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The International Buyer Program

Bringing International Buyers to U.S. Trade Shows

The IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies, and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers.

Whether you are a show organizer, U.S. exhibitor, or international buyer, we can help you grow your business.

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2018 International Buyer Program & International Buyer Program SELECT Application Periods Now Open!

The International Trade Administration is now accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) and IBP SELECT service for trade events taking place between January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Details regarding the application, eligibility, participation requirements, and selection process are provided in the Federal Register Notices below. The deadline for applying to the IBP and IBP SELECT service for 2018 events is Friday, January 6, 2017. Since we are running the application periods simultaneously for both CY2018 programs, an application must be submitted for both IBP AND IBP SELECT should an applicant wish to be considered for both. Please click here to learn more about the IBP SELECT service.

To be considered for the 2018 IBP, applicants need to submit a completed application form via courier service (i.e. FedEx, UPS) to the IBP office at the following address:

Vidya Desai, Senior Advisor for Trade Events
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mezzanine Level, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004

Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and must be followed by signed original applications that are to be received no later than 5 business days after the application deadline. There is no fee to apply. However, a participation fee will be required if accepted into the program.

Should the applicant be accepted into the program, a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with applicable program fee will be required within 30 days of the written notification of acceptance into the 2018 IBP or IBP SELECT. Sample MOAs are provided through the links below for reference purposes only. The MOAs outline the terms of participation that accepted applicants must commit to if accepted into the program. The Federal Register Notices set forth objectives, procedures and application review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the IBP.

The IBP expects to issue the results of this process for both IBP and IBP SELECT in April 2017.

International Buyer Program

International Buyer Program SELECT

2018 IBP Federal Register Notice

2018 IBP SELECT Federal Register Notice

2018 IBP Sample Memorandum of Agreement

2018 IBP SELECT Sample Memorandum of Agreement

2018 IBP Application

2018 IBP SELECT Application

For more information, please contact Vidya Desai at Vidya.desai@trade.gov.

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Upcoming Shows

Solar Power International
September 12–15, Las Vegas, NV - solarpowerinternational.com

WEFTEC 2016
September 24–28, New Orleans, LA – weftec.org

MINExpo International 2016
September 26–28, Las Vegas, NV – minexpo.com

International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE)
October 8–11, Las Vegas, NV – ibie2016.org

Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM)
November 25–30, New York, NY – gnydm.com

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Useful Links

Media:

International Buyer Program Trade Show Video Series

International Buyer Program Twitter Account

Exporting Information:

Basic Guide to Exporting

Trade Finance Guide

Export Webinars

Free Trade Agreements

Tariff Resources

Trade Data and Analysis

Automatic Export System Filing Requirement

Country and Industry Specific Information:

Market Research Library

Country Commercial Guides

Industry pages


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