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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


December 5

CAFTA-DR Competitiveness Forum: Tools of Trade and Finance

Exton, Pennsylvania

The U.S.–Central America–Dominican Republic free trade agreement (CAFTA-DR) opens many opportunities for U.S. businesses. This morning seminar will look at strategies that are essential to business success in the region. Regional trade experts and financial advisers will also be on site to answer questions from attendees. For more information, contact Robert McEntire of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4493; e-mail:


December 5–7

CONEXPO Asia 2007

Guangzhou, China

With explosive annual growth and a high demand for construction equipment and services, the South China region has become Asia's boom area for building and infrastructure. In 2006, this show attracted more than 13,100 visitors from 75 countries. International visitors accounted for over 18 percent of total attendance. For more information, contact Sophie Xiao of the USFCS, tel.: +86 (29) 8667-4011, ext. 619; e-mail:


December 6

Growth through International Sales

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

This half-day seminar is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses to help them better understand the details of exporting, such as trade regulations and documentation requirements, and to hear from experienced Arizona exporters. For more information, contact Kristian Richardson of the USFCS, tel.: (602) 254-2907; e-mail:


December 7

BIS Essentials of Export Controls

Austin, Texas

This program is an intensive, one-day event that covers the key information that exporters need to know to comply with the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Counselors and other professionals from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will cover the major elements of the U.S. export control system for commercial exports. For more information, contact Karen Parker of the USFCS, tel.: (512) 916-5939; e-mail:


December 9–13

Fire Department Instructor’s Conference Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

This conference, which is a replica of a similar event in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the leading exhibition and conference for fire industry professionals in the Middle East. About 5,000 visitors and 40 U.S. exhibitors are expected. For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-6434; e-mail:


December 10–13

Projex Libya

Tripoli, Egypt

Projex Libya, incorporating Energy Libya and Infrastructure Libya, will be a valuable sales and exhibition venue for U.S. exporters in the fields of power generation, transmission, and distribution; oil and gas exploration and production; and building and construction. For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 432-6434; e-mail:


December 11

Intellectual Property Rights in China

This program is part of a continuing series of Webinars on the protection of intellectual property rights in China. It is sponsored by ITA’s China office and will run from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. For more information, or to register, send an e-mail to


December 11–13

Power-Gen 2007

New Orleans, Lousiana

This show is the electric power generation industry’s largest event of its kind in the United States. It will feature a multitrack conference program and a curriculum of preconference courses. The world’s largest power exhibition will be held concurrently with the conference. For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-6434; e-mail:


December 14

Export–Import Bank Programs and Small Business Update

West Long Branch, New Jersey

The Export–Import Bank of the United States works closely with the Department of Commerce to boost foreign sales of U.S. companies. This half-day workshop at Monmouth University will review the bank’s programs in detail and will offer tips on how to use the bank as a marketing tool. For more information, contact Thomas Mottley of the USFCS, tel.: (732) 571-3641; e-mail:




January 7–10

International Consumer Electronics Show 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada

This show is the world’s largest annual trade event for consumer electronics. The 2007 show welcomed more than 140,000 attendees and 2,700 exhibitors. For 2008, the Commercial Service in Seoul has recruited a South Korean buyer delegation to meet with U.S. suppliers. For more information, contact Jennifer Harrington of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0595; e-mail:


January 17

Greece Webinar

Athens, Greece

The USFCS can help U.S. companies sell their products in Greece with a wide range of services. First-time exporters to Greece, as well as companies with experience in the region, will benefit from the information that will be offered in this Webinar. For more information, contact William Kutson of the USFCS, tel.: +30 (210) 720-2146; e-mail:


January 8–18, 2008

Clean-Energy Trade Mission

China and India

This trade mission will visit five cities in China and India. It will be an especially valuable opportunity for U.S. exporters that offer clean-energy and energy-efficiency technologies to make contacts and sales. The deadline for applications has passed, but for more information about upcoming opportunities in this field, contact Justin Rathke of the Department of Commerce, tel.: (202) 482-7916; e-mail: