U.S. exporters can now have international trade show exposure without traveling to another country, said Amy Shaughnessy, field technology leader of the Commercial Service, a division of the Department of Commerce.

The Commercial Service is offering E-Expo USA, an on-line interactive catalogue service, to small- and medium-sized export firms that don’t have the funds to exhibit at large trade shows, Ms. Shaughnessy told businesspeople at a Georgia Tech conference on international e-commerce last week.

This week E-Expo will assist 23 U.S. companies in showing their products and making contacts with buyers at Japantex 2000, Japan’s national interior fabrics trade show. Only three of the U.S. companies will also have exhibit booths at the event, which will be attended by 32,000 buyers and exhibitors from different parts of the world.

Four of the U.S. companies will have representatives at the show while 16 will have solely electronic presences, Ms. Shaunessy said.

Buyers will be able to interact with exporters on-line before, during and up to one year after the trade show and information will be translated into Japanese, Korean and other languages, she said.    E-Expo will also be participating in the Ideal Home Show in London, March 16-April 9, and the Globe 2000 environmental industry trade show, March 22-24 in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Companies can register to take part in E-Expo on its web site, located at http://expo.qsi.com

For more information, call Joel Reynoso at (202) 482-3176 or send an e-mail to Joel.Reynoso@mail.doc.gov