You may not know this, but NPE2009 is one of only about 35 trade shows being held in the United States this year that was chosen to participate in the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program. This honor bestows a number of benefits:
- First, U.S. Commercial Specialists located in dozens of countries have been recruiting overseas buyers to attend NPE2009.
- Second, as noted earlier on the NPE blog, a number of those Commercial Specialists will be escorting their delegations to NPE2009 and will be available for one-on-one meetings with U.S. exhibitors to discuss current market situations, export issues relevant to your firm and export opportunities in their markets. Be sure to register for these Showtime appointments.
- Third, even if they are not able to attend NPE2009, Commercial Specialists in approximately 60 countries have worked to prepare market reports that will be included on a CD that the Department of Commerce will distribute to U.S. exhibitors at the show.
And the best bit is that all of these services are provided free of charge.
If that was not enough, the International Trade Center, which is co-sponsored by SPI and the Commercial Services division of the Department of Commerce, will be hosting a number of events to promote plastics trade between the United States and the rest of the world:
Latin-America Networking Lunch
Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
This event is being held in conjunction with Seminarios Plástico and will feature a panel of U.S. Commercial Service Specialists from Latin-America who will provide a brief overview of market conditions and export opportunities in their respective countries. Following this presentation, attendees will be able to mingle with U.S. exhibitors interested in exporting to this region and guests from Latin-American countries.
Like all of the events being hosted by the International Trade Center, there is no charge to participate in this luncheon. However, space in the ballroom is limited, so only those with tickets will be admitted. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the International Trade Center (ITC) located in Room S100C in the South Hall. So please stop by the ITC to pick up your ticket.
International Reception and Plastics Design Competition Awards Ceremony
Location: West Ballroom
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
SPI invites all exhibitors and international attendees to the International Reception (5:00 – 6:30 p.m.). The reception will be immediately followed by the International Plastics Design Competition Awards Ceremony (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.). Click on the link above to obtain additional information concerning these events.
Asia Networking Reception
Location: The International Trade Center (S100C)
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Finally, the ITC invites all U.S. exhibitors and attendees from Asia to the Asia Networking reception. As SPI’s Senior Director, International Trade and Trade Counsel, I will begin the reception by providing a brief overview of market conditions in this region and export trends. In addition, U.S. Commercial Service Specialists from the region will be on hand to provide additional market insight and assistance. So come by the ITC to grab a drink and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with new and existing colleagues and business partners from Asia.
Outside of these events, the ITC will be staffed and equipped to assist you with your international trade questions and to promote business. Staff at the ITC will include representatives from SPI, U.S. Commercial Service Specialists and interpreters for several languages. International telephone service, computer stations, a fax machine, three meeting rooms that can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis and tea/coffee service and light snacks complete the package.
We look forward to welcoming you to the ITC!