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Gold Key Service information

Our Gold Key Service opens doors for your business in Japan.

The Gold Key Service helps you make the most efficient use of your time in Japan through one-on-one appointments with Japanese importers, agents, distributors, or sales representatives, each of whom has been pre-screened by one of our Commercial Specialists.

Our Commercial Service Specialists will identify and contact qualified and interested Japanese firms, explain your product or service to them, and arrange a customized schedule of meetings for you with the most suitable candidates.

Please complete GKS questionnaire

The Gold Key Service Includes

  • Appointments with pre-screened and pre-qualified importers, distributors, sales representatives or partners
  • A market and industry briefing with Commercial Service staff in advance of business meetings
  • Market background and information on your industry sector
  • Information and assistance with travel, accommodations, and interpreter services
  • A U.S. Commercial Service escort to your meetings if requested
  • Post-meeting debriefing to discuss results of meetings, and assistance in developing appropriate follow-up strategies

Fee Structure

Standard package (identify the contacts, arrange the meetings, and our staff attends the meeting with you):
•    Small Business* = $950 (+$350 for more than 5 appointments or if more than 8 hours is required to attend meetings)
•    Medium Business* = $2,300 (+$1,000 for more than 5 appointments or if more than 8 hours is required to attend meetings)
•    Large Business* = $3,400 (+$1,200 for more than 5 appointments or if more than 8 hours is required to attend meetings)
+ any direct costs**

Identify contacts and arrange appointments only
:
•    Small Business* = $800 
•    Medium Business* = $1,850
•    Large Business* = $2,400 
+ any direct costs**

Arrange and attend the meetings only:

•    Small Business* = $125 per appointment
•    Medium Business* = $280 per appointment
•    Large Business* = $360 per appointment
+ any direct costs**

Arrange the meetings only:

•    Small Business* = $75 per appointment
•    Medium Business* = $175 per appointment
•    Large Business* = $225 per appointment
+ any direct costs**

*Company Size

  • Small Business: Must qualify as a “small business” under the Small Business Administration’s size standards, which vary by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code: https://www.sba.gov/document/support--table-size-standards. Fees listed also apply to U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDO) and Non-profit Educational Institutions that purchase ITA services for their own use.  For example, when an EDO requests a Gold Key Service (GKS) to promote itself as a tourist destination, it will be charged the small company fee. If, however, an EDO requests a (GKS) to promote a U.S. company’s goods/services, the size of the company will be used to determine the fee.  
  • Medium Business: Must have less than $1B in annual revenue (including affiliates: parent, child, subsidiaries, divisions, etc.) to qualify.
  • Large Business: All U.S. businesses that do not qualify as a small or medium enterprise.  

See the Determining Your Company Size page for more details. (download PDF Version)

**Other direct costs not included in the service description must be assumed by the client. Types of other direct costs include translation, transportation, use of contractors, venue rental, catering, etc. Please note that any transportation for ITA staff beyond 80 kilometers or more than 2 hours from an ITA office will be charged an additional user fee to cover the cost.

Delivery Time
At least 6 weeks is required to set up your schedule of meetings.

Interpretation Services
Most meetings are conducted in Japanese, so an interpreter is usually necessary. We can help you make arrangements to hire a professional interpreter.

Hotels
Contact us for a list of hotels in Tokyo with discounted Embassy rates.

How the Gold Key Works:

1. Commercial Service staff identify and target the most suitable Japanese companies for your company.

2. We contact those companies on your behalf.

3. We arrange a meeting schedule with the best candidate companies.

4. The morning of your meetings you are given a market briefing by Commercial Service staff.

5. You are escorted to your meetings by our Commercial Specialist.

6. At the post-meeting briefing our staff will answer any questions you have and will assist you to develop the best follow-up strategy.

Commercial Service User Fees

The full listing of the U.S. Commercial Service user fee schedule: www.export.gov/CSuserfees

The Services For U.S. Exporters page features client testimonials and more information about our services.

For more information on this services, please contact a U.S. Export Assistance Center near you or office.tokyo@trade.gov.

"The Gold Key service exceeded my expectations. I am completely satisfied; the level of professionalism, the courtesy, the hard work and the skill with which my visit was prepared for and executed was outstanding. The quality of the meetings that I held were excellent – on a scale of 1 to 10 – this rated a 12!"

David Hans
President
Amenglish.com

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