Matchmaker trade delegations enable new-to-export and new-to-market firms to meet pre-screened prospects who are interested in their products or services in overseas markets. Matchmaker delegations usually target major markets in two countries and limit trips to a week or less. U.S. firms can interview a maximum number of prospective business partners with a minimum of time away from the office. Thorough briefings on market requirements and business practices and interpreters' services are provided. Delegation members pay their own expenses. For further information, call Export Promotion Services, International Trade Administration, (202) 482-4457.
About 80 international worldwide events are selected annually for recruitment by the Commerce Department or by the private sector under the Commerce's certification program. Exhibitors receive pre- and post-event logistical and transportation support, design and management of the USA pavilion, and extensive overseas market promotional campaigns to attract appropriate business audiences. For further information on trade fairs and exhibitions, call the Trade Information Center, (800) 872-8723.
The ITA also publishes The Export Promotion Calendar, a quarterly publication listing trade shows, trade fairs, seminars, and other events by industry, with dates and contact numbers.