The U.S. Commercial Service in Kansas City, Missouri, organize and supports conferences, seminars, webinars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events include:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Education export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and in the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matchmaking or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows; the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.

Note: Grant funds are available to qualifying U.S. companies through the states of Kansas and Missouri that can be applied towards the cost to participate in any of the below opportunities and trainings.

Contact our state trade partners for more information:

Kansas (STEP or KITSAP)
Chang Lu
at cl@kansascommerce.com or 913-307-7378

Missouri (STEP or GMAP)
John Hensley
at john.hensley@ded.mo.gov or 573-781-4982



● SELLING YOUR PRODUCT TO EUROPE OR CHINA?

Here's what you need to know about the CE and CCC certification marks.

Videos Provide Free Exporting Skills Training.


If you aren't sure what the CE or CCC marks are, or how to get one for your product -- then our new videos are for you. The European Union and China have certification schemes covering numerous products. The process to qualify can be lengthy, involve testing in special labs, and potentially be expensive. However, it will also give you access to these large markets.

To learn more, watch our new videos

With the new Exporting Skills video series, you can master international sales using export.gov and U.S. Commercial Service assistance. Check out other videos in this series.

How to look up tariffs and taxes using export.gov's access to Customs Info Database.


● Application Period for the President’s “E” Award for Exporting Ends January 24, 2020


The President's “E” Award affords suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. These awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. 

There are two types of “E” Awards:
The President's “E” Award for Exports is awarded to exporters of goods or services.
The President's “E” Award for Export Service is awarded to organizations that help others to export.

For more information on this award please visit www.export.gov/exportawards. Applications will be accepted until January 24th, 2020. 


● Infrastructure Export Guide Available


The U.S. Commercial Service has put together a guide of U.S. government resources that support infrastructure projects abroad.  U.S. companies should use this as a general guide to learn how the U.S. government can support individual projects. For a copy of this resource guide, visit: https://2016.export.gov/indopacific/build/groups/public/@eg_ip/documents/webcontent/eg_ip_129311.pdf


● Advice for U.S. companies on Preparing for Brexit

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) London office has created a new section on its website – “How to Prepare for Brexit.” This page provides a brief overview on Brexit as well as provides links to useful information to help US businesses prepare for Brexit. Visit - https://2016.export.gov/unitedkingdom/brexit/index.asp or http://bit.ly/BrexitPrep4USbiz.




● HOW TO PUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO WORK FOR YOU

January 24 ● 7:30am – 9:00am

RSM ● 4801 Main St., Suite 400 ● Kansas City, MO 64112
(Free parking is available in the Plaza Library Parking Garage. Enter the office building connected to the library and take the elevator to the fourth floor.)


Join the ITC for a light breakfast and heavy discussion on AI. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is all around us and quickly becoming an integral part of our world. Forget science fiction—AI is here, now, and it’s being put to use in the world of global trade. Who is using it, what are they doing, what are their objectives?

More information and to register - https://itcgkc.org/event-3651985


● BERKLEY LECTURE: U.S. INTERESTS AND POLICY IN A TURBULENT MIDDLE EAST

February 5 ● 11:30am – 1:00pm

Grand Street Café ● 4740 Grand Ave. ● Kansas City, MO 64112

The IRC is proud to present Dr. Paul Salem as the 2020 Berkley Lecturer. President of the Middle East Institute, Dr. Salem will present on U.S. interests and policy in a turbulent Middle East. Tickets ($30, students; $40, IRC members; $50, general admission) are available through January 31.

More information and to register - https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1318958&group=


● U.S. EXPORT CONTROLS & COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT

March 3 & 4 ● 7:30am – Registration/Continental Breakfast / Program 8:00am – 4:30pm

Commerce Bank ● Truman Room (6th Floor) ● 1000 Walnut St. ● Kansas City, MO

Are your export activities in compliance?


U.S. Commercial Service – Kansas City invites you to participate in a two-day seminar covering the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Census Foreign Trade Regulations, and putting in place an export management compliance program.

This detailed two-day seminar, intended to help companies ensure their export activities are in compliance, will be presented by Kansas City Law firm Miller & Company.

More information and to register: https://go.usa.gov/xpzQ7.



CREATING A WEBSITE FOR TODAY’S INDUSTRIAL BUYER
January 9 ● 11am Central
Free to join - registration is required.

WEBSITE GLOBALIZATION BEST PRACTICES FOR MANUFACTURERS
January 14 ● 11am Central
Free to join – registration is required.

AGRICULTURAL BEST PRACTICES IN UKRAINE AND KAZAKHSTAN
January 15 ● 8am Central
Cost: $25.

US-EUROPE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
January 22 ● 12pm Central
Cost $25.

INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE SALES WEBINAR SERIES: SPOTLIGHT ASIA – INDIA, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE
January 23 ● 12pm Central
Cost: $25.

BREXIT: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
February
Cost: $50.

NAVIGATING CHINA AND 301 FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
February
Cost: $35.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNTIES IN HAITI
February 13 ● 12pm Central
Cost: $35.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE MARINE AND SHIPBUILDING SECTORS
February 25 ● 12:30pm Central
Cost: $25.



April 2020

May 2020



TRADE EVENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (TEPP) EVENTS


THE SHOOTING, HUNTING, OUTDOOR TRADESHOW (SHOT)
JANUARY 21 – 24 ● LAS VEGAS, NV

INTERNATIONAL BUILDER’S SHOW
JANUARY 28 – 30 ● LAS VEGAS, NV

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING EXPO
JANUARY 28 – 30 ● ATLANTA, GA

WORLD OF CONCRETE
FEBRUARY 2 – 7 ● LAS VEGAS

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST
MARCH 3 – 7 ● ANAHEIM, CA

ISC WEST
MARCH 17 – 20 ● LAS VEGAS, NV

CONEXPO – CON/AGG
MARCH 10 – 14 ● LAS VEGAS, NV


● HANNOVER MESSE

April 20 – 24 ● Hannover, Germany

If your company is planning on attending HANNOVER MESSE 2020, the U.S. Commercial Service is here to help you capitalize on the opportunity — before, during, and after the event.

  • Our global network of industry experts will provide personalized, one-on-one counseling.
  • We will promote your company and facilitate introductions to buyers and potential partners from around the world.
  • Our value added services will help maximize your trip’s value, whether you are an experienced exhibitor or are attending for the first time.

Seven Shows in One: More Opportunity for You

HANNOVER MESSE is seven leading trade shows and an investment summit all in one, with industry pavilions for Automation, Motion and Drives; Engineered Parts & Solutions; Digital Ecosystems, Compressed Air & Vacuum, Energy Solutions, Logistics, and Future Lab, connecting exhibitors to potential customers across relevant industry sectors.

  • Connect directly to more than 215,000 attendees.
  • Reach a global audience that comes from more than 70 countries.
  • Network with foreign business delegations.
  • Connect across industry sectors.

Questions - https://2016.export.gov/hannovermesse/ or more information can also be found at official show website: https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/.


● USA FAIR 2020

May 31 - April 2Lago, Nigeria

USA Fair 2020,
will showcase American manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in multi sectors with exhibition, B2B and conference opportunities in the largest and most dynamic market on the African Continent.  This three days of exhibition at the Eko Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lago, Nigeria is only for U.S. businesses.

For more details on additional value added services, please email Benedicta.Nkwoh@trade.gov or Ambrose.Thomas@trade.gov.

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Reminder: Contact our state trade partners in Kansas and Missouri and ask about available grant funds that may be used to help offset the cost to participate in these events. Contact information is above.

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