The 2016 International Buyer Program (IBP) application period is now open. Interested shows have until Dec. 22 to apply.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program is a joint government-industry effort designed to increase U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major U.S. industry exhibitions.
Exhibitors are always looking to connect with qualified buyers. If your show has exhibitors who are interested in exporting their goods and connecting with pre-screened buyers from outside the U.S., you might want to take a close look at this program.
“Buyer delegates recruited by our locally engaged staff in over 70 markets are pre-screened to ensure they are the right fit for the show” said Vidya Desai, acting director of the IBP. “The locally engaged staff based in our Embassies and Consulates worldwide provide a unique value to show organizers, as they understand the industries and products in demand in their respective markets and network with industry associations in country to service the needs of foreign buyers.”
Just a few of the shows accepted in the program next year include International CES, World of Concrete, International Production & Processing Expo and Pack Expo Las Vegas.
“With attendees from more than 140 countries, the International CES is a proud participant in the International Buyer Program,
She added, “The program offers benefits to CES attendees including worldwide promotion of our event and recruitment of qualified international buyers, representatives, and distributors to attend.”
The IBP, with the help of Commerce Department trade specialists from around the nation, works to match U.S. companies exhibiting at your show with these vetted buyers, in hopes of increasing international sales for your U.S. exhibitors.
“Onsite at the 2015 CES, international trade specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce are available in the IBC (LVCC South Hall Connector, Room S224) to provide matchmaking assistance and export trade counseling to international attendees and exhibitors,” Dunion said.
For more information and to apply for the 2016 program, visit the International Buyer Program website at www.export.gov/ibp or contact IBP2016@trade.gov.
- Industry News