Trade Show

Indo Pacific

November 7, 2023 — November 9, 2023

The INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition is the region's premier commercial maritime and naval defense exposition. Connecting Australian and international defense, industry, government, academia, and technology leaders in the national interest, IMC 2023 will focus on the latest developments in naval architecture, marine engineering, and maritime technology across defense and commercial shipping. The three-day event is a platform for engagement and incorporates an international industry exhibition, and a specialist conference program featuring presentations and symposia from leading maritime institutions.

The INDO PACIFIC 2022 event saw more than 25,000 visitors; 736 exhibitor companies; 20 industry sponsors; more than 70 conferences, symposia and presentations, including the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conference; 115 official defense, industry, academic and government delegations; and more than 40 nations represented, with 39 Chief of Navy Counterparts or their representative from around the world. INDO PACIFIC is strongly supported by the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Government Department of Defence and the New South Wales State Government.

INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition takes place in Sydney, Australia at the International Convention Centre.

Registration Deadline


Nathan Day
International Trade Manager, South Central Region
LeAnn Young
International Trade Manager, Hampton Roads Region

Frequently Asked Questions

Based on past trade missions, we expect 6-10 Virginia companies to participate. The registration process is ongoing until the trade mission is full or the registration deadline has passed.

You must pay the trade mission participation fee of $2,500 to the VEDP at the time of registration. The participation fee includes the following: 

  • Identifying, contacting and pre-qualifying local distributors, reps and/or partners and organization of your meetings with interested prospects
  • A “Doing Business In” briefing on the market(s) 
  • Your VEDP Trade Mission Leader and in-country consultant on hand during the week to ensure everything runs to plan
  • Interpreter if needed

All travel expenses including airfare, hotels, meals, individual ground transportation to be paid directly by each participant. Additional estimated costs you will incur include (but are not limited to):

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotels (7 nights)
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers, taxis, and other miscellaneous items

The VEDP has engaged the services of its Global Network consultant to identify, screen, and arrange meetings with potential partners for each of our trade mission delegates. If you would like to learn more about the Global Network consultant organizing this trade mission, please contact your Local Trade or Program Manager.

In most cases, you will be traveling independently to the locations of the local companies with which you are meeting. Because most appointments will be held at the companies’ locations, travel and other logistics may prevent each delegate from having a minimum of 3-4 meetings each day of the trade mission.


For travel between meetings, our consultants will recommend the most effective method of transportation. This will likely be a local car/driver.

If required, interpreters will be provided for meetings and are included in your registration fee. 

Airline tickets: You book (and pay for) your own airline ticket via local travel agent or online air travel website. If you do not have a travel agent, the Trade Mission Leader can recommend one for you.


Hotels: VEDP will choose the hotel(s) and make reservations at a pre-negotiated government rate for each delegate. However, delegates will be responsible for their own hotel charges throughout the mission. All delegates will stay at the same hotel in order to facilitate logistics as well as to encourage the interaction and networking that is always a collateral benefit of traveling with a group.  You will pay all hotel room charges directly to the hotel.

Contact your local International Trade Manager or the Trade Mission Leader immediately! We only want you to make the trip if we think there is good market potential for your company. We can perform exploratory market research within a short period of time to verify market potential for you.