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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


October 2009

October 5–9

ITU Telecom World 2009

Geneva, Switzerland

The show will feature the latest innovations in information and communications technology (ICT), including mobile and satellite, broadband, and next-generation networks. It will also feature “Thematic Days” that highlight the reach and role of ICT in such areas as the digital divide, cybersecurity, climate change, and disaster relief. For more information, contact Joseph English of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3334; e-mail:


October 6–November 24

Export University 201

Charlotte, North Carolina

Every Tuesday morning for eight weeks, this export workshop will provide an overview of the tools needed to succeed in the global marketplace. It will feature speakers who are experts in their fields. There is a $100 fee for the series. Registration includes morning refreshments and a copy of the new edition of A Basic Guide to Exporting. For more information, contact Dan Holt of the USFCS, tel.: (704) 333-4886; e-mail:


October 7

Export Basics: Cashing In with Free Trade Agreements

Washington, D.C.

Free trade agreements (FTAs) can encourage new buyers and reduce exporting costs. The United States currently has 11 different regional and bilateral trade agreements in effect and 3 pending agreements. This Webinar will discuss FTA terms and definitions as well as the documentation required to take advantage of FTA benefits. For more information, contact Anthony Hill of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0681; e-mail:


October 10–18

ExpoAuto 2009

Batalha, Portugal

This show covers all aspects of the auto industry, including service areas, bodywork paints, repairs, maintenance, vehicle equipment and accessories, aftersales, engineering, and tuning equipment. For more information, contact Pedro Ferreira of the USFCS, tel.: +351 (21) 770-2572; e-mail:


October 17–20

Ukrainian Business Delegation to High Point Market

High Point, North Carolina

This event is one of the largest furnishings industry trade shows in the world, attracting more than 85,000 attendees every six months. More than 2,000 exhibiting companies will display and demonstrate all aspects of home furnishings, covering all price points in the industry. For more information, contact Myroslava Myrtsalo of the USFCS, tel.: +380 (44) 490-4064; e-mail: myroslava.myrtsalo


October 20–21

U.S.-Iraq Business Investment Summit

Washington, D.C.

About 500 attendees are expected at the summit, including representatives of top U.S. and international businesses and senior U.S. and Iraqi government officials. General sessions will provide keynote presentations on Iraq's current trade and promotion activities, while a matchmaking event will offer the opportunity to facilitate partnerships. There is a registration fee of $200. For more information, go to the Web site or contact the Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force at tel. (866) 352-4727; e-mail:


October 22

Fourth Annual International Trade Conference: Selling to the Middle East and North Africa

Cincinnati, Ohio

This all-day conference will feature a wide array of experts from business and the government who will speak on opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. The Department of Commerce, the U.S.–Saudi Arabia Business Council, the Export–Import Bank of the United States, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Procter & Gamble, FedEx, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and others will be represented. The conference will be preceded by an evening networking reception on October 21. Registration is $75. For more information, contact Marcia Brandstadt of the USFCS, tel.: (513) 684-2944; e-mail:


October 27

Leveraging Your Website to Increase International Sales

White Plains, New York

This seminar will examine tools and best practices for companies to more effectively market their products both locally and internationally, including search engine optimization strategies, localization versus internationalization of Web site content, international online payment options, and Internet fraud. For more information, contact Joan Kanlian of the USFCS, tel.: (914) 682-6712; e-mail:


October 29

The New European Regulation on Cosmetic Products

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This Webinar is designed to inform U.S. exporters in the cosmetics industry of changes in the revised European Union Cosmetics Regulation and how to comply with the new rules. Darren Abrahams, an attorney with the Brussels office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Deborah Doherty of the USFCS, tel.: (717) 872-4386; e-mail:

On the Horizon


November 1–30

U.S. Virtual Green Trade Mission to Italy

Rome, Italy

This mission will offer U.S. firms a cost-effective way to test the Italian market and identify potential agents and distributors. Targeted sectors include green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling. Participants can receive market exposure by including their online promotional “brochure” on the mission’s Web site. They will also receive a vetted report on the Italian companies that indicate interest in representing the participants’ products or services. For more information, contact Bill Cline of the USFCS, tel.: (775) 784-5203; e-mail:


November 4

Webinar: Finding International Partners

Washington, D.C.

Finding qualified buyers is one of the most important tasks required to expand any business. How do you find them? How do you know you can trust them? This Webinar will show exporters how to make sound decisions and gain access to affordable government services. It will be ideal for international sales managers, business development managers, finance and credit managers, and other senior managers. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail:


November 5–8

AmbiUrbe 2009

Lisbon, Portugal

All the main Portuguese companies and institutions related to the environment, water, energy, and urban planning sectors will have a presence at this show. Preshow promotion will include outreach campaigns to potential Portuguese buyers and partners alerting them to the presence of U.S. exhibitors at the show. A special business information booth will be available to assist U.S. exhibitors. For more information, contact Pedro Ferreira of the USFCS, tel.: +351 (21) 770-2572; e-mail: