International Trade Administration Accepting Applications for International Buyer Program

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The International Trade Administration is accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) and IBP SELECT for trade events taking place between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec.31, 2018. Details regarding the application, eligibility, participation requirements, and selection process are provided in the Federal Register Notices at the link below. The deadline for applying to the IBP and IBP SELECT for 2018 events is January 6, 2017. Since we are running the application periods simultaneously for both CY2018 programs, an application must be submitted for both IBP AND IBP SELECT should an applicant wish to be considered for both.

To be considered for the 2018 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 applicable program fee will be required within 30 days of the written notification of acceptance into the 2018 IBP or IBP SELECT. Sample MOAs are provided through the link below for reference purposes only. The MOAs outline the terms of participation that accepted applicants must commit to if accepted into the program. The Federal Register Notices set forth objectives, procedures and application review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the IBP and IBP SELECT.

The IBP expects to issue the results of this process in April 2017.

Contact with any questions regarding the application process.

Application Documents & Links
2018 IBP and IBP SELECT application materials including Federal Register notices announcing the call for applications, the sample Memorandums of Agreement, and the application forms can be found at

About IBP
The International Buyer Program 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. 

Category: International Trade

Tags: International Trade, International Trade Administration, International Buyer Program