Trade Missions


Trade Events Around the World Trade Mission Calendar - High Level Events

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Scroll down for news on our trade promotion partners and for explanation of the different types of trade events.

ITA has Two Partners to help promote Government Sponsored Trade Events. TSCentral and TSNN

The TSCentral web site represents the next generation of trade and professional event resources. Each month, thousands of web visitors go to TSCentral to find new ways to add value to their trade or professional event participation. Now that site has a section where those interested in trade events can find our Government sponsored trade events. Go to the TSCentral home page at and click on the "browse by Industry binoculars" on the top right of the home page. Then select Public Administration and Government category, and then US Government sponsored Events -- to view over 200 DOC and Federal government listings. These listings match the events we have in our own US DOC Trade Events Calendar.

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The mission of TSNN (Trade Show News Network) is to aggressively promote the entire trade show industry to a global audience of business leaders, decision makers, purchasing agents, and consumers, while dramatically increasing the value and measurability of participation in trade shows. TSNN postings include information from Official Government Programs from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The California Office of Export Development, and Small Business Administration's Business Development Centers. TSNN also includes a section that provides access to a trade show expert, online tips for exhibitors, and online tips for attendees.

To access Government events go to the TSNN home page at and select Government as an Industry type. To access just those in the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Events Database go to the TSNN home page and select U.S. Department of Commerce as an industry type. To access the Commerce Trade Events Database directly from the DOC Trade Mission website go directly to

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Departmental Trade Mission Policy

On March 3, 1997, Commerce Secretary William Daley unveiled a comprehensive Departmental policy governing all aspects of trade missions from private-sector recruitment to post-mission reports. The policy, the result of a thirty-day review of the procedures, rules and criteria for trade missions, has been implemented and covers all Commerce Department trade missions.

The policy entitled Statement of Policy Governing Department of Commerce Overseas Trade Missions sets forth objective guidelines to ensure that all decisions regarding trade missions are based upon appropriate criteria related to the underlying public policy. The policy stipulates that relevant documentation related to trade missions will be available to the public. A comprehensive discussion of the trade mission authorization process, the recruitment and selection of private-sector participants for missions, the mission costs and post-mission reports also are covered by criteria outlined in the new policy.

The policy includes an express prohibition against consideration of referrals from political parties or references to political contributions or political activities. The policy specifies that any such correspondence will be returned to the sender and "will make clear that political affiliation, activities or contributions are simply not relevant to the selection process."

In releasing the report, Secretary Daley noted the important role trade missions play in the Department’s efforts to work with American business to promote exports. "Economic prosperity depends upon our ability to compete effectively in the global marketplace. Exports support 11.5 million jobs and fueled one-third of our total economic growth since 1993, creating 1.4 million high-wage, productive jobs. Export promotion, public-private partnerships and the Commerce Department’s overseas trade mission program are the essential cornerstones of the Clinton Administration’s National Export Strategy. These missions are structured to open markets, identify and secure export and investment opportunities for American businesses, and showcase American products, technology and expertise around the world in order to increase job opportunities for all Americans."