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Export Excellence Award applications due Aug. 3

By The National Marine Manufacturers Association

This year`s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference is hosting the launch of a new export award, open to U.S. companies – the International Boating Magazine (IBI) Export Excellence Award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 3. The award recognizes excellence in export sales by U.S. boat builders or marine equipment manufacturers, distributors and manufacturer representatives of U.S. products.

The Export Excellence Award will be presented by IBI Editor Ed Slack during the IBEX Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

An independent panel of judges will be evaluating the entries based on a case study describing export strategies such as market research, product modification when required, creation of trading partnerships, financing mechanisms, solutions to trade barriers, use of federal or state promotional services, and overcoming cultural differences.

Judges will also take into account the growth in overseas sales achieved between 2016 and 2017. 

The 2018 Export Excellence Award recipient will be authorized to display the award logo on its communications channels, literature and web site and will be presented with a trophy for display in its offices.

The recipient will also receive VIP status and benefits for two people during IBEX show and at the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam, plus two free annual subscriptions to the IBI Plus international market information web site and to the IBI Plus Daily Industry newsletter.

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