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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


January 2009



January 8–11

International Consumer Electronics Show 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada

This show brings together manufacturers of consumer electronics products and the highest concentration of buyers and decision-makers in the retail distribution channel. Product categories include emerging technologies, gaming, home networking and theater, video, and wireless communications. For more information, contact Jennifer Harrington of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0595; email:


January 12–15

ProMat 2009

Chicago, Illinois

This show will have more than 45,000 materials handling and logistics buyers from more than 80 countries. More than 700 exhibitors will feature the best productivity solutions the industry has to offer. It is the largest and most comprehensive international material handling and logistics trade event in North America. For more information, contact Louis Quay of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3973; email:


January 14–17

Heimtextil 2009

Frankfurt, Germany

This event is the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, and it serves as a platform for manufacturers and designers worldwide. At the 2008 show, 2,800 exhibitors from 65 countries presented their products to more than 86,000 international trade visitors. For more information, contact Jennifer Harrington of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0595; email:


January 15–16

U.S. Interoperable Communications Seminar and Exhibit

Ottawa, Canada

This event is organized by the USFCS in Canada, and it will introduce U.S. suppliers of proven interoperable communications technologies for the defense, security, and emergency responder markets to key Canadian decision-makers. For more information, contact Tracey Ford of the USFCS, tel: (613) 688-5406; email:


January 19–21

World Future Energy Summit 2009

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This summit brings together leading innovators, educators, scientists, venture capitalists, and experts in the field of future energy. More than 15,000 attendees are expected, which will make it the largest meeting of influential figures within the renewable energy industry. For more information, contact Mark Wells of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0904; email:


January 24–28

2009 São Paulo International Dental Meeting

São Paulo, Brazil

This meeting brings together more than 70,000 dentists, dental students, lab technicians, dental hygienists, staff members, and dental dealers from all of Latin America. For more information, contact Carol Rudman of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0905; email:


January 27–29

Colombiatex de las Américas 2009

Medellín, Colombia

This show is one of the largest trade fairs in Latin America for apparel manufacturers. Exhibited products include natural-base, synthetic, and blended fabrics; fibers, threads, and yarns; and supplies. Colombia is an important export market for U.S. fibers, yarn, and fabric. U.S. exports of textile and apparel products to Colombia increased from $90 million in 2002 to $176 million in 2006. For more information, contact Laurie Mease of the Office of Textiles and Apparel, tel.: (202) 482-2043; email:


January 27–28

How to Develop an Export Management and Compliance Program

Miami, Florida

This two-day seminar is designed to help companies to create or enhance their export compliance program and to learn smart export compliance business strategies. The instructors will share lessons learned and industry best practices, as well as educate companies on how to implement strategies and safeguards that can minimize the risk of an export violation. For more information, contact Stephanie Heckel of the USFCS, tel.: (954) 356-6640, ext. 19; email:


January 28–February 1

FITUR 2009

Madrid, Spain

This show provides the best showcase for U.S. tourism companies and related entities to promote their services and destinations to prospective Spanish travelers and the Spanish tourism and international travel trade organizations. Product categories include tour operators, travel agents, and hotels and accommodations. For more information, contact William Corfitzen of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0584; email: