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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


September 2008



September 1–12

Clean-Energy and Environment Trade Mission

China and India

David Bohigian, assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, will lead this trade mission to six cities in China and India. The application process for participation is now closed. For more information, contact Brian O’Hanlon of the Department of Commerce, tel.: (202) 482-3492; e-mail:


September 6–14

Thessaloniki International Trade Fair

Thessaloniki, Greece

This trade fair, which is Greece’s largest trade event, attracts more than 250,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors from more than 20 countries. For more information, contact Teresa Gile of the USFCS, tel.: +30 (210) 720-2302; e-mail:


September 8–11

MSPO Regional Defense Industry and Safety/Security Trade Show

Kielce, Poland

This trade show is a very effective venue for promoting defense and security products and services in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2007, the show attracted 364 exhibitors from 24 countries and hosted its first-ever U.S. pavilion. For more information, contact Zofia Sobiepanek of the USFCS, tel.: +48 (22) 625-4374; e-mail:


September 16

Tourism Video Conference

Quito, Ecuador

This videoconference is designed to promote travel destinations in the United States to tour organizers in Ecuador. It has been organized by the Visit USA Committee Ecuador, with support from the USFCS, and will have a special emphasis on Colorado destinations. For more information, contact Ximena Reyes of the USFCS, tel.: +254 (20) 363-6000, ext. 6424; e-mail:


September 11–13

ExpoMedical 2008

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This event is the leading international trade show in Spanish-speaking South America for health care products, equipment, and services. More than 240 exhibitors and 14,000 professional visitors are expected. For more information, contact Liliana Paz of the USFCS, tel.: +54 (11) 5777-4519; e-mail:


September 18

Export Strategies Seminar

Portland, Oregon

This daylong seminar is designed to help businesses establish an international market with the advice and guidance of international trade professionals. Topics include developing an export plan, selecting international markets, and understanding export controls. For more information, contact Jennifer Woods of the USFCS, tel.: (503) 326-5290; e-mail:


September 25

Tijuana’s Border Program

Tijuana, Mexico

This program offers participants hands-on exposure to the physical transportation and documentation process of cross-border trade. It will be a unique opportunity to gain specific insight on how to export to this important business market. For more information, contact Monica Rosas of the USFCS, tel.: +52 (664) 622-7419; e-mail:


September 28–October 4

Business Development Mission to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua

Led by Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, this mission will focus on assisting U.S. companies doing business in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. The application process for participation is now closed. For more information, contact the Office of Business Liaison of the Department of Commerce, tel.: (202) 482-1360; e-mail:


September 29–October 11

Study USA at Education Fairs

Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico

Study USA is a series of events organized by the USFCS that promote education opportunities in the United States. It will be held in conjunction with the American School Foundation’s education fairs running in four cities in Mexico. For more information, contact Martha Sanchez of the USFCS, tel.: +52 (55) 5140-2621; e-mail:


On the Horizon


October 6–7

U.S.–Southeast Europe Trade and Investment Conference

Vienna, Austria

This two-day conference, organized by the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), will be a unique venue for government officials and representatives of the private sector to discuss business opportunities and ways to enhance trade and investment ties between the United States and the countries of southeast Europe. For more information, contact Jeffrey Donald, senior vice president of the BCIU, tel.: (202) 775-6074; e-mail:


October 24

Passage to India

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This half-day seminar, organized by the USFCS and Philadelphia University, will offer information on a fast-growing market for U.S. goods and services. Carmine D’Aloisio, minister-counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact Janice Barlow of the USFCS, tel.: (215) 597-6126; e-mail:


October 26–29

Commercial Service Trade Mission to Panama

Panama City, Panama

This trade mission will offer U.S. firms in multiple sectors the opportunity to explore the Panamanian market and to take advantage of the momentum generated by the proposed U.S.–Panama free trade agreement. The mission includes one-on-one business appointments and a reception at the U.S. ambassador’s residence. For more information, contact George L. Martinez of the USFCS, tel.: (727) 893-3738; e-mail: