• US Commercial Service Illinois Trade Events

    top banner

    Illinois Trade Events and Opportunities

    Below is a list of upcoming international trade events, which our office is organizing or co-sponsoring/supporting. We hope that you will be able to join us for at least one of them. 
    Connect with us on social media @USCommercialSvc for our latest updates and resources.
    If you have any questions or would like to share helpful resources, please connect with us. We look forward to working with you soon!

    IMA features CS Illinois in Quarterly Publication

    The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) featured the Commercial Service in their recent first quarter publication of The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine. Page 22 highlights our organization, some of our services, and our two Illinois U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Chicago and Peoria.
    Published Quarterly, The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine offers insight into issues facing manufacturers through out the state. To learn more, visit the IMA website: https://ima-net.org/ 
    Reach out to your local CS Chicago or CS Peoria trade specialist to learn how the Commercial Service can help your company do business globally. 

    Featured Event

    Doing Business with the U.K. - Webinar 
    Please join officials from the Governments of the U.S. and U.K. on February 25th for the latest information on doing business with the United Kingdom. This program will provide up-to date perspectives on key U.K. opportunities for U.S. exporters, the Brexit process,
    and how U.S. industry has approached this market. Govt. speakers will be joined by
    a speaker from Populous, who will share how the firm successfully completed a state-of-the-art stadium for the Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 and has pivoted to address
    unprecedented industry challenges stemming from COVID-19.

    The U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center teams in Kansas City welcome
    Midwestern exporters to participate in this dynamic and timely discussion. Click Here to Register

    Questions? Contact Joshua Kaplan at 804-461-9324 or Joshua.Kaplan@trade.gov

    New Video on trade.gov: Introduction to Letters of Credit

    Globe with arrows   Getting paid is a top concern for many exporting companies. Letters of credit are a useful tool to make sure your business is protected while offering appealing terms to foreign buyers. Our latest video tells you what you need to know. Watch now. 

    New Market Intelligence for Your Export Planning  

    Check out these new reports for insight into international opportunities. They are produced by U.S. Commercial Service trade experts at U.S. embassies and consulates.   

    Opportunities and Virtual Events

    Doing Business in Africa Infrastructure Webinar 
    The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), representing leading U.S. infrastructure firms Acrow Bridge, Bechtel Overseas Corporation and Rendeavour Inc., and project development firm ABD Group, will host a free webinar on Thursday, February 11th, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. CST. The webinar will explore keys to success in doing business in Africa in the infrastructure sector and will feature an interactive Q&A, including U.S. Commerce Dept. Deputy Asst. Secretary for Mideast-Africa . PAC-DBIA Success Report
    Register Here

    Power Sector Opportunities in South Africa – Part II: Gas and Municipal Power Opportunities
    Power Africa, including the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, are hosting a webinar series for U.S. companies to showcase a variety of ender and procurement opportunities in the South African power sector. The webinar discussions also include an overview of the U.S. Government tools and resources available to U.S. companies during the project development stage.
    This February 16th webinar will focus on South Africa’s plans to procure 3,000+ MW of gas for power generation, as well as the country’s new amendment that allows municipalities to develop their own power generation projects. 
    Register Here

    Doing Business in Europe Webinar Series
    US Commercial Service's Europe Team invites U.S. exporters to join us for market briefings with our U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe. Each session will cover the current status of the market, key target sectors, new procedures or guidelines, and developing trends. Speakers include U.S. government officials and private sector representatives. Register today!
    The webinar schedule includes: 
    • Doing Business in Spain  - February 23
    • Doing Business in Italy - March 18
    • Doing Business in Germany - April 15
    • Doing Business in Russia - May 13

    ACE/AES Export Compliance Seminar
    Two half-day webinars (February 23-24, 2021) covering the following export compliance topics:
    • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)/ Automated Export System (AES) Direct Filings
    • The U.S. Census Bureau’s new COVID-19 Interactive Data Hub
    • Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and an update on the latest regulatory changes
    • Commodity Classification (i.e. Schedule B) guidance and tips and the Global Market Finder
    • Export Reports feature in ACE to manage your company’s filings and compliance
    • U.S. Export Controls Updates from Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    Location: Virtual | Registration Deadline: February 19, 2021 | Dates: February 23 & 24, 2021 Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern | Cost: $85 | More Information: Charlotte.Conerly@trade.gov

    Medical Waste Opportunities in China
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service in Beijing, in partnership with the Environmental Technologies Team, on February 25 for a webinar highlighting medical waste treatment technology opportunities for U.S. exporters in China. The webinar will feature industry experts discussing insights on the market, relevant medical waste regulations and standards, and will highlight opportunities for U.S. exporters of medical waste treatment technologies and services.
    Register Here

    Virtual Connections: Sub-Saharan Africa
    Get ready to do business in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, and Tanzania.
    Join us on March 9th for a webinar to introduce U.S. water technology companies to business opportunities in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. This webinar is ideal for companies involved in irrigation, water conservation, filtration, purification, de-salination, software, sensors, localized energy sources to run irrigation, and related sectors.
    Following the program, up to 10 eligible US Companies can sign up for a separate virtual introduction program designed to connect businesses to decision makers and buyers to start doing business in the region. Cost: $25 For questions: Susan.Murray@trade.gov
    Register today!

    UAE Virtual Infrastructure Summit
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service on March 15th as we explore UAE’s 10 year forecast for infrastructure development and priority sectors. UAE’s Ministries of Economy, Industry and Advanced Technology,  Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and Emirates Health Services Establishment will discuss and present projects from four key segments: Oil & Gas, Healthcare Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi PPPs and Smart Cities.
    Register Here

    Virtual Security Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
    Join the United States Department of Commerce’s Virtual Security Trade Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, March 7-12, 2021.  The mission will focus on opportunities in Regional Security, Digital Security, and Infrastructure Security.  The purpose of the mission is to leverage the regional political and economic climate and include both the Western Hemisphere Deal Team and America Crece Initiatives to advance the U.S. Administration’s goals of reducing and stopping the flow of migration from Central America through economic growth and job creation.
    Dates: March 7-12, 2021 Apply Now, Space is Limited
    For questions regarding this program, please contact April.Redmon@trade.gov

    Saudi Arabia Virtual Infrastructure Summit
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service on March 16th as we explore Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program and the 10 year forecast for infrastructure development and giga-projects in four priority sectors. Saudi Arabia’s Ministries of Commerce, ICT, Municipalities, Tourism and Transport will present on upcoming projects.
    Register Here

    Beauty and Personal Care Products: Opportunities in Southeast Asia
    With approximately 650 million consumers, a regional economy worth $3.0 trillion, and GDP growth of 4.5 percent in 2019, Southeast Asia is third fastest growing market for U.S. beauty and personal care exports, following China and India.
    Join us at this March 18th webinar to learn about opportunities in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia and the assistance available to U.S. exporters. Questions?  Contact: Bobby Hines or Tracy Gerstle
    There is no fee to Register

    Caribbean Region Trade Mission - May 2021
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is organizing a trade mission to the Caribbean region that will include the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 23-28, 2021.
    The goal of the mission is to help participating U.S. companies find potential partners, buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners in Barbados/Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago, laying the foundation for successful long-term ventures to take advantage of market opportunities in the Caribbean region. During the mission, the delegation will have access to US&FCS commercial officers, commercial specialists, and Department of State economic/commercial officers from the markets in the region. For questions regarding this program, please contact Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov 
    Register your interest

    Cyber Security Business Development Mission to South America
    This mission aims to introduce U.S. firms and trade associations to some of South America's most rapidly growing information and communication technology (ICT), security, and critical infrastructure protection markets. It will assist U.S. companies in finding business partners to which they may export their products and services to the region.
    New Dates: October 18-25, 2021 Apply Now, Space is Limited

    For questions regarding this program, please contact Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov

    Virtual Services to Help You Export

    Connecting you to business opportunities in markets around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible is a priority for the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) – especially during challenging times. Take advantage of our menu of virtual export promotion services, and learn more about our refund policy to help you export with peace of mind.