International Business Trip Support Service

STEP International Business Trip Support Service is available to Regular members who are looking to plan and execute market development missions and trips on their own.

STEP can work with a member to choose a market, assist them in various aspects of the travel and business program, and the exporter carries out the business trip suitable to their own timing.  The exporters’ responsibility is to travel to the desired market, to gather market information and meet with pre-qualified prospects.  STEP’s efforts enable the member to focus on the sales of that companies’ own products or services, and maximize their time while in market. 

The team of STEP trade development professionals will:

  • Meet with the STEP member to determine the target market. 
  • Clarify objectives - defining the objective of business travel. 
  • Explore any sources of financial assistance. 
  • Develop a list of in-market contacts.  
  • Advice on approaching the in-market contacts. 
  • Approaching in-market prospects. 
  • Help plan necessary travel arrangements.
  • Exporter trip to the market. 
  • Post-Travel de-briefing and follow up.

This service is available to regular members to be used a maximum of two times per STEP business year (April 1 – March 31).  Additional usage of this service is available at additional fees.

Market intelligence used for this service will not count against annual current utilization caps.

STEP members should allow 10-12 weeks advance notice of the actual travel to allow STEP to properly assist them to fully utilize this program.  If no market intelligence is required, the advance notice period will be 6-8 weeks prior to the actual travel.

Where to Start?

Simply contact STEP for more information by email at or by phone at 1-888-976-7875.

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