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SABIT Fosters Relationship Building between American and Pakistani Business Leaders

November 24, 2014

Becky Long and Tanner Johnson are International Trade Specialists at the International Trade Administration’s Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT).

The Pakistani delegation made a visit to Hess Brother's Fruit Company to learn about trends in packaging materials and food safety.

The Pakistani delegation visited a number of U.S. companies, including Hess Brother’s Fruit Company, to learn about trends in packaging materials and food safety.

The Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) promotes international economic development and the formation of business ties by hosting delegations of international executives in the United States.

The program has been training international business leaders from Eurasia, South Asia, and other regions for more than 20 years.

SABIT recently hosted a delegation of 13 Pakistani executives from the packaging industry, in an effort to further the U.S.-Pakistan business relationship.

The delegation met with leaders of American companies, associations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois to discuss trade opportunities, technological innovations, and U.S. trends in packaging materials, manufacturing processes, food safety, and marketing.

The group also attended PACK EXPO, one of the world’s largest exhibitions of packaging equipment and materials.

Hosting delegations like this is crucial to furthering the U.S. relationship with an important trade partner.

The United States is the largest export market for Pakistani goods, with nearly $3.7 billion worth of goods going to U.S. consumers. Roughly 90 percent of that total was in the textiles and garments industry, which means there are considerable untapped possibilities for Pakistan’s other industries to expand their exports to the United States.

Pakistani business leaders in a variety of industries are seeking more information about the U.S. market and industry-specific import regulations and processes.

Upon returning home to Pakistan, the delegates will use the knowledge and contacts gained in the United States to improve their businesses, encourage industry collaboration, and increase exports. At the end of the program, several delegates were eager to share their thoughts and takeaways from their visit:

“I learned a lot about laws and regulations, and how to implement food safety regulations. This is important because in Pakistan people are not very aware [of international food safety standards] and due to this reason, food waste is quite high….The flexible packaging market is very similar in the United States and Pakistan, and it is growing in [both countries]. So we have a lot of opportunities to develop flexible packaging materials.”
– Tahira Yasmin, Assistant Manager of Research and Development, Packages Limited

“Being here is like being presented with a crystal ball, you can look ten years ahead into the future, so that is a very good thing. We already know what the future is and where we should be if we want to stay in business.”
Motasim Ahmad Bajwa, Chief Operating Officer, Lucky Plastic Industries Ltd

In March 2015, SABIT will host a Pakistani delegation of professionals in the sphere of supply chain management. The program will help improve Pakistan’s transportation, storage, and logistical linkages, and it will serve to further integrate Pakistan into the international supply chain. SABIT is also planning future in-country training events and webinars for SABIT’s alumni in Pakistan.

Click to watch SABIT’s video interview with some of the packaging delegation participants. U.S. companies interested in hosting SABIT’s international delegations may contact the SABIT office at 202-482-0073 or sabit@trade.gov.

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International Buyer Program Leads the Pack at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013

September 13, 2013

Vidya Desai is an International Trade Specialist with the International Buyer Program. 

IBP can help you maximize export opportunities at trade shows.

IBP can help you maximize export opportunities at trade shows.

It’s a global market, and more and more small and medium-sized businesses are learning that they don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to expand their global reach.

In the packaging and processing industries, it is especially lucrative to make international connections, and that is why the International Buyer Program (IBP) will have trade specialists from embassies around the world at the PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.

PACK EXPO will have more than 26,000 attendees from 127 countries, discussing the latest trends in packaging and processing in sectors from automotive to prepared foods. More than 1,700 companies will be exhibiting, making this a great opportunity for businesses in the industry to make new business connections.

IBP will help U.S. companies get the most out of this trade show, arranging meetings with pre-screened international buyers, assessing market opportunities, and helping navigate customs and trade procedures. Come meet trade specialists and participate in meetings with foreign companies at PACK EXPO in Las Vegas this September!

Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, IBP recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives, and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year, giving U.S. companies excellent opportunities to expand business globally. We recently announced we’ll be bringing international buyers to 26 shows in 2014.

Here are some of the benefits of IBP services at PACK EXPO Las Vegas:

  • Participate in face-to-face meetings with pre-screened international buyers;
  • Save time and money by meeting international partners domestically;
  • Get tips from international trade specialists on doing business abroad;
  • Learn about trends and recent developments in the packaging and processing industries.

Stop by the International Business Center at PACK EXPO located in room S-224, and follow IBP updates on Twitter at @IBPExport. We expect more than 20 delegations from around the world at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, so we will have a lot of great information to share.

For more information on PACK EXPO or other IBP events, contact Vidya Desai at Vidya.desai@trade.gov or visit http://export.gov/ibp/.

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