---- — BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is heading off on another trade mission.
The governor is planning to lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on a weeklong trip to Panama City and Mexico City.
The trip begins today with a briefing from representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Panama.
Patrick says the goal is to strengthen trade relationships and build new ones between Massachusetts and the two countries.
In 2013, Mexico was Massachusetts’ third ranked import partner. Panama is a considerably smaller market, ranking just 84 among Massachusetts’ import partners last year.
Among those accompanying Patrick are Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Massport CEO Thomas Glynn.
Patrick is becoming one of the state’s most-traveled governors.