Foreign Trade Missions & Shows
The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a global showcase for the aerospace industry and its reputation alone attracts a vast international audience. It provides the most diverse range of exhibitors from core sectors of the aerospace industry: Civil, Military, Space, Manufacturing Technology, Rotary and MRO. With over 1500 exhibitors from all over the world, it's a very effective and efficient way to meet with potential customers and suppliers. FIA is one of the biggest and best opportunities for the global aerospace community to come together. To support eligible small businesses in the aerospace industry, the Kansas Department of Commerce will provide exhibit opportunities under a Kansas Pavilion to eight Kansas aviation companies. Each participating company will receive exhibition assistance, and travel assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement.
Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, England (July 16 - July 22, 2018):
International Buyer Program
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. Participating U.S. companies will not only meet more pre-screened buyers, representatives and distributors, but their products and services can be listed in the Export Interest Directory and distributed to all international visitors. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies. For a list of upcoming trade shows, please visit the International Buyer Program website. Four funding opportunities will be made available to eligible small businesses. Each participating company will receive up to $300 in airfare assistance and $2,000 in exhibition assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement. Airfare expenses must meet the “Fly America” Guidelines.
Certified Trade Fairs
Every year the U.S. Department of Commerce certifies a variety of foreign trade shows to increase U.S. exports and to expand U.S. participation in overseas trade shows. U.S. companies will be eligible to exhibit under a U.S. Pavilion, receive counseling and assistance services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. For a list of upcoming certified trade shows, please visit U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Events website. Four funding opportunities will be made available to eligible small businesses. Each participating company will receive up to $3,500 in exhibition assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement.
U.S. Department of Commerce Organized Trade Missions (September 30, 2017 – September 29, 2019):
The U.S. Government, in keeping with the National Export Initiative, is committed to sponsoring an unprecedented number of trade missions focusing on the most innovative and competitive sectors of the U.S. economy. These trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that want to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients in their markets. For a list of upcoming trade missions, please visit U.S. Commercial Service’s Trade Mission website. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide one funding opportunities to assist eligible small businesses participating in U.S. Department of Commerce organized trade missions. A list of approved trade missions can be found by clicking on the link above. The participant will receive up to $2,500 in assistance toward trade mission cost in the form of post-activity reimbursement.
Kansas Trade Mission to China (TBD)
China is an important export market for Kansas, traditionally ranking as one of Kansas' top three trading partners. In 2016, Kansas exports to China reached $745MM. To further increase Kansas exports to China, the Kansas Department of Commerce will lead a group of six eligible small businesses to visit the country. The delegation will include businesses from non-agricultural commodity industries. Each participating company will receive financial assistance in the form of post-activity reimbursement.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture will organize two trade missions to allow a total of 26 eligible small agricultural businesses to explore export opportunities in the following markets:
- Petfood Forum Aisa (Thailand)
- Beef Australia
- South Africa
International Trade Director
Kansas Department of Agriculture