Exporting matters! It matters to firms that profit from exporting and it also matters to the national economy as a whole. Federal, state and local governments devote billions of dollars each year to encourage exporting among firms of all sizes and in all sectors. here's how RTM, hosted by USTDA can help you grow your business and strengthen the American economy.
Reverse trade missions provide unique opportunities to foster business relationships and build long-lasting partnerships between U.S. businesses and our overseas partners. During the past year, USTDA hosted more than 50 reverse trade missions to introduce U.S. businesses to more foreign delegates and business opportunities than ever before.
A key part of USTDA’s support of the National Export Initiative, these carefully planned missions enable foreign delegates to visit the U.S. to observe first-hand the design, manufacture, and demonstration of goods and services that can help the delegates achieve their development goals. The reverse trade missions are planned to target current and near-term business opportunities, creating immediate results and export successes for U.S. businesses.
This past year, USTDA introduced more than 600 foreign delegates to more than 1,000 U.S. company representatives across the United States. These foreign delegates included ministers, mayors, and senior governmental and private sector officials from emerging markets.
Here are just a few of the upcoming reverse trade mission:
Kazakhstan Gas Utilization Reverse Trade Mission
Dates: February 19-March 1, 2012
Locations: Washington, D.C.; Houston, TX
This Reverse Trade Mission will focus on state-of-the-art U.S. technologies, equipment, and services in gas utilization including the capture of vented gas, gas processing, electric power production from gas, small scale liquefaction, and gas distribution to assist Kazakhstan with reducing gas flaring and increasing gas distribution. Delegates will include representatives from the Kazakhstan Ministry of Oil and Gas, KazMunaiGas (KMG), KazTransGaz, NIPi Neftegas and KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production (KMG EP). The visit will feature meetings with U.S. companies and associations and site visits in Washington, DC, and Houston, TX.
The visit will also include a Business Briefing, which will offer U.S. companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the delegates and hear detailed presentations on upcoming plans and procurement opportunities in gas utilization in Kazakhstan.
The Business Briefing will take place February 27, 2012, in Houston, TX.
For more information about the Kazakhstan Gas Utilization Reverse Trade Mission, please contact Ms. Andrea Klein of Meridian International Center by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org  or by phone at (202) 939-5899.
South Africa Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission
Dates: February 21-March 1, 2012
Locations: Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and Atlanta, GA
This Reverse Trade Mission will focus on state-of-the-art U.S. technologies, equipment, and services, as well as policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms that can support the implementation of smart grid projects in South Africa. Delegates will include representatives from South Africa’s municipal electricity distribution utilities, Eskom, and NERSA. The visit will feature meetings with U.S. companies and site visits in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and Atlanta, GA.
The visit will also include a Business Briefing, which will offer U.S. companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the delegates and hear detailed presentations on upcoming plans and procurement opportunities in South Africa's smart grid sector.
The Business Briefing will take place February 24, 2012, at the USTDA Business Center. Registration for the Business Briefing will be available shortly at www.trademeetings.com .
For more information about the South Africa Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission, please contact Pamela Peseux of MFM Lamey Group by e-mail at email@example.com  or by phone at +1.866.636.7350 (Toll Free in the U.S. and Canada) or +1.202.347.2725.
Latin America and Caribbean Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative – Mexico Delegation
Dates: March 12-21, 2012
Locations: Washington D.C.; Houston, TX; and Phoenix, AZ
The last of three visits to be carried out as part of USTDA’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative for Latin America, this Reverse Trade Mission will be comprised of leading Mexican private and public sector decision makers in the intelligent transportation field. The goal of the initiative is to familiarize senior Latin American officials and project sponsors with U.S. technologies and best practices with respect to intelligent transportation systems through three separate visits to the United States for delegates from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, respectively. Each visit schedule includes meetings with U.S. industry, financial institutions, and U.S. government agencies to exchange information with regard to the commercial, technological, regulatory, and financial aspects associated with intelligent transportation systems.
A Business Briefing will be held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
USTDA is working with Koeppen, Elliott & Associates, Ltd. to organize this reverse trade mission series. For more information, please contact David Elliott or Michael Koeppen of Koeppen, Elliott & Associates, Ltd. by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org  or by phone at (202) 429-5245.
View other reverse trade missions on USTRA event calendar http://www.ustda.gov/news/