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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


March 2009



March 3–5

Ecobuild 2009

London, England

This event is dedicated to sustainable design, construction, and the built environment. It attracts more than 800 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, and it has more than 100 seminars and conferences. This show will provide first-mover advantages in this important construction market. For more information, contact Mark Wells of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0904; e-mail:


March 8–11

Commercial Service Trade Mission to Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia

This trade mission to Colombia offers market briefings, business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local companies, networking receptions, and site visits. The participation fee is $3,250 for large firms and $2,500 for small and medium-sized enterprises. The delegation will comprise U.S. firms from various U.S. industries with growing potential in Colombia, which is the fifth-largest market for U.S. exports in Latin America. For more information, contact Brie Knox of the USFCS, tel.: (504) 589-6703; e-mail:


March 12

Breaking into the Trade Game: Selecting the Best Markets

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This training program by the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council is designed to give business executives the skills, strategies, insights, and contacts that are necessary to expand sales globally. Exporting American products and services is rewarding for all companies that want to prosper in today’s global marketplace, and this course provides the tools necessary to succeed. For more information, contact Nicole DeSilvis of the USFCS, tel.: (215) 597-6101; e-mail:


March 18

Exporter Obligations/Export Control Update

St. Louis, Missouri

Do you know your obligations as an exporter? Are you aware of the latest export control developments? This Web-based seminar will outline the exporter’s responsibilities for transactions, filing, and recordkeeping. It will give tips on export compliance programs and ways to create an export compliance manual. It will also cover the latest export control developments and discuss how they affect transactions. For more information, contact Kristi Wiggins of the USFCS, tel.: (314) 425-3345; e-mail:


March 18–20

Convergence India 2009

New Delhi, India

This show offers a unique platform for companies interested in India’s surging market in the telecommunication, mobility, broadcast, cable, satellite, information technology, and information security sectors. India invites foreign investment, encourages joint ventures, and has reduced its import tariffs, thus offering excellent potential for U.S. companies and service providers eager to expand their export activities. For more information, contact Deborah Semb of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0677; e-mail:


March 20–22

International Franchise Show

Washington, D.C.

This exposition is the largest and most important annual trade show in the world for franchising. It features more than 300 franchise exhibitors, with investments ranging from $5,000 to $1 million. Attendees have the opportunity to meet face to face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors and to attend free seminars and other symposia sessions from the world’s leading franchise experts. For more information, contact Mark Wells of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0904; e-mail:


March 26

Selling Medical Equipment in Brazil Webinar

São Paulo, Brazil

Does medical equipment have potential in Brazil? How does a product get registered in Brazil? Can an in-country distributor help with the regulatory approval process? What are other companies doing to be successful in Brazil? This Webinar will answer those questions by providing a highly focused, interactive experience in a virtual classroom setting. The Webinar covers distribution, marketing, and regulatory issues related to selling medical equipment in Brazil. For more information, contact Gabriela Zelaya of the USFCS, tel.: (408) 535-2757, ext. 107; e-mail:


March 27–29

Medical Fair India 2009

New Delhi, India

This event showcases a wide range of the latest medical technology and products. Products include electromedical equipment and technology, laboratory equipment, rescue and emergency equipment, diagnostics chemistry technology, physiotherapy and orthopedic technology, commodities and consumer goods for surgeries and hospitals, communication and information technology, medical furniture, and other equipment. For more information, contact Srimoti Mukherji of the USFCS, tel.: +91 (11) 2331-6841 (through 49), ext. 2226; e-mail:


March 30–April 4

Environmental and Clean Energy Technologies Trade Mission to Europe

Zagreb, Croatia; Milan, Italy; Athens, Greece

This trade mission to Croatia, Italy, and Greece is a timely and cost-effective way to tap into fast-growing sectors with a strong affinity for U.S. products and services. The mission includes one-on-one business matchmaking appointments, meetings, and networking at the EcoTec Environmental Trade Show in Athens. Also included is a bonus day in Athens to follow up on leads and to take advantage of counseling at the trade show. For more information, contact Jessica Arnold of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2026; e-mail:


On the Horizon


April 1–3

CTIA Wireless 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada

This event is the No. 1 ranked wireless show in North America, and it represents the fastest-growing, most dynamic segments of the telecommunication industry: wireless communications, the Internet, computing, and mobile data. Every year, this show draws more than 35,000 qualified worldwide attendees, including 900 exhibitors that occupy more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space. For more information, contact Vidya Kori of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2311; e-mail:


April 16–19

China International Boat Show

Shanghai, China

This annual event is organized by China Boat Industry & Trade Association and Shanghai SMP Sino Expo International Exhibition Co., Ltd., and represents the entire manufacturing chain of the boating industry, from basic materials to ready-to-sail luxury boats. The show presents significant opportunities for U.S. exporters of pleasure boats, accessories, marina planning and construction materials. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0584; e-mail:


April 18–23

National Association of Broadcasters 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada

This event provides the world’s largest and most comprehensive gathering of television, radio, film, video, audio, and multimedia professionals. Product categories include audio editing; production and recording; cameras and lenses; film and tape; editing and special effects; graphics and animation; and news, weather, and traffic services. The educational program will present thought-provoking, forward-thinking concepts. This show offers more than 550 hands-on, interactive learning sessions. For more information, contact Jennifer Harrington of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0595; e-mail: