2019 SEMA Middle East Business Development Program
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
March 26-31, 2019

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2019 SEMA Middle East Business Program

$4,600 per company (this fee covers one participant and includes 5 nights hotel, booth/exhibition fees, meals and transportation within the UAE; $1,250 each additional participant. Grant for qualifying companies: $750 for a total fee of $3,850 per company for the first participant for grant recipients).

PLEASE NOTE: ATTENDANCE AT THE SHOWS: Participants are expected to exhibit at the Custom Show Emirates. SEMA heavily promotes the brands attending and so the buyers -- many traveling from great distances -- are dissapointed if a brand's booth is empty. Failure to show up at the exhibition(s) will result in the company being ineligible to participate on future trips.  


Please select Number of Staff Attending: *
Representative One:
Contact Info for the First Attendee:
Representative Two:
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Representative Three:
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Representative Four:
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SEMA / ITA Partnership - U.S. Government Grants for SEMA Members
The U.S. Department of Commerce has partnered with SEMA to promote and subsidize the participation of U.S. specialty equipment companies at the SEMA Middle East Business Development Tour. Firms that certify that the products promoted at the SEMA Middle East Business Development Tour contain a minimum of 51% U.S. content may be eligible for a $750 grant for qualifying companies.
  Questions? Contact lindas@sema.org.

MDCP Grant Application

As a result of SEMA’s recent designation as a Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant winner by the U.S. Department of Commerce, you may be eligible for a rebate of $750 of the fees paid to participate in the 2019 SEMA Middle East trip. These funds would be used to defray the cost of participating, reducing the fees from a base price of the event to $3,850 (per company one participant) if participating on the entire program

2.      Eligibility Requirements

The grant is available to U.S. exporters seeking to export a good or service produced in the United States based on the following definitions:

1. U.S. exporters seeking to export a good or service produced in the United States based on the following definitions:  U.S. exporter: a. U.S. citizen; or b. a corporation, partnership or other association created under the laws of the United States or of any State; or c. entity 95% U.S.-owned.


2. Produced in the United States: a. of U.S. origin; or b. labeled “Made in USA” or; c. containing at least  51% percent U.S. content (including material, labor, equipment and factory overhead, R&D, design, intellectual property, as well as U.S.-sourced administrative, marketing, sales, distribution and other costs).

I understand that this certification, as defined above, is a requirement to receive the grant described above.

3.      Keeping Track of How We Are Doing

Our partner, ITA, is tasked by the U.S. Congress to help U.S. companies be more competitive. One of the proven methods to increasing the health of your firm is to diversify your customer base, which can have the benefit of adding to your bottom line, lead to product improvement and innovative ideas—even in the United States—and better position your firm to ride out future economic downturns. Therefore a good indicator of a firm’s competitiveness is a company’s exports. SEMA and the ITA want to know how we are doing.

Participants receiving these subsidies agree to participate in periodic surveys conducted by SEMA—upon returning to the United States and then quarterly for a one-year period post-event.  This information will only be used in the aggregate and as always, proprietary information is never released publicly without your written permission.

(1)   The dollar value and number of Middle East- bound export sales (deliveries or contracts for goods or services).   Please share any information such as a non-proprietary description of the type of good or service sold, its application, steps you took to make the sale, etc.

(2)   Export-related agreements you conclude such as signing an agent or distributor.

(3)   Value of any trade complaint or difficulty in getting your product to market you are able to resolve as a result of help from SEMA or ITA

(4)   Other relevant information you care to share with us such as staff hired or re-assigned to exporting.

(5)   Other examples of your success in developing business in the Middle East.

4.      Export Achievement Awards

SEMA members with the highest reported export success in the Middle East through participation in these SEMA initiatives become eligible for recognition by a top Commerce official with an Export Achievement Award certificate.

I agree to the terms of the participation agreement with SEMA as set forth above.


SEMA Middle East Business Development Tour/Exhibiting at Custom Show Emirates AND NOT APPLYING FOR THE GRANT--(Please select one from the following options) $4,600 for the first participant/$1250 each additional: Note: if you would like to self-certify for a grant please scroll up and check the box that you would like to apply for federal funds
SEMA Middle East Business Development Tour/Exhibiting at Custom Show Emirates AND SELF CERTIFYING/QUALIFYING FOR THE GRANT $4,600 for the first participant, $1250 each additional participant and $750 off for the grant (Please select one from the following options):
NEW FOR 2019: We are pleased to offer the option of a larger booth at this year's show.  The standard size to secure extra booth space by increasing your booth size to a maximum of two 3x3 meter booths, side by side. *
If your company is participating for the first time in the SEMA Middle East program, were you referred by one of your peers? *
If yes, what is the company name and contact who referred you?

SEMA will invoice you for program fees. Please provide the name and contact info for the billing contact.

Please note that if you cancel your registration 30 days prior to the start of the trip, SEMA will refund your registration fee minus a $1,000 cancellation fee. Should you cancel your registration within 30 days of the beginning of the trip you will be liable for the full amount *
Questions? Contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org.