The U.S. Commercial Service in Kansas City, Missouri organizes and supports conferences, seminars, and events to educate our clients and promote international trade. Our goal is to help local U.S. exporters sell globally. A sampling of our events includes:

  • Executive briefings in our office with one of our visiting Commercial Service Officers from around the world.
  • Educational export seminars and online webinars.
  • Matchmaking and export counseling services at international trade shows overseas and the U.S.

By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.


September 28 – Doing Business with the Philippines

Join the World Trade Center Kansas City, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Kansas City, and the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City for a market briefing on Doing Business with the Philippines led by Ambassador Jose Lampe Cuisia, Jr. to explore the robust business opportunities between Kansas City and the Philippines.

When: September 28
8:30am Registration & Breakfast / 9 – 11am Program

Where : KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO

For more details and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doing-business-with-the-philippines-tickets-18372660121

October 6 – Doing Business with Brazil

Missouri International Trade & Investment Office invite you to join them and learn about opportunities for your company in Brazil. Mr. Fabio Yukio Yamada, Director, Missouri Office in Brazil will also be available for one-on-one appointments following the program

When: October 6
8:30 Registration / 9-11am Program

Where: World Trade Center Conference Room (Union Station)
30 West Pershing Road, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64108

Register online - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doing-business-with-brazil-tickets-18616647895

To schedule an appointment, contact paola.coronel@ded.mo.gov

October 22 – Doing Business with Mexico

Join Scarbrough International for an afternoon program on Doing Business with Mexico. Topics will include: NAFTA Compliance, Cross Border Transactions, New Mexican Regulations, and Current Industry Updates.

When: October 22
12:30 – 1:00pm Registration / 1:00-4:30pm Program
Networking reception following program – 4:30 – 5:30pm

Where: KCI Expo Center (Lobby Courtyard)
11730 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153

For more details and to register: www.scarbrough-intl.com/mexico-seminar

November 4 - Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Workshop

ACE is the technology foundation toward a “single window” to the U.S. government for both US import and export data. (U.S. exports to be implemented in the near future.) By the end of February 2016, all U.S. import electronic cargo releases, Customs entries and their related entry summary can only be filed in Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Ultimately, this will also include Partner Government Agency (PGA) data that is required at time of entry.

Please join us to learn more about ACE and work together to benchmark some of the best practices within the industry.


Tina Roth, Trade Compliance Manager, DeLaval Services LLC
Adam Hill, Vice President, Operations, Scarbrough International, Ltd.

When: November 4 / 8:30am – 4:30pm – Program starts at 9am.

Where: KC Chamber Boardroom (Union Station)
300 W. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Cost/Registration: $90 per participant / Register online - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/automated-commercial-environment-ace-workshop-tickets-18615272782

Discover Global Markets: Business Forum Series

Logo for the Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series

Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters
Connect to international customers via digital innovation, social media
and mobile marketing

When/Where: October 8 – 9 / Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Explore the e-commerce and digital strategies most important to American product and service exporters. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from The Baltics, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Eastern Europe, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, The Nordics, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UAE, The United Kingdom.

Discover Global Markets: Pacific Rim Consumers
Capturing Export Opportunities from Seoul to Santiago

When/Where: October 29 – 30 / Orange County, CA

Learn what consumers are buying, and how to sell to them. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from Australia, Burma, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, South Korea, Central America, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Mexico

For more details and to register: http://www.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/

HANNOVER MESSE 2016: Business Opportunities Await

April 25 – 29, 2016 / Hannover, Germany

The United States is the Partner Country for HANNOVER MESSE 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. This means unmatched international exposure for U.S. companies and economic development organizations (EDOs) participating as exhibitors in the U.S. Pavilion.

Experience the World's Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Technology. For more details, questions, and online registration – www.export.gov/hannovermesse


September 8 - December 8: Cuba Exporters Call-In Program – Teleconference

The Bureau of Industry (BIS) has scheduled monthly call-in programs to field questions from the exporting community concerning the Cuba rule published on January 16, 2015.  Upcoming program dates & times: 1:00pm CDT on September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.


Toll Number: 1-210-838-9521
Toll Free Number: 1-888-889-0538

Leader and Participant passcode: CUBA     

For more information on the current sanctions that are in place, see above under “Export News” or go to https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/country-guidance/sanctioned-destinations/cuba

September 30 @ 11:00am CDT: German & Czech Healthcare and Reimbursement – Webinar

Canada’s increasing demand for healthcare products and services makes it a promising target for U.S. healthcare firms. To successfully export medical devices to the Canadian market, it is crucial to understand Health Canada’s authorization process and how it reviews product safety, effectiveness and quality. Join the U.S. Commercial Service for this informative webinar featuring keynote speaker Nancy Shadeed, Special Advisor of Health Canada’s International Programs Division, as she guides you through the registration process and answers your specific questions. Cost to attend is $35, and registration can be completed here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q8E Contact Connie.Irrera@trade.gov with questions.

October 8 @ 12:00pm CDT: Cash-in Advance Payment Methods for U.S. Exporters & Opportunities in Americas

The Global Connect Finance Webinar Series is an online-based educational program designed to help U.S. exporters learn about a variety of financing tools, market intelligence, and industry data available to support their global business needs.

What you will learn on this webinar:

  • Cash-in-Advance payment alternatives for U.S. exporters' clients abroad.
  • Structure, fees, time and documentation to consider when using cash-in-advance payment methods.
  • How to minimize the risk of non-payment while avoiding losing a foreign buyer.
  • How to educate foreign buyers on paying in advance for the purchase of U.S. goods and services.
  • Western Hemisphere – Resources on how to expand exports to the region that attracts 42% of U.S. exports.
  • How to utilize the benefits of U.S. free trade agreements with the countries in this region.
  • How to tap into U.S. government programs and current initiates to explore these markets.

    Register online @ https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=6Q0E

October 13 @ 10:00am CDT: Recruiting Students from South Africa, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire - Webinar

Ghana and South Africa rank in the top five sending countries amongst all African countries of origin, and Ivoirian student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities has increased 38% in the past five years. Join us for this webinar to learn about opportunities and best practices for student recruitment in these important emerging markets. Information will also be shared about the March 2016 Education Trade Mission to these markets (see more details under the “Trade Missions” heading below.)

Fee: $30. Please register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=6Q0G. For question, contact: Marisa.Ring@trade.gov or Debra.Rogers@trade.gov

October 27 @ 12:00pm CDT: Doing Business with the Ontario Government: How to Prepare a Bid

Ontario offers one of the most open, accessible, and transparent public sector markets for U.S. goods and services. Knowing the customer is the first step to success and having a good understanding of the provincial procurement process can make this easier.

Register online @ https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=6Q0J


February 8-12 -- Smart Cities Infrastructure Trade Mission: India.
Contact Jessica Dulkadir at (202) 482-2026 or jessica.dulkadir@trade.gov or Camille Richardson at 91-22-2672-4215 or camille.richardson@trade.gov. Application deadline is November 10, 2015.

March 7-10 -- Education Mission to South Africa, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (optional).
Contact Jennifer Woods at Jennifer.Woods@trade.gov or (503) 326-5290 or Tyler Hacking at Tyler.Hacking@trade.gov or (954) 356-6645.
Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

May 16 – 24 -- Cyber-security Business Development Mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Contact Gemal Brangman at (202) 482-3773 or Gemal.brangman@trade.gov. Application deadline is March 4, 2016.

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