Looking for more opportunities to find foreign buyers or partners? As part of your export planning, consider joining a U.S. Department of Commerce trade mission. U.S. businesses are organized to travel to foreign countries, and are led by industry experts or senior officials. In these markets, mission participants meet one-on-one with pre-screened international business people identified by our in-country commercial staff at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Trade missions can save companies valuable time and resources by maximizing their contact with prospective distributors, sales representatives, or partners. Face-to-face meetings, especially when facilitated by senior U.S. government officials, can make a good impression with foreign buyers. Learn more by viewing Trade Missions, the fourth of five videos in the Finding Foreign Buyers set.
Last Published: 6/14/2018

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U.S. Department of Commerce Organized Trade Missions

Each year, numerous U.S. companies participate in Department of Commerce organized trade missions. Leverage new trade leads, partnering opportunities, and international sales through these trade mission benefits: 
  • One-to-one meetings with foreign industry executives and government officials, pre-screened to match your specific business objectives whether for representation, direct sales or joint ventures in the local market.
  • Networking events with guests from local industry multipliers including chambers of commerce, associations and business councils influential in the business community.
  • Briefings and roundtables with the legal and business community on local business practices and opportunities.
  • Site visits to local facilities where your technologies/services may be applied.
  • ​Media coverage.

Certified Trade Missions

The Department of Commerce also certifies trade missions organized by state and private sector organizations, and hosted by Department of Commerce Commercial Service overseas offices.

Get Help

Export.gov, the U.S. federal government’s export portal, links to many resources, including the following: 

  • Webinars provide insight on how to maximize participation in trade missions and international trade shows.


Trade Missions