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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 2009

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 6–11

Minnesota Mission to South America

São Paulo, Brazil

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will lead this delegation of Minnesota business leaders. The group will visit two of the most promising emerging markets in South America—Brazil and Chile. For more information, contact Valerie Henderson of the USFCS, tel.: +56 (2) 330-3316; e-mail: valerie.henderson@mail.doc.


December 8–10


Las Vegas, Nevada

This show is for electric utilities, independent power producers, project developers, architectural and engineering firms, waste-to-energy plant operators, financial and legal firms, cogenerators, self-generators, and other suppliers in the power generation sector. More than 18,000 trade visitors are expected to attend. For more information, contact Amanda Ayvaz of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-0338; e-mail:


December 10

Webinar: International Commercialization and Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

This Webinar will highlight the various USFCS products and services offered at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, which is scheduled for January 7–10, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Topics will include intellectual property rights, risks in legal contracts, and business models for international distribution. For more information, contact Linda Abbruzzese of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-1086; 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 12–16

Q-Medical Congress

Doha, Qatar

This show will feature health care technology professionals from more than 20 countries who represent more than 120 companies. They will be showing the latest health care technology, including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, nursing services, telemedicine, and health care information systems. For more information, contact Anissa Lahreche of the USFCS, tel.: (974) 488-4101, ext. 6040; 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 follow-up by trade specialists after the show. For more information, contact Hanzada Farid of the USFCS, tel.: +20 (2) 2797-2340; e-mail:


December 16

Webinar: U.S. Business Opportunities in Senegal and South Africa

Washington, D.C.

Senegal and South Africa are major gateways to Africa. They possess well-developed infrastructure and access to credit through a number of lending agencies. Webinar participants will hear about trade promotion services offered by the regional USFCS office. They will also hear details about a Department of Commerce trade mission to Dakar, Senegal, and Johannesburg, South Africa, which is scheduled for March 7–12, 2010. For more information, contact Karen Dubin of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-3786; e-mail:


December 24–January 3

Doha International Book Fair 2009

Doha, Qatar

This show is one of the largest and most visited book fairs in the Middle East. Last year, it attracted about 10,000 trade visitors. A USFCS booth represented 56 U.S. publishers and resulted in more than 300 trade leads, with four signed distributorship agreements. This year, a booth will again display product literature and offer a directory of participating U.S. publishers. For more information, contact Anissa Lahreche of the USFCS, tel.: (974) 488-4101, ext. 6040; e-mail:

On the Horizon


January 7–10

International Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas, Nevada

This event is the world’s largest trade show for consumer technology. This year, it is expected to have more than 2,000 exhibitors, who will be showcasing 20,000 products spanning 30 different categories. The show will feature on-site international business centers, which offer private meeting rooms, Internet stations, a lounge area, and registration assistance. In addition, representatives from the Department of Commerce will be available to assist U.S. companies with any export-related questions and to help match U.S. sellers with international buyers. For more information, contact Vidya Desai of the USFCS, tel.: (202) 482-2311; e-mail:


January 13–16

Heimtextil 2010

Messe Frankfurt, Germany

This show will feature an extensive international range of home textile and industry service products. The USFCS in Frankfurt is supporting U.S. firms visiting or exhibiting at the show by conducting a promotional campaign in Germany and around the world. It will also be providing information to U.S. exhibitors on intellectual property rights. For more information, contact Catherine Mayer of the USFCS, tel.: +49 (69) 7535-3159; e-mail:


January 15

Webinar: Exporting to Central America

Wheeling, West Virginia

This Webinar will gather experts from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to discuss the many opportunities available in Central America. The region purchased $24 billion of U.S. goods in 2008, and it offers many advantages for companies doing business there, including relatively low tariffs, few import restrictions, and standards in line with those of the United States. For more information, contact Leslie Drake of the USFCS, tel.: (304) 347-5123; e-mail: