and the Netherlands in 2021 shows the importance of international trade to the economic success of the state. Among the goods exported to Germany, chemicals and pharmaceuticals were among the most in demand. Pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and other electronic components figured prominently among exports to the Netherlands.
Governor Parson will take part in meetings with executives from several prominent companies, including BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer, Bayer, a multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, German airline Lufthansa, and more.
Scheduled meetings include Norman T. Scharpf, US Consul General in Frankfurt; Pauline Kao, Consul General of the United States in Düsseldorf; Mona Neubaur, Deputy Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia; as well as several German companies already present in Missouri.
Scheduled meetings include Ms. Aleisha Woodward, Acting Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in The Hague and a business briefing from the US Embassy Netherlands Country Team. Governor Parson will also meet with several Dutch companies to discuss future growth plans.