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 http://www.export.gov.
Export Basics: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights
Protecting ideas, brands, inventions, and business methods in international markets is an important consideration before making a first sale. This Webinar will review the legal and practical framework for ensuring an exporter’s rights in those areas. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail: email@example.com.
Minnesota Mission to South America
São Paulo, Brazil
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will lead this delegation of Minnesota business leaders. The group will visit two of the most promising emerging markets in South America—Brazil and Chile. For more information, contact Valerie Henderson of the USFCS, tel.: +56 (2) 330-3316; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This show is for electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, architectural and engineering firms, waste-to-energy plant operators, financial and legal firms, cogenerators, self-generators, and other suppliers in the power generation sector. More than 18,000 trade visitors are expected to attend. For more information, contact Amanda Ayvaz of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0338; e-mail: email@example.com.
Webinar: International Commercialization and Intellectual Property
This Webinar will highlight the various USFCS products and services offered at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, which is scheduled for January 7–10, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Topics will include intellectual property rights, risks in legal contracts, and business models for international distribution. For more information, contact Linda Abbruzzese of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-1086; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Special Exhibitors and Visitors Program at Bright Green (United Nations Climate Change Summit)
This show will take place during the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It will be an excellent opportunity for U.S. companies to show how renewable energy and clean-technology industries are providing practical solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Participating U.S. companies and organizations will be offered special networking and marketing opportunities in connection with Bright Green and the United Nations summit. For more information, contact Maria Norsk of the USFCS, tel. +45 3341-7315; e-mail: email@example.com.
This show will feature health care technology professionals from more than 20 countries who represent more than 120 companies. They will be showing the latest health care technology, including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, nursing services, telemedicine, and health care information systems. For more information, contact Anissa Lahreche of the USFCS, tel.: (974) 488-4101, ext. 6040; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cosmetics and Toiletries Catalog Show
This show will offer a rare chance to showcase U.S. cosmetic products, technologies, and services directly to Egyptian distributors and customers. With a population of almost 80 million, Egypt is not only the largest market in the region, but also a gateway to other markets in Africa and the Middle East. Target sectors include cosmetics and perfumes, hair products and equipment, skin products, nail products, and toiletries. Participating companies will benefit from contact lists and follow-up by trade specialists after the show. For more information, contact Hanzada Farid of the USFCS, tel.: +20 (2) 2797-2340; e-mail: email@example.com.
Webinar: U.S. Business Opportunities in Senegal and South Africa
Senegal and South Africa are major gateways to Africa. They possess well-developed infrastructure and access to credit through a number of lending agencies. Webinar participants will hear about trade promotion services offered by the regional USFCS office. They will also hear details about a Department of Commerce trade mission to Dakar, Senegal, and Johannesburg, South Africa, which is scheduled for March 7–12, 2010. For more information, contact Karen Dubin of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3786; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 24–January 3
Doha International Book Fair 2009
This show is one of the largest and most visited book fairs in the Middle East. Last year, it attracted about 10,000 trade visitors. A USFCS booth represented 56 U.S. publishers and resulted in more than 300 trade leads, with four signed distributorship agreements. This year, a booth will again display product literature and offer a directory of participating U.S. publishers. For more information, contact Anissa Lahreche of the USFCS, tel.: (974) 488-4101, ext. 6040; e-mail: email@example.com.
On the Horizon
International Consumer Electronics Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
This event is the world’s largest trade show for consumer technology. This year, it is expected to have more than 2,000 exhibitors, who will be showcasing 20,000 products spanning 30 different categories. The show will feature on-site international business centers, which offer private meeting rooms, Internet stations, a lounge area, and registration assistance. In addition, representatives from the Department of Commerce will be available to assist U.S. companies with any export-related questions and to help match U.S. sellers with international buyers. For more information, contact Vidya Desai of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2311; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messe Frankfurt, Germany
This show will feature an extensive international range of home textile and industry service products. The USFCS in Frankfurt is supporting U.S. firms visiting or exhibiting at the show by conducting a promotional campaign in Germany and around the world. It will also be providing information to U.S. exhibitors on intellectual property rights. For more information, contact Catherine Mayer of the USFCS, tel.: +49 (69) 7535-3159; e-mail: email@example.com.
Webinar: Exporting to Central America
Wheeling, West Virginia
This Webinar will gather experts from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to discuss the many opportunities available in Central America. The region purchased $24 billion of U.S. goods in 2008, and it offers many advantages for companies doing business there, including relatively low tariffs, few import restrictions, and standards in line with those of the United States. For more information, contact Leslie Drake of the USFCS, tel.: (304) 347-5123; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.