International Buyer Program Accepting Applications for 2013

October 4, 2011

by Vidya Desai, an international trade specialist in the U.S. Commercial Service.

Trade show organizers interested in participating in the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP) during 2013 have until October 31, 2011, to submit an application. Under the program, trade specialists from the International Trade Administration’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) and the Department of State recruit and lead foreign buyer delegations to approximately 35 participating IBP shows in the United States.

IBP brings international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export potential. This cooperative effort between the Department of Commerce and trade show organizers benefits U.S. firms exhibiting at selected events by providing them with practical, hands-on assistance, such as export counseling and market analysis by ITA’s country and industry experts; a listing in an “export interest” directory; and matchmaking services.

Show organizers participating in IBP also agree to provide access to an international business center at their shows, where representatives from exhibiting U.S. companies can meet privately with prospective international buyers, sales representatives, and potential business partners.

In 2010, IBP brought 13,000 foreign buyers and their representatives to U.S. trade shows.

The application period for participating in IBP during 2013 opened on September 1, 2011, and will close on October 31, 2011. Full details about the application procedures were published in the Federal Register (at 76 FR 54,428) on September 1, 2011. A copy of the Federal Register notice, the application form, and supplementary information are available on the Web at www.export.gov/IBP, or contact IBP by e-mail to request an application package: IBP2013@trade.gov.

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