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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


April 2008



April 2–4

ISC West 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada

This show features security technology for urban and public spaces, marketplaces and commercial properties, and residences. In 2007, roughly 26,000 security professionals attended. For more information, contact Ahmed Khayyat of the USFCS, tel.: +966 (1) 488-3800, ext. 4441; e-mail:


April 3

Doing Business in Greece Webinar

This one-hour Webinar will look at best prospects for U.S. exporters in Greece and explain the basics of doing business there. There is a $35 fee to participate. For more information, contact Dusan Marinkovic of the USFCS, tel.: (317) 582-2300; e-mail:


April 3–4

Export Controls Seminar—Singapore


This seminar is designed for companies with an interest in U.S. export control laws and related regulations. It will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. For more information, contact Hawcheng Ng of the USFCS, tel.: +65 6476-9037; e-mail:


April 7–8

Access Africa Summit 2008

Lisbon, Portugal

Demand for infrastructure development, consumer goods, technology, and agricultural equipment is growing in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. This two-day seminar will focus on the trade and investment links through Portugal that can be leveraged for increased access to those countries. For more information, contact Ana Vila of the USFCS, tel.: +351 (21) 770-2532; e-mail:


April 7–13

High Point Market—Spring

High Point, North Carolina

The High Point Market, a semiannual event, is the largest trade show for the furniture and home furnishings industry. Recent shows have attracted 2,600 exhibitors from 110 countries, with a trade attendance of about 85,000 (of whom 10 percent are international buyers). For more information, contact Eugene Quinn of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0578; e-mail:


April 11–13

International Franchise Expo

Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of top franchise companies are expected at this show, which covers a vast array of industries and offers a broad range of investment levels. Six symposia will be offered on a variety of franchising topics and industry trends, such as owning a single unit, acquiring an area development venture, and operating a master license. For more information, contact Amanda Ayvaz of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0338; e-mail:


April 16–17

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Chicago, Illinois

This two-day program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods as specified in the Export Administration Regulations. Presenters will conduct a number of hands-on exercises that will prepare participants to apply the regulations to their own company’s export activities. For more information, contact Jeffrey Graber of the USFCS, tel.: (312) 353-7711; e-mail:


April 18

Export Logistics

Austin, Texas

This seminar will examine how to make arrangements to move your product into foreign markets, and it will look at required export documents and licenses. For more information, contact Karen Parker of the USFCS, tel.: (512) 916-5939; e-mail:


April 21–24

Defense Services Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This four-day show will focus on the security needs of Asian governments. It will feature products from 600 defense companies from more than 40 countries, and government guests from more than 60 countries are expected to attend. For more information, contact Desmond Cheng of the USFCS, tel.: +60 (3) 2168-4868; e-mail:

On the Horizon


May 5–8

Offshore Technology Conference 2008

Houston, Texas

This conference is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. It ranks among the largest 200 trade shows held annually in the United States. It is also among the 10 largest meetings in terms of attendance, with more than 2,000 companies from more than 110 countries participating in the exhibition. For more information, contact Pam Plagens of the USFCS, tel.: (713)-209-3106; e-mail:


May 12–16

SVIAZ/Expo Comm 2008

Moscow, Russia

This event is the leading show for telecommunications and information technology equipment manufacturers and service providers looking to meet buyers from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. A U.S. pavilion will include 50 U.S. exhibitors. About 675 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees are expected during this five-day event. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel. (202) 482-0584; e-mail:


May 31–June 4

International Pow Wow 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada

This show is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of Visit USA travel. During three days of intensive, prescheduled business appointments, international delegates will meet with targeted suppliers from more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every U.S. region and market segment. For more information, contact Juan Carlos Ruiz of the USFCS, tel.: +52 (55) 5140-2654; e-mail: