Trade Team Invitational Helps Build Relationships Between Buyers and Sellers

By - Monday, July 30, 2018

The annual Trade Team Invitational (TTI) that takes place at each year’s U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show helps to build personal relationships between buyers and sellers.

The TTI is USSEC’s annual buyer / seller speed meeting where exporters are encouraged to sign up in advance to meet directly with trade teams, which are broken up by country and buyer type. The buyers and sellers meet privately during the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange (GTE). Exporters who have previously signed up to meet with these teams meet with and privately present to buyers for 30 minutes. These brief meetings help to quickly connect exporters to qualified international buyers.

USSEC is expecting in excess of 220 trade team members from the trade teams listed below.

  • Pakistan & Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India
  • China Food Team
  • China Bulk Team
  • Soybean Oil Refiners – Vessel
  • Korea Food Bean Buyers – Container
  • Taiwan Crusher – Vessel and Container
  • Taiwan Soy Food Team
  • Japan Crushers
  • Japan Soy Food Team
  • Americas Trade Team
  • Southern Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • Black Sea / Mediterranean
  • Egypt / Arabian Peninsula
  • Southeast Asia Ag Importers
  • Southeast Asia Food
  • West Africa Feed

In response to exporter and buyer feedback, the TTI and the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange (GTE) will follow a different format this year.

This year, the TTI will be held concurrent to the GTE and will not be a separate one-day event.

The TTI will be broken up into two days and will be held simultaneously with the GTE. The first day of GTE sessions, Wednesday, August 29, will focus on issues relating to bulk and commodity soybeans, and specialty soybean buyers’ speed meetings will be held. On Thursday, August 30, the second day’s GTE sessions will focus primarily on specialty products and containerized shipping, and the commodity buyers’ TTI meetings will be held.

Registration for the TTI is open to U.S. exporters and is integrated with the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange (GTE) registration, meaning that you will need to be registered for the GTE in order to sign up for the TTI. Those exporters who have registered for the GTE have already exclusively received the buyers’ list. Registration for the TTI will be open through Friday, August 3.

To register for the GTE, please visit https://www.grainconference.org/attendee-registration.

For more information, please contact Will McNair or Eric Gibson.