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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Quarter 1 (January-March) 2019 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, 2019 and March 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 and IBP SELECT service for Q1 2019 events is Monday, March 19, 2018. Since we are running the application periods concurrently for both Q1 CY2019 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 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
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mezzanine Level, Suite 800M
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 Q1 2019 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 May 2018.

International Buyer Program
2019 IBP Application

2019 Q1 IBP Federal Register Notice

2019 IBP Sample Memorandum of Agreement


International Buyer Program SELECT

2019 IBP SELECT Application

2019 Q1 IBP SELECT Federal Register Notice

2019 IBP SELECT Sample Memorandum of Agreement

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

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2018 International Buyer Program Shows

(Click here for 2018 International Buyer Program SELECT Shows)


CES® 2018

January 9–12 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Allison Moore (Allison.Moore@trade.gov)

DistribuTECH® Conference and Exhibition
January 23–January 25 • San Antonio, TX
Project Officer: Mark Wells (Mark.Wells@trade.gov)

World of Concrete (WOC) 2018
January 23–26 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Jeffrey Odum (Jeffrey.Odum@trade.gov)

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference
SHOT Show®

January 23–26 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Joe Holecko (Joe.Holecko@trade.gov)

International Production & Processing Expo
January 30–February 1 • Atlanta, GA
Project Officer: Amanda Ayvaz (Amanda.Ayvaz@trade.gov)

Natural Products Expo West/Engredea 2018
March 8–11 • Anaheim, CA
Project Officer: Renee Diggs (Renee.Diggs@trade.gov)

NAB Show® 2018
April 7–12 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Gemal Brangman (Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov)

WasteExpo 2018
April 23–26 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Pamela Kirkland (Pamela.Kirkland@trade.gov)

Offshore Technology Conference
April 30-May 3 • Houston, TX
Project Officer: Ethel Glen (Ethel.Glen@trade.gov)

NPE 2018: The Plastics Show
May 7-11 • Orlando, FL
Project Officer: Dustin Ross (Dustin.Ross@trade.gov)


The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show
NRA Show®

May 19–22 • Chicago, IL
Project Officer: Amanda Ayvaz (Amanda.Ayvaz@trade.gov)


International Franchise Expo

May 31-June 2 • New York, NY
Project Officer: Jeffrey Odum (Jeffrey.Odum@trade.gov)

HydroVision International Conference and Exhibition
June 26-28 • Charlotte, NC
Project Officer: Melissa Blackledge (Melissa.Blackledge@trade.gov)

Summer Fancy Food Show 2018
June 30-July 2 • New York, NY
Project Officer: Renee Diggs (Renee.Diggs@trade.gov)

70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo
July 29–August 2 • Chicago, IL
Project Officer: Anne Novak (Anne.Novak@trade.gov)

International Woodworking Fair
August 22–25 • Atlanta, GA
Project Officer: Allison Moore (Allison.Moore@trade.gov)

ASIS 2018
September 23–27 • Las Vegas, NV
Project Officer: Joe Holecko (Joe.Holecko@trade.gov)

Solar Power International
September 24–27 • Anaheim, CA
Project Officer: Mark Wells (Mark.Wells@trade.gov)


Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference
WEFTEC® 2018

September 29–October 3 • New Orleans, LA
Project Officer: Pamela Kirkland (Pamela.Kirkland@trade.gov)

The Greater New York Dental Meeting
November 23–28 • New York, NY
Project Officer: Anne Novak (Anne.Novak@trade.gov)

POWER-GEN® International
December 4–6 • Orlando, FL
Project Officer: Mark Wells (Mark.Wells@trade.gov)


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Useful Links

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