Green Industries Trade Mission to Europe: April 2010

FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service are working together on a Green Industries Trade Mission (GITM) to Europe scheduled for April 11–16, 2010, with the objective of helping U.S. businesses expand internationally in this thriving market.

Who should apply? Best prospects include businesses that work in the areas of:

  • Sustainable building-construction equipment and services
  • Renewable energy used in construction (solar-thermal, photovoltaic, heating pumps)
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Insulation materials and glass
  • Waste treatment
  • Architectural services
  • Engineering services
  • Environmental and alternative energy products and services

The mission is designed to help delegates:

  • Assess the business climate in selected European countries.
  • Become better informed on market-entry strategies and European Union (EU) Product Certification and Standards.
  • Identify potential business partners (e.g., joint venture partners, agents, buyers, distributors or representatives) through private one-on-one meetings with prescreened candidates.
  • Engage with industry and government leaders in Europe.


It’s really three trade missions in one:

The GITM offers delegates a customized trade mission experience. Through a combination of group and individualized activities, delegates will gain both a macro and micro understanding of the opportunities that Europe offers American companies.

All delegates will start their trade mission experience at the inaugural session in Paris on April 11 and 12. The Paris activities begin with participation in a U.S. Commercial Service-led conference that showcases American solutions and offerings in the green/sustainable industry sectors. Other Paris opportunities include educational sessions and networking receptions with business and government officials.

April 13 - April 16, delegates will travel to their choice of two countries1 (possibilities include France, Germany, Italy, Nordics, or United Kingdom) for two days of in-country activities. These activities may include meetings with key business contacts, government officials, trade specialists and U.S. executives already successfully operating in the country, as well as private one-on-one meetings with potential business partners arranged for you by the U.S. Commercial Service.

For example, a delegate may spend April 11-12 in Paris for the opening conference, travel to London for a series of in-country matchmaking activities on April 13-14, and then travel to Milan for another series of in-country matchmaking activities on April 15-16. Another delegate may spend April 11-12 in Paris for the opening conference, stay in Paris for in-country matchmaking activities on April 13-14, and then travel to Frankfurt for another series of in-country matchmaking activities on April 15-16. The U.S. Commercial Service staff in the U.S. and Europe will help delegates evaluate the countries (again, possibilities include France, Germany, Italy, Nordics, or United Kingdom) that provide the best opportunities.


For a quick, downloadable overview of the trade mission, see the Green Industries Trade Mission Flyer.


The participation fee was $1,500 per trade mission delegate, and travel costs were not included in this fee.


For answers to specific questions not found on this site, please contact the FedEx Trade Promotion team via e-mail: bbbowers@fedex.com or by phone: 1.866.790.5043.


To read frequently asked questions, review the itinerary or apply for the trade mission, click on the links below.




   

1The trade mission itinerary is subject to change; FedEx maintains the right to determine the final schedule.