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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


November 2009

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 their products or services. For more information, contact Federico Bevini of the USFCS, tel.: +39 (02) 6268-8520; e-mail:


November 3–5

National District Export Council Conference

Washington, D.C.

This annual conference is designed to provide networking and trade education opportunities for U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises. This year’s event will focus on how companies can survive and thrive in today’s economy through exporting. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact Laura Hellstern of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3222; 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 to 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 9

Using Your Web Site to Build International Sales

Portland, Maine

This seminar will help companies learn about the tools and best practices for marketing their products more effectively, both locally and internationally. Special attention will be paid to Web 2.0 and Google Tools for Small Businesses, search engine optimization strategies, localization versus internationalization of Web site content, international online payment options, and Internet fraud. For more information, contact Jeffrey Porter of the USFCS, tel.: (207) 541-7430; e-mail:


November 12–14

Showcase USA–Italy 2009

Rome, Italy

This show will offer travel and tourism companies a unique opportunity to test the Italian market with a reasonable budget and convenient timing. U.S. exhibitors will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several high-quality Italian companies and organizations—all of which are focused on promoting U.S. travel and tourism. In 2007, U.S. exhibitors met 28 Italian tour operators, several travel agents, incentive planners, and media representatives. For more information, contact Simonetta Busnelli of the USFCS, tel.: +39 (02) 6268-8505; e-mail:


November 15–19

Dubai Airshow 2009

United Arab Emirates

In 2007, the show celebrated its 10th anniversary and attracted more than 850 exhibitors and 45,421 trade visitors. It had 140 aircraft on display and record-breaking orders of $155.5 billion. For more information, contact Kevin Haley of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-6434; e-mail:


November 16

Webinar: Exporting to South America

Wheeling, West Virginia

This Webinar will be an excellent opportunity for new and experienced exporters to learn about seven different markets in South America: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Commercial officers from those countries and expert speakers will address the opportunities and best prospects for U.S. businesses. For more information, contact Leslie Drake of the USFCS, tel.: (304) 347-5123; e-mail:


November 18

Webinar: Understanding Export Documentation

Washington, D.C.

This Webinar will provide an overview of the most common export documents, as well as those that are more specialized but in regular use. Participants will learn what documents are necessary for which transactions, how to complete them, and how to avoid common mistakes. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail:


November 19–22

U.S. Products Catalog Show

Bangkok, Thailand

This four-day event is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors. Organized by the U.S. embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, it will have a U.S. embassy booth featuring U.S. consumer goods. For a fee of $100, prospective participants can provide 50 sets of catalogs to display. For more information, contact Thanyathorn Voravongsatit of the USFCS, tel.:+ 66 (2) 205-5282; e-mail:


On the Horizon


December 2

Export Basics: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights

Washington, D.C.

Protecting ideas, brands, inventions, and business methods in international markets is an important consideration before making a first sale. This Webinar will review the legal and practical framework for ensuring an exporter’s rights in those areas. For more information, contact Doug Barry of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-4422; e-mail:


December 12–13

U.S. Special Exhibitors and Visitors Program at Bright Green (United Nations Climate Change Summit)

Copenhagen, Denmark

This show will take place during the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It will be an excellent opportunity for U.S. companies to show how renewable energy and clean-technology industries are providing practical solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Participating U.S. companies and organizations will be offered special networking and marketing opportunities in connection with Bright Green and the United Nations summit. For more information, contact Maria Norsk of the USFCS, tel. +45 3341-7315; e-mail:


December 15–17

Cosmetics and Toiletries Catalog Show

Cairo, Egypt

This show will offer a rare chance to showcase U.S. cosmetic products, technologies, and services directly to Egyptian distributors and customers. With a population of almost 80 million, Egypt is not only the largest market in the region, but also a gateway to other markets in Africa and the Middle East. Target sectors include cosmetics and perfumes, hair products and equipment, skin products, nail products, and toiletries. Participating companies will benefit from contact lists and post-show follow-up by trade specialists. For more information, contact Hanzada Farid of the USFCS, tel.: +20 (2) 2797-2340; e-mail: