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Trade Mission

A Trade Mission is an international trip where business executives travel together as a delegation to overseas destinations and, on occasion, are accompanied by government officials. Its aim is that Trade Mission members will meet potential buyers or agents, participate in site visits and any networking receptions. Potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners are often sourced prior to each Mission, providing delegates with the best opportunity of building profitable business relationships.


Trade Missions provide businesses with significant advantages if they are exploring the opportunity to expand their operations overseas, or wishing to trade (exporting or importing) with countries they haven’t done so previously. Trade Missions open doors and fast track companies to engage in dialogue with the right companies and just as importantly the right individuals on one trip.


Sohatoos Trade Missions are more than a Travel Management Company – we fully understand Trade Missions both from the sponsors and the delegates point of view and know how much attention to detail, hard work and planning goes in to guaranteeing a successful Mission for all parties.

Services for Delegates

In addition to the pre-arranged programme, participating in a Trade Mission will allow delegates to meet with likeminded businesses who can complement each other. Each Mission has a dedicated Mission brochure created in order to promote each delegate’s product prior to the Mission. The Sohatoos Trade Missions team are here to offer high quality, productive support that will ensure all delegates are fully confident in the success of the Mission. Delegates will benefit from the following services:


Delegates participating in a Sohatoos Trade Mission can have peace of mind knowing that we are a fully bonded travel agency. As a member partner with Englobe Travel International, we are able to offer our clients all the benefits of global buying power and global support. We are able to negotiate rates when it comes to transport and accommodation, and we are able to arrange an end-to-end service which can work around changing schedules.


VISA Advice & Procurement

The Sohatoos Trade Missions team are able to advise both delegates and sponsors on whether a visa is required when travelling to a destination. For parties that need help in the procurement of their visas, and for a number of countries who require officiating invitation letters, the Sohatoos Trade Missions team is on hand to assist.


Bespoke Itineraries

Trade Mission programmes are built around the needs of the participating delegates – all prerequisite objectives are taken into account when planning a Mission. If delegates wish to extend their stay, or choose a particular hotel or travel with a certain airline, the Sohatoos Trade Missions team are able to cater for all. We understand that to have the most successful Mission possible we need to cater towards the needs of our delegates, whilst ensuring that the Mission sponsor (for communication, logistical and security reasons) is aware of the movements of each delegate.


Dedicated Point Of Contact

At Sohatoos Trade Missions it is our personal approach that sets us apart. Our dedicated team of experienced Travel Managers will act as a point of contact for all delegates, and are always on hand to provide any information on associated Missions.


At Sohatoos Trade Missions, we fully understand and are passionate about overseas Trade Missions; we know how much attention to detail, hard work and planning goes in to ensure a successful Mission for all parties. Our expert team of consultants are here to ensure all requirements are met.


Sohatoos Trade Missions are strong in all regions of the globe:

The Middle East & Africa, Asia, Europe

Trade mission in Iran

Due to significant interest in the market and following demand from potential delegates, the Middle East Association (MEA) are arranging a further Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Iran in early 2017.

About the mission:

This multi-sector Mission will visit Tehran from early 2017

Delegates will be provided with unique networking opportunities including a vast range of introductions and high level executive meetings.

As the mission sponsor, the Middle East Association will be directing the mission programme in-country, which will include a variety of meetings and events based upon the delegate’s requirements.



Benefits of the mission:

The programme in-country will be led by the Middle East Association, who will organize a variety of group meetings and in addition a personalized programme per Mission delegate.

Mission delegates will be advised and assisted in obtaining the invitation required to obtain their Iranian business visa and are offered a specially negotiated group travel and accommodation package.



Whom is this mission for:

Members, and non-members of the Middle East Association are both invited to join this mission.

Mission participants must be British exporters of goods or services. They may be a UK registered subsidiary of a foreign company, provided they are actively contributing to the British economy.



Market information:

Given the developing commercial circumstances and international situation, this opportunity to establish connections and make business contacts should not be missed.

There is a positive outlook for UK-Iran trade relations and the UK Government fully supports expanding our trade relationship with Iran.

Iran is the second largest economy in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia with an estimated nominal GDP of $397bn in 2015. It has the second largest population in the Middle East after Egypt with around 80 million people. Over 60% are estimated to be under 30 years old and the workforce is highly educated.

EU trade with Iran currently stands at around $8bn and is expected to quadruple in the next 2 years.