International Trade Calendar
Here is a selected list of international trade events of interest, including ITA-sponsored events, as well as a selection of upcoming international trade fairs. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) maintains a comprehensive listing of industry shows at www.export.gov.
ITU Telecom World 2009
The show will feature the latest innovations in information and communications technology (ICT), including mobile and satellite, broadband, and next-generation networks. It will also feature “Thematic Days” that highlight the reach and role of ICT in such areas as the digital divide, cybersecurity, climate change, and disaster relief. For more information, contact Joseph English of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3334; e-mail: email@example.com.
October 6–November 24
Export University 201
Charlotte, North Carolina
Every Tuesday morning for eight weeks, this export workshop will provide an overview of the tools needed to succeed in the global marketplace. It will feature speakers who are experts in their fields. There is a $100 fee for the series. Registration includes morning refreshments and a copy of the new edition of A Basic Guide to Exporting. For more information, contact Dan Holt of the USFCS, tel.: (704) 333-4886; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Export Basics: Cashing In with Free Trade Agreements
Free trade agreements (FTAs) can encourage new buyers and reduce exporting costs. The United States currently has 11 different regional and bilateral trade agreements in effect and 3 pending agreements. This Webinar will discuss FTA terms and definitions as well as the documentation required to take advantage of FTA benefits. For more information, contact Anthony Hill of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0681; e-mail: email@example.com.
This show covers all aspects of the auto industry, including service areas, bodywork paints, repairs, maintenance, vehicle equipment and accessories, aftersales, engineering, and tuning equipment. For more information, contact Pedro Ferreira of the USFCS, tel.: +351 (21) 770-2572; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ukrainian Business Delegation to High Point Market
High Point, North Carolina
This event is one of the largest furnishings industry trade shows in the world, attracting more than 85,000 attendees every six months. More than 2,000 exhibiting companies will display and demonstrate all aspects of home furnishings, covering all price points in the industry. For more information, contact Myroslava Myrtsalo of the USFCS, tel.: +380 (44) 490-4064; e-mail: myroslava.myrtsalo @mail.doc.gov.
U.S.-Iraq Business Investment Summit
About 500 attendees are expected at the summit, including representatives of top U.S. and international businesses and senior U.S. and Iraqi government officials. General sessions will provide keynote presentations on Iraq's current trade and promotion activities, while a matchmaking event will offer the opportunity to facilitate partnerships. There is a registration fee of $200. For more information, go to the Web site or contact the Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force at tel. (866) 352-4727; e-mail: email@example.com.
Fourth Annual International Trade Conference: Selling to the Middle East and North Africa
This all-day conference will feature a wide array of experts from business and the government who will speak on opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. The Department of Commerce, the U.S.–Saudi Arabia Business Council, the Export–Import Bank of the United States, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Procter & Gamble, FedEx, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and others will be represented. The conference will be preceded by an evening networking reception on October 21. Registration is $75. For more information, contact Marcia Brandstadt of the USFCS, tel.: (513) 684-2944; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leveraging Your Website to Increase International Sales
White Plains, New York
This seminar will examine tools and best practices for companies to more effectively market their products both locally and internationally, including search engine optimization strategies, localization versus internationalization of Web site content, international online payment options, and Internet fraud. For more information, contact Joan Kanlian of the USFCS, tel.: (914) 682-6712; e-mail: email@example.com.
The New European Regulation on Cosmetic Products
This Webinar is designed to inform U.S. exporters in the cosmetics industry of changes in the revised European Union Cosmetics Regulation and how to comply with the new rules. Darren Abrahams, an attorney with the Brussels office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Deborah Doherty of the USFCS, tel.: (717) 872-4386; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Horizon
U.S. Virtual Green Trade Mission to Italy
This mission will offer U.S. firms a cost-effective way to test the Italian market and identify potential agents and distributors. Targeted sectors include green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling. Participants can receive market exposure by including their online promotional “brochure” on the mission’s Web site. They will also receive a vetted report on the Italian companies that indicate interest in representing the participants’ products or services. For more information, contact Bill Cline of the USFCS, tel.: (775) 784-5203; e-mail: email@example.com.
Webinar: Finding International Partners
Finding qualified buyers is one of the most important tasks required to expand any business. How do you find them? How do you know you can trust them? This Webinar will show exporters how to make sound decisions and gain access to affordable government services. It will be ideal for international sales managers, business development managers, finance and credit managers, and other senior managers. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the main Portuguese companies and institutions related to the environment, water, energy, and urban planning sectors will have a presence at this show. Preshow promotion will include outreach campaigns to potential Portuguese buyers and partners alerting them to the presence of U.S. exhibitors at the show. A special business information booth will be available to assist U.S. exhibitors. For more information, contact Pedro Ferreira of the USFCS, tel.: +351 (21) 770-2572; e-mail: email@example.com.