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.
2014 International Buyer Program Annual Application Period is Now Closed.
The U.S. Commercial Service expects to issue the results of this process by May 2013. If you applied and are accepted into the CY 2014 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 2014 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 (available through the link below) 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.
2015 International Buyer Program
The next opportunity to apply to the International Buyer Program is expected to be in September 2013 for trade events taking place January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Information regarding the annual open application period for the CY 2015 program will be posted on this website.