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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 2010

March 2–4

Embedded World and Conferences 2010

Nuremberg, Germany

For U.S. companies in the embedded technology sector, this conference is considered one of the world’s most important events. In 2009 it attracted more than 700 exhibitors and close to 16,000 visitors. For more information, contact Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach of the USFCS, tel.: +49 89-2888-769; e-mail:


March 3

Webinar: Are You Getting the Most out of International Trade Shows?

St. Louis, Missouri

Cosponsored by PNC Bank, this Webinar will examine such topics as the differences between domestic and international trade show spaces; strategies to employ before, during, and after a show; and the necessary set-up steps to follow when exhibiting products and services. For more information, contact Kristi Wiggins of the USFCS, tel.: (314) 425-3345; e-mail:


March 3

The Americas Business Forum

Los Angeles, California

Building on the success of The Americas Business Forum held in May 2009, this year’s event will include country briefings and best-practice workshops, lectures by accomplished international executives and prominent scholars, and one-on-one meetings with U.S. commercial officers stationed in 14 countries throughout the region. For more information, contact Julieanne Hennessy of the USEAC, tel.: (310) 235-7206; e-mail:


March 7–12

Trade Mission to Senegal and South Africa

Dakar, Senegal, and Johannesburg, South Africa

This trade mission will introduce U.S. product and service providers to potential representatives, distributors, and joint venture partners in two key African markets. It is expected that an assistant secretary or other Commerce Department official of comparable rank will lead the mission. It is open to U.S. firms in a range of sectors, including (but not limited to) electric power, automotive parts, construction and mining equipment, agribusiness, and clean technologies. For more information, contact George Litman of the USFCS, tel. (202) 482-1209; e-mail:


March 10

How to Identify International Markets for Your Products and Services

Washington, D.C.

This Webinar will focus on identifying the best international markets for particular products and services. Special attention will be given to assessing cultural, economic, logistical, competitive, risk, and other factors. For more information, contact Douglas Barry of the USFCS, tel. (202) 482-4422; e-mail:


March 11

Belgian Key Industry Sectors Opportunities

Brussels, Belgium

This Webinar is designed to provide U.S. exporters with information on trends, challenges, and new opportunities in key sectors in Belgium and to discover how to take advantage of opportunities with the United States’ 12th largest trading partner. Participants will hear from Belgium-based experts as well as senior commercial staff at the U.S. embassy. For more information, contact Dusan Marinkovic of the USFCS, tel. (317) 582-2300; e-mail:


March 15–19

Trade Mission to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Kingston, Jamaica

The Caribbean is a steadily growing market full of opportunities for U.S. companies. In the Dominican Republic, U.S. companies now enjoy greater access thanks to a free trade agreement that entered into force in 2007. In Jamaica, the United States is the country’s primary trading partner, where proximity, quality, and the use of a common language will continue to encourage trade with the United States. For more information, contact Ashley Wilson of the USFCS, tel.: (405) 608-5302; e-mail:


March 23–25

Convergence India 2010

New Delhi, India

This annual show is devoted to information and communications technology. It is an excellent platform for U.S. companies active in the telecommunications, mobility, broadcast, cable, satellite, information technology, information security, and entertainment sectors. In 2008, the show hosted 405 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracted 15,000 visitors. For information, contact Deborah Semb of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0677; e-mail:


March 24

Webinar: A Basic Guide to Exporting: Taking Advantage of NAFTA

Washington, D.C.

With the ever-growing volume of trade taking place between the United States and Mexico and Canada, U.S. businesses stand to reap more benefits in the future under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Participants of this Webinar will learn to qualify their U.S.-manufactured products under NAFTA and how to satisfy recordkeeping responsibilities. For more information, contact Douglas Barry of TIC, tel. (202) 482-4422; e-mail:

On the Horizon


April 11–16

FedEx Green Industries Trade Mission

Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Rome, Italy; London, United Kingdom

The mission, a collaboration between FedEx and the USFCS, is designed to help U.S. companies evaluate the business climate in Europe, understand market-entry strategies, and identify potential business partners. Delegates will attend plenary sessions of key topics for doing business in Europe and will travel to two of the five participating countries for two days of country-specific activities. For more information, contact James Golsen of the USFCS, tel. (901) 598-9574; e-mail:


April 19–21

London Book Fair 2010

London, United Kingdom

This show is the leading spring forum for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content from across the media spectrum. Providing direct access to customers, content, and new markets, this venue affords the opportunity to learn about and capitalize on the developments occurring in the realm of publishing. With over 200 seminars and events, the London Book Fair is attended by more than 6,000 industry professionals. For more information, contact Patricia Molinaro of the USFCS, tel. (914) 682-6712; e-mail:


April 25–30

Trade Winds Forum—The Americas

São Paulo, Brazil

For companies new to exporting to the Americas or those looking for untapped export markets, this event is the ideal venue for expanding into the region. Attendees will benefit from consultations with senior commercial officers from 16 countries, representing 38 markets; prearranged business-to-business meetings with Brazilian companies; and networking luncheons and receptions. Additionally, participants will also have the opportunity to learn about energy, World Cup, and Olympics opportunities. For more information, contact Judy Kornfeld of the USFCS, tel.: (704) 235-0330; e-mail:; or Shannon Christenbury, tel.: (704) 333-4886; e-mail: