Certified Trade Fair Program
(trade event) The U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Trade Fair Program is designed to encourage private organizations to recruit new-to-market and new-to-export U.S. firms to exhibit in trade fairs overseas. To receive certification, the organization must demonstrate: (1) the fair is a leading international trade event for an industry and (2) the fair organizer is capable of recruiting U.S. exhibitors and assisting them with freight forwarding, customs clearance, exhibit design and setup, public relations, and overall show promotion. The show organizer must agree to assist new-to-export exhibitors as well as small businesses interested in exporting.
In addition to the services the organizer provides, the Department of Commerce will:
1) Assign a Washington coordinator.
2) Operate a business information office, which provides meeting space, translators, hospitality, and assistance from U.S. exhibitors and foreign customers.
3) Help contact buyers, agents, distributors, and other business leads and provide marketing assistance.
4) Provide a press release on certification.
Contact the U.S. Department of Commerce; 1401 Constitution Ave., NW; Washington, DC 20230 USA; Tel:  (202) 482-2000; Web: www.export.gov/tradeevents/index.asp. See new-to-market; new-to-export.