Trade Show Organizers
Benefits of participating in the International Buyer Program (IBP) include:
IBP Track Record of Success
In 2011, the U.S. Commercial Service’s International Buyer Program (IBP) recruited nearly 13,500 prospective buyers from international markets to come to participating U.S. trade events to meet U.S. exporters. As a result, the IBP generated over $900 million in exports in 2011 – a 10 percent increase over 2010. Over 49 percent of these successes were by U.S. firms that exported to a new market.
The comparative advantage of the IBP versus other B2B matchmaking service offerings is it enables U.S. companies to meet a breadth of prospective buyers from around the world all in one domestic venue. Given this, there is significant demand from U.S. trade show organizers to participate in the IBP. Between 2010 and 2012, the percentage of repeat IBP applicants exceeded 60 percent, indicating strong customer satisfaction among our trade show organizer clients.
Calendar Year 2015 International Buyer Program Application Period Now Open!
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 20, 2013
The International Buyer Program is now accepting applications for the CY2015 International Buyer Program for trade events taking place between January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Details regarding the application, eligibility, participation requirements, and selection process are provided in the Federal Register Notice below.
To be considered for the 2015 IBP, applicants need only submit a completed application form (see below) by December 20, 2013. There is no fee to apply. However, a participation fee will be required if accepted into the program.
Should the applicant be accepted into the program, a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with applicable program fee will be required within 45 days of the written notification of acceptance into the 2015 IBP. A sample MOA is provided through the link below for reference purposes only. The MOA outlines the terms of participation that accepted applicants must commit to if accepted into the program. The Federal Register Notice sets forth objectives, procedures and application review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the IBP.
Please contact the International Buyer Program for further information.