The ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008 and co-located IFPE 2008 expositions have been selected by the US Department of Commerce to participate in its International Buyer Program (IBP). The IBP will help bring international attendees to the shows and facilitate connections with exhibitors wanting to enter the global marketplace.
A few chosen expositions are named to the IBP each year based on their status as quality events serving industries with strong export potential. Around 20% of show attendance to the events is expected to come from outside the states. The IBP will promote the March 11-15 trade show to a worldwide audience.
As part of the program, ConExpo and IFPE 2008 will operate an International Trade Center during the shows, with services to include interpreters, a separate registration area, message centers, phone/fax/e-mail, meeting rooms and a lounge area. The shows will also provide assistance with travel and housing arrangements for international delegations. An Export Opportunities Guide will be produced for distribution onsite and to Commerce Department international posts.