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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CY2019 Quarter 4 (October 1 – December 31) International Buyer Program Application Period Now Open!

The International Trade Administration is now accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) for trade events taking place between October 1 and December 31, 2019. 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 service for CY 2019 Q4 events is Monday, May 20, 2019.

 

To be considered for the 2019 IBP, applicants need to submit a completed application form via courier service (i.e. FedEx, UPS) to the Trade Promotion Programs office at the following address:

Vidya Desai, Senior Advisor for Trade Events

Trade Promotion Programs

1401 Constitution Ave, NW

Mailstop 52024

Washington, DC 20230

Email applications to IBP2019@trade.gov are strongly encouraged and 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 CY2019 Q4 IBP. A sample MOA is provided through the link below for reference purposes only. The MOA outlines the terms of participation that accepted applicants must commit to if accepted into the program. The Federal Register Notice sets 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 IBP in June 2019.

International Buyer Program

2019 Q4 IBP Federal Register Notice

2019 IBP Sample Memorandum of Agreement

2019 IBP Application

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

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Upcoming International Buyer Program Shows

(Click here for 2018 International Buyer Program SELECT Shows)

International Production and Processing Expo
February 12-14 • Atlanta, GA
Project Officer: Mark Wells (Mark.Wells@trade.gov)

Natural Products Expo West
March 6-9 • Anaheim, CA
Project Officer: Renee Diggs (Renee.Diggs@trade.gov)

Waste Expo 2019
May 6-9, 2019 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Pamela Kirkland (Pamela.Kirkland@trade.gov)

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show
May 18-21, 2019 • Chicago, Il
Project Officer: Renee Diggs (Renee.Diggs@trade.gov)

International Franchise Expo 2019
May 31 – June 1, 2019 • New York City, NY
Project Officer: Deborah Misouria (Deborah.Misouria@trade.gov)

71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Exposition
August 4-8, 2019, 2019 • Anaheim, CA
Project Officer: Allison Moore (Allison.Moore@trade.gov)

GasTech Exhibition & Conference
September 17-19, 2019 • Houston, TX
Project Officer: Melissa Blackledge (Melissa.Blackledge@trade.gov)

Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC)
September 21-25, 2019 • Chicago, IL
Project Officer: Pamela Kirkland (Pamela.Kirkland@trade.gov)

Solar Power International
September 23-25, 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT
Project Officer: Mark Wells (Mark.Wells@trade.gov)


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