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International Trade Calendar

November 2007

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

November 1–5

Index 2007

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Manufacturers of furniture and interior-related products should consider participating in this event because there is a huge demand for those products throughout the Middle East. In 2006, this show attracted 1,575 companies and 36,994 visitors. Manufacturers of products with U.S. content that represents 51 percent of the value of the finished goods can participate in the U.S. pavilion. For more information, contact Mary Lynn Landgraf of the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), tel.: (202) 482-7909; e-mail:


November 7–10

Defense and Security 2007

Bangkok, Thailand

Defense and Security 2007 is held every two years and attracts military procurement officials. This year’s event will provide U.S. manufacturers with exceptional opportunities for sales and networking with Asia’s top military decision-makers. In 2005, the show attracted exhibitors from 25 countries. The USFCS Bangkok office is coordinating its support with the show organizer, and staff members will offer market-entry counseling and more. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0584; e-mail:


November 7–9

FIBCA 2007

Lima, Peru

With Peru’s recent elimination of tariffs on capital goods, FIBCA (Feria Internacional de Bienes Capital) 2007 will be an excellent opportunity for U.S. manufacturers to make sales. There is an active Export–Import Bank program in Peru that can help finance purchases of capital equipment, and the bank plans to run seminars concurrently with the fair. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0584; e-mail:


November 8

Using Finance as an Export Marketing Tool

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This three-hour morning program is designed to assist exporters interested in learning more about the variety of trade finance tools available through the federal government and partnering private lenders. Speakers will include representatives of the Export–Import Bank, Small Business Administration, and UPS. For more information, contact Justin Oslowski of the USFCS, tel.: (603) 433-0505; e-mail:


November 8–9

Franchising China 2007

Shanghai, China

Retail spending and tourism are forecast to reach record levels as China hosts the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Those events are also expected to contribute to the rapid growth in China’s franchise market. Exhibitors at this two-day show will come from the food, education, training, business services, and other franchise industry sectors. For more information, contact Graylin Presbury of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-5158; e-mail:


November 11–15

Dubai Airshow

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Commerce Department has organized a Product Literature Center for this show. Participating companies will have their brochures on display in a staffed booth. Visitors will be asked to fill out an information sheet, and the resulting sales leads will be forwarded to the participating companies. The deadline has passed for participation in this event. For more information on future such events, contact Diane Mooney of the USFCS, tel.: (206) 553-5615, ext. 236; e-mail:


November 14–15

Telemobility Forum 2007

Milan, Italy

Telemobility Forum 2007 is Italy’s most important event devoted to satellite navigation, location-based services, and telematics. Those technologies are rapidly expanding in Italy, and excellent opportunities exist for U.S. companies offering innovative products and services. The event will include specialized conferences and exhibits. For more information, contact Nicoletta Postiglione of the USFCS, tel.: +39 (02) 02-6268-851; e-mail:


November 14–17


Düsseldorf, Germany

MEDICA is the world’s largest medical trade fair. OTEXA will be sponsoring a U.S. business information office at the show, with the participation of up to 10 qualified U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of medical textiles and related products. For more information, contact Laurie Mease of OTEXA, tel.: (202) 482-2043; e-mail:


November 29–December 1

Maroc Sourcing

Casablanca, Morocco

About 250 exhibitors are expected at this show, which is targeted at international suppliers of fabrics, accessories, and finishing materials for the textile and apparel industries. OTEXA is organizing a U.S. pavilion at this show and will arrange matchmaking appointments for U.S. sellers. For more information, contact Kim Bang Nguyen of OTEXA, tel.: (202) 482-4805; e-mail:




December 5

CAFTA-DR Competitiveness Forum: Tools of Trade and Finance

Exton, Pennsylvania

The U.S.–Central America–Dominican Republic free trade agreement (CAFTA-DR) opens many opportunities for U.S. businesses. This four-hour morning seminar, sponsored by the USFCS and M&T Bank, will look at strategies that are essential to business success in the region. Regional trade experts and financial advisers will also be on site to answer questions from attendees. For more information, contact Robert McEntire of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4493; e-mail:


December 7

BIS Essentials of Export Controls

Austin, Texas

This program is an intensive, one-day event that covers the key information that exporters need to know to comply with the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Counselors and other professionals from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will cover the major elements of the U.S. export control system for commercial exports. This fast-paced program is ideal for those with busy schedules. For more information, contact Karen Parker of the USFCS, tel.: (512) 916-5939; e-mail:


December 11–13

Power-Gen 2007

New Orleans, LA


This show is the electric power generation industry’s largest event of its kind in the United States. It will feature a multitrack conference program and a curriculum of preconference courses. The world’s largest power exhibition will be held concurrently with the conference and will showcase thousands of products, technologies, and services. For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-6434; e-mail: