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December 05, 2014

2016 International Buyer Program Application Period Now Open

What is the IBP? The International Buyer Program (IBP) is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year, the IBP results in millions of dollars in new business for U.S. companies, and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers.

The International Trade Administration is now accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) for trade events taking place between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Details regarding the application, eligibility, participation requirements, and selection process are provided in the Federal Register Notice below. The deadline for applying to the International Buyer Program for 2016 events is Monday, December 22, 2014.

To be considered for the 2016 IBP, applicants need to submit a completed application form via courier service (i.e. FedEx, UPS) to the IBP office. Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and must be followed by signed original applications that are to be received no later than 5 business days after the application deadline. There is no fee to apply.

However, a participation fee will be required if accepted into the program.

Should the applicant be accepted into the program, a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) along with an applicable program fee will be required within 30 days of the written notification of acceptance into the 2016 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 sets forth objectives, procedures and application review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the IBP.

The IBP expects to issue the results of this process in April 2015.

Please contact IBP2016@trade.gov with any questions regarding this application process.

Application Documents and Links

2016 IBP Application

2016 IBP Sample Memorandum of Agreement

Federal Register Notice: Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Calendar Year 2016

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Mail Stop 10003, Washington, DC 20230; Phone:(202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887; Website: https://travel.trade.gov; Email: NTTOtrade.gov