The International Buyer Program

Bringing International Buyers to U.S. Trade Shows

What’s New

2016 International Buyer Program Application Period Now Open!

The International Trade Administration is now accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) for trade events taking place between January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Details regarding the application, eligibility, participation requirements, and selection process are provided in the Federal Register Notice below. The deadline for applying to the International Buyer Program for 2016 events is Monday, December 22, 2014


To be considered for the 2016 IBP, applicants need to submit a completed application form via courier service (ie. FedEx, UPS) to the IBP office at the following address:

Vidya Desai, Acting Director IBP

Ronald Reagan Building

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Mezzanine Level, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20004

Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and must be followed by signed original applications that are to be received no later than 5 business days after the application deadline. 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 30 days of the written notification of acceptance into the 2016 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.


The IBP expects to issue the results of this process in April 2015.

2016 Federal Register Notice

2016 Sample Memorandum of Agreement

2016 IBP Application

About the International Buyer Program

The IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies, and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers.

Whether you are a show organizer, U.S. exhibitor, or international buyer, we can help you grow your business.

Useful Links


International Buyer Program Trade Show Video Series

International Buyer Program Twitter Account

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