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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 2009



April 1

Doing Business in Southeast Asia

New York, New York

The USFCS and the United Parcel Service will present experts on Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, as well as trade finance and logistics specialists, in a program designed to help businesses penetrate those important markets. For more information, contact Carmela Mammas of the USFCS, tel.: (212) 809-2676; e-mail:


April 1

Climate Change and Sustainability

Washington, D.C.

This one-day seminar will focus on climate data, services, and programs that are available from the Department of Commerce for U.S. businesses that need to factor climate change into their business plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Trade Administration are cosponsoring this event. For more information, contact Staci Lewis of the International Trade Administration, tel.: (202) 482-9153; e-mail:


April 9

Breaking into the Trade Game
(Session 3: Transporting Goods Internationally)

Exton, Pennsylvania

Exporting U.S. products and services overseas is profitable and rewarding. This training program on transporting goods internationally will give participants the skills, strategies, insights, and network of contacts that are necessary to expand sales globally. For more information, contact Antonio Ceballos of the USFCS; tel.: (215) 597-6105; e-mail:


April 15–16

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Cleveland, Ohio

This two-day program, led by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, will provide an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations. Presenters will conduct a number of hands-on exercises that will help participants apply the regulations to their own export activities. For more information, contact Susan Whitney of the USFCS; tel.: (216) 522-4755; e-mail:


April 20–23

National Association of Broadcasters Show 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada

This event is one of the 10 largest trade shows in North America and is the world’s single most comprehensive event for electronic media. A concurrent educational program will offer more than 550 sessions. The Department of Commerce will cosponsor a global matchmaking reception. For more information, contact Jennifer Harrington of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0595, e-mail:


April 20–24

Hannover Messe 2009

Hanover, Germany

This event is the world’s most comprehensive show for industrial technology. It focuses on factory automation, process automation, power transmission technology, and fluid power technology. More than 300,000 visitors are expected. For more information, contact Helen Simpson-Davis of the USFCS; tel.: (202) 482-1882, e-mail:


April 25–30

High Point Market Spring 2009

High Point, North Carolina

This event is the world’s largest home furnishings trade show. It will bring together more than 85,000 people from 110 countries. The show will encompass 180 showroom buildings and will feature more than 2,000 exhibitors selling new products in every niche of the market. For more information, contact Eugene Quinn of the USFCS; tel.: (202) 482-0578, e-mail:


April 26

World Intellectual Property Day

The World Intellectual Property Organization established this day to help foster an understanding of the vital role that intellectual property—copyright, patents, industrial designs, and trademarks—plays in the world economy. For more information, visit


April 29

International Representation for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Tucson, Arizona

Small exporters must often rely on independent distributors or agents. This half-day workshop outlines the ins and outs of this system. Topics will include the difference between a distributor and a sales agent, as well as the general and regional provisions that need to be considered. For more information, contact Pompeya Lambrecht of the USFCS; tel.: (602) 277-5223, e-mail:


On the Horizon


May 4–8

European Port Infrastructure and Security Trade Mission

Hamburg, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Genoa, Italy

This three-country trade mission is intended to tap immediate opportunities in port infrastructure and to showcase U.S. technology, which is highly regarded and maintains a competitive edge in Europe. The mission will include tours of the ports in each city, briefings by port authorities, and one-on-one business meetings with end-users and partners. For more information, contact Greg Thompson of the USFCS; tel.: (214) 712-1932; e-mail:


May 18–21

Chinaplas 2009

Guangzhou, China

This event is the largest exhibition of plastics and rubber industry materials and equipment in Asia. The 2008 show attracted more than 60,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions. U.S. plastic-related companies will find this show to be an important step toward increasing their exports to the Chinese market. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS; tel.: (202) 482-0584, e-mail:


May 24–29

National Association of Foreign Student Advisers Annual Conference and Expo

Los Angeles, California

Discover new possibilities in international education and exchange. This conference is the largest annual event for the education services industry, and it attracts participants from all over the world. Participants will have the opportunity, based on schedule, to visit schools, to have one-on-one meetings to learn about foreign-student admission, to study the environment, and to learn about policies and scholarships. For more information, contact James Paul of the USFCS; tel.: (617) 565-4304; e-mail: