U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA): Often, U.S. firms find that they can save time and money by attending USTDA events, where all of the key officials associated with current projects in particular sectors (such as renewable energy, electric power, and climate change) and various countries are gathered at one time.
For example, reverse trade missions are carefully planned visits to the United States to enable foreign delegates to observe the design, manufacture, demonstration, and operation of U.S. goods and services that potentially can help them achieve their development goals. These missions also present excellent opportunities for U.S. businesses to establish or enhance relationships with prospective overseas customers and clients.
Similarly, USTDA sponsors conferences on planned or potential overseas development projects that represent export opportunities for U.S. companies. These activities facilitate discussions on U.S. technology options to achieve sustainable development in our overseas partner countries, legal and regulatory barriers to infrastructure development, and financing mechanisms available for project implementation. Through these events, USTDA provides a forum for U.S. companies to highlight their goods, services and technology and have one-on-one private sessions with foreign project sponsors and other potential customers.
U.S. Commercial Service: Through the International Buyer Program (IBP), thousands of qualified international buyers and prospective distributors and trade partners are brought to the United States each year to meet with U.S. companies at approximately 35 major trade-only exhibitions. The IBP is targeting an increasing number of RE&EE-related trade shows, and interest is growing from foreign buyers who are seeking U.S. RE&EE technologies and services.
The chances of finding the right international business partner greatly increases at a trade show that’s part of the IBP. Not only do companies meet more buyers, representatives, and distributors, but products and services can also be listed in the Export Interest Directory distributed to all international visitors.
U.S. exporters will also benefit from:
RE&EE exports in action
Here are some examples of recent reverse trade missions:
Where do I start?
Sign up for USTDA’s eNewsletter to monitor upcoming USTDA conferences and reverse trade missions for opportunities to meet directly with key foreign decision-makers. The eNewsletter provides regular updates including a link to USTDA's Events Calendar.
View the IBP list of trade shows in the coming year to find those in the RE&EE sector. The U.S. Commercial Service project officer and trade show organizer contact can provide you with additional information on the IBP and other international sales and marketing initiatives at the show.
To receive counseling on how the programs listed here can help you achieve your international sales goals, please contact your local U.S. Commercial Service international trade specialist.
More trade events/exports counseling programs
Return to the online guide "Trade Events and Export Counseling" section to read more about programs that can help RE&EE exporters.