Commerce official announces 2016 International Buyer Program events

Program connects international buyers with U.S. companies.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig today announced the slate of 23 trade shows selected for the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) 2016 International Buyer Program (IBP). The IBP is a government-industry program designed to increase U.S. export sales through promotion and recruitment of international participation at major U.S. industry trade shows.

“With 96 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States, it’s imperative to provide opportunities for U.S. firms of all sizes to engage with potential partners from around the globe,” said Selig, “The IBP recruits foreign companies to attend U.S. trade shows in a variety of industry sectors and connects them with U.S. firms that offer the world-class products, technologies, and services that fit their customers’ needs. IBP’s help increase sales for U.S. companies therefore, growing their bottom line and creating jobs here at home.”

“Last year, the IBP brought more than 13,500 foreign buyers to 34 U.S. trade shows which resulted in more than $600 million in international sales for U.S. companies,” said Marcus Jadotte, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis. “Industry and trade experts across ITA support these events with robust data analysis to identify top markets for U.S. products and services, and assist U.S. companies with entering into those markets.”

The 2016 IBP selections cover exports in a broad range of manufacturing and service sectors, including agribusiness, consumer goods, energy, and recreational transportation, franchising, information technologies, and travel and tourism.

Some of the trade shows selected for the 2016 IBP include:

  • International Production & Processing Expo – January 26-28 – Atlanta
  • World of Concrete 2016 – February 2-5 – Las Vegas
  • DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition – February 9-11 – Orlando, Fla.
  • Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show – February 11-15 – Miami
  • Natural Products Expo West/Engredea 2016 – March 10-13 – Anaheim, Calif.
  • 2016 Offshore Technology Conference – May 2–5 – Houston
  • WasteExpo 2016 – June 7-9 – Las Vegas
  • International Woodworking Fair, LLC – August 24-27 – Atlanta
  • Farm Progress Show – August 31-September 1 – Boone, Iowa
  • WEFTEC 2016: Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference – September 24-28 – New Orleans
  • MINExpo International 2016 – September 26-28 – Las Vegas
  • Solar Power International – October 17-20 – Las Vegas

ITA’s team of international trade specialists develop customized itineraries for participating U.S. businesses to meet with targeted international companies at each IBP show. U.S. clients are provided hands-on expertise and assistance throughout the events.

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