For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014
Contact: Mary Trupo (202) 482-3809
U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program Selects 2015 Trade Shows
Program aims to boost foreign buyer attendance at U.S. trade shows, helping create jobs and grow U.S. exports
WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig today announced that 24 trade shows have been selected for the International Trade Administration’s 2015 International Buyer Program (IBP). The IBP recruits thousands of pre-screened foreign buyers, sales representatives, and business owners to attend U.S. trade shows each year, providing U.S. companies with excellent opportunities to expand their global sales..
“The IBP is one means by which the International Trade Administration expands and deepens efforts to create an export-oriented business culture across our nation, and saves U.S. businesses valuable time and resources in their pursuit of global opportunities,” said Under Secretary Selig. “In 2013, the United States exported a record $2.3 trillion in goods and services, and exports continue to be the engine of our economic growth. The IBP is one more example of how the Commerce Department is working for America by giving businesses powerful tools to help them compete globally.”
The selected shows cover a variety of manufacturing and service sectors such as franchising, information technology, energy, agribusiness, packaging, consumer goods, media, and medical equipment. On average, the IBP facilitates millions of dollars in new U.S. export sales each year. Last year, the IBP recruited more than 11,500 representatives from companies around the globe.
The International Trade Administration hosts an International Trade Center at each IBP show where foreign buyers can obtain assistance in identifying potential business partners, and meet with U.S. companies to negotiate and close deals. U.S. exhibitors can take advantage of interpreter services and face-to-face export counseling from overseas U.S. Commercial Service representatives, who usually accompany the visiting delegations from countries worldwide. Foreign buyers and U.S. exhibitors frequently take advantage of online business matchmaking services to connect and schedule meetings prior to the show.
Below is the complete list of selected shows for the 2015 IBP:
- 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show – January 6-9 – Las Vegas
- NAHB International Builders’ Show 2015 – January 20-22 – Las Vegas
- Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show and Conference – January 20-23 – Las Vegas
- International Production & Processing Expo – January 27-29 – Atlanta
- DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition – February 3-5 – San Diego
- World of Concrete 2015 – February 3-6 – Las Vegas
- Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show – February 12-16 – Miami
- Natural Products Expo West/Engredea 2015 – March 6-8 – Anaheim, Calif.
- International Home + Housewares Show 2015 – March 7–10 – Chicago
- NPE 2015 - The International Plastics Showcase – March 23-27 – Orlando, Fla.
- The 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Show – April 13-16 – Las Vegas
- 2015 Offshore Technology Conference – May 4–7 – Houston
- National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show 2015 – May 16-19 – Chicago
- WasteExpo 2015 – June 1-4 – Las Vegas
- InfoComm International 2015 – June 17-19 – Orlando, Fla.
- 2015 International Franchise Expo – June 18-20 – New York
- Fancy Food Show (Summer) 2015 – June 28-30 – New York
- 2015 American Association of Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo – July 26-30 – Atlanta
- Outdoor Retailer Summer Market – August 5-8 – Salt Lake City
- WEFTEC Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference 2015 – September 26-30 – Chicago
- ASIS 2015 International 61st Annual Seminar & Exhibits – September 28-30 – Anaheim, Calif.
- PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 – September 28-30 – Las Vegas
- Greater New York Dental Meeting – November 27-December 2 – New York
- POWER-GEN International – December 8-10 – Las Vegas
For more information about the IBP, please visit www.export.gov/ibp.
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