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The Trade Alliance is a free resource available to companies within the Greater Albuquerque Area who are have specific questions regarding their international business development initiatives.  The Trade Alliance serves as a clearinghouse to:

  • Find resources and more information related to specific foreign markets

  • Find and refer international business service providers such as customs brokers, international business attorneys, market researchers, etc. 

  • Aid in company expansion projects eligible for local and state economic development incentives, access to Albuquerque's Foreign Trade Zone, or other specific growth needs 


The Trade Alliance will lead a minimum of two international trade missions a year.  Markets will be selected based upon demand from local industry.  There is no fee to participate on official Trade Alliance missions.  International trade missions are a great way for companies of all levels of international business experience to explore foreign market opportunities. Benefits of participating on an official Trade Alliance Mission include:

  • A prearranged travel itinerary and business agenda

  • Language assistance

  • Added credibility under the umbrella of an official government trade mission led by a U.S. Elected Official

  • Ground transportation while abroad

  • Government lodging rates

  • Detailed market overviews/presentations

  • Pre-qualified international business matchmaking through the Trade Alliance and foreign partners

To learn about upcoming International Trade Missions please return to the HOME page to review Trade Alliance news and announcements. 


​The Trade Alliance is constantly working to develop contacts and partnerships in promising foreign markets.  Through these contacts and partnerships International Business Seminars are offered throughout the year.  Seminars are provided in presentation or online/webinar formats and provide participants:

  • Market specific overviews provided by experts from the featured market

  • Question and Answer sessions to address their company's specific situation and needs

  • An opportunity to meet local international business service providers who can assist their company with its efforts in the featured market


​​The NMTA has the authority as a 501c6 trade organization to issue export documentation for companies. Export documentation such as Certificates of Free Sale and Certificate of Origin may be requested by a prospective international buyer. Our experienced trade staff can provide companies with the necessary certifications to finalize an order.

Note: We issue certificates only to companies whose commercial activity is developed within the State of New Mexico.

Certificate of Free Sale

​The Certificate of Free Sale (CFS) is a document required by most of host countries at the moment of the import process for all goods. This document states that the manufactured products are freely and legally distributed or sold within the United States, without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities.

Note: For products that are under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we cannot issue a Certificate of Free Sale. It is necessary that you contact the FDA directly so they can issue the required certificate.

Certificate of Origin

​The Certificate of Origin (CO) is required by some countries for all or only certain products. A Certificate of Origin is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The exporter should verify whether a CO is required with the buyer and/or an experienced shipper/freight forwarder. A Certificate of Origin may be required from the exporter when exporting to countries with which the U.S. has:


  • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

  • Other Free Trade Agreements (FTA)


Other Specialized Certificates

​Some countries might request U.S. companies to provide other specialized certificates that were not mentioned above. If you are in this situation, contact us and we will assess it on a case-by-case basis. 

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