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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


February 2009



February 3–6

World of Concrete

Las Vegas, Nevada

This annual international event is the only one dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. More than 1,700 exhibitors will showcase the industry’s most innovative products, technologies, tools, and equipment. This show also offers more than 150 seminars that cover everything from concrete basics and decorative concrete to green building and best management practices. This event is the place to be for new opportunities in the commercial construction industry. For more information, contact Graylin Presbury of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-482-5158; e-mail:


February 5–8

World of Industry 2009

Istanbul, Turkey

This show offers a complete range of products and services, from machine and precision tools to automation components and customized systems. The show offers an opportunity to network with potential clients and see the latest products and trends in machinery, welding, surface treatment, and materials handling. For more information, contact Sam Dhir of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4756; e-mail:


February 5–10

International Toy Fair 2009

Nuremberg, Germany

This annual gathering is the world’s largest and most influential exhibition of toys, hobbies, and leisure-time activities. At the 60th anniversary in 2009, more than 2,700 exhibitors from 110 countries will present more than 70,000 new products to an expected 80,000 visitors. Overall, more than 1 million products will be showcased in 10 product groups. For more information, contact Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach of the USFSC, tel.: +49 (89) 2888-769; e-mail:


February 11

Incoterms 2000—Transportation Obligations, Costs, and Risks

St. Louis, Missouri

This Web-based seminar will define seller–buyer responsibilities, costs, and risks used in international selling. Do you properly use Incoterms? This seminar will profile all 13 Incoterms with an emphasis on minimizing costs and risks as an exporter. For more information, contact Kristi Wiggins of the USFCS, tel.: (314) 425-3345; e-mail:


February 14–19

Women and Minority Business Mission

Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt

This trade mission will focus on women and minority-owned firms and will promote U.S. equipment and services in the following sectors: aerospace, automotive, education and training, energy and power generation, medical, oil and gas field machinery, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and more. Benefits include market briefings; high-level networking receptions; and one-on-one business appointments with prospective importers, agents, and distributors. For more information, contact Nyamusi Igambi of the USFCS, tel.: (713) 209-3112; e-mail:


February 19–22

Education and Careers Expo 2009

Hong Kong

This annual event is an international forum for educational institutions, commercial organizations, government bodies, and professional associations. Those organizations will disseminate the most up-to-date information on education and career opportunities to students and the working public of Hong Kong. For more information, contact Deborah Semb of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0677; e-mail:


February 22–26

IDEX 2009—U.S. Pavilion

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This show is one of the three largest land and naval defense exhibitions in the world. It offers companies a premier event to showcase products before the top decision-makers in the Gulf States and the Middle East. The U.S. pavilion will help open doors to the Middle East’s important defense market. For more information, contact Deborah Semb of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0677; e-mail:


February 24–26

Expo Comm Mexico 2009

Mexico City, Mexico

This show is the largest telecommunications trade fair in Latin America. It is the place for U.S. telecommunication and technology companies to showcase their latest and most successful innovations and solutions, including satellite technologies, information processing–based tools, WiFi solutions, and various applications for mobile telephony and mobile portals in Latin America. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0584; e-mail:


February 26–28

Graphics of America

Miami Beach, Florida

This show is the premier provider of educational products and programs for the printing and publishing industry. This event promises to be an international showcase for knowledge products and technology. Participants will gain valuable insight into production efficiencies and techniques that will save time and money. For more information, contact Helen Simpson-Davis of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-1882; e-mail:


On the Horizon


March 1–6

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 18

Exporter Obligations/Export Control Update

St. Louis, Missouri

Do you know your obligations as an exporter? Are you aware of the latest export controls? 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 controls and how they affect transactions. For more information, contact Kristi Wiggins of the USFCS, tel.: (314) 425-3345; 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: