US companies are being urged to enter this year’s Export Excellence Award, conceived and sponsored by IBI magazine, ahead of next week’s deadline.

The inaugural IBI Export Excellence Award is designed to recognise excellence in the realm of export sales by US boatbuilders or marine equipment manufacturers, or distributors and manufacturer representatives of US products.

The award will be presented by IBI editor Ed Slack at the IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Mariott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida on October 2, where the winner will receive a trophy and worldwide acknowledgment within the marine industry for its export achievement as well as special VIP status at the IBEX and METSTRADE shows.

An independent panel of judges will evaluate 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, etc.

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

The deadline for entries is Friday 3 August and the winner will be notified by September 12. To nominate your company for the 2018 IBI Export Excellence Award, click here.