Getting Started

Getting Started in U.S.

 

If you are an Omani company interested in doing exporting to, or investing in the United States, or with American companies operating in Oman, we have resources for you.

The United States is the Place for Business

President Obama announced the SelectUSA initiative to showcase the United States as the world’s premier business location and to provide easy access to federal-level programs and services related to investment. SelectUSA is designed to complement the activities of our fifty states, the primary drivers of economic development in the United States.

Getting Started

If you are considering investing in the United States, below are a few steps you can take to learn more.

  • Visit the SelectUSA website to learn why the U.S. is the world’s top location for business and investment, discover programs and incentives to help your business succeed, and read industry snapshots on more than a dozen sectors.
  • Contact us at muscatcommercial@state.gov to discuss your interests and needs.
  • Use the Cluster Mapping Tool to learn more about regional business strengths. You can also read case studies and find tool kits for formulating business development strategies.
  • Read more on business law and regulations for a variety of sectors.

Through our International Buyer Program, we take you to major U.S. industry trade shows to meet pre-screened U.S. suppliers. From travel logistics to scheduled introductions and on-site business counseling, we strive to help you optimize your trade show experience. In 2012, we organized the first Omani delegation to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas.  If you are interested in attending OTC, Arab Health, Beauty Middle East, WEFTEC, SEMA / Automechanika Middle East, WETEX, WasteExpo, PackExpo or any other show, please contact muscatcommercial@state.gov at the U.S. Embassy.

 

Informational Video: How to Make the Most of a Buying Trip to a U.S. Trade Show

For the international buyer, U.S. trade shows can be overwhelming. How can you make the most of your time when visiting trade shows in the International Buyer Program? How can you check out the suppliers before you leave for the U.S.? How can you get a visa? This video from the U.S. Commercial Service presents the stories of buyers from throughout the world who are attracted to U.S. trade shows participating in the International Buyer Program, and the matchmaking assistance of the U.S. government to fill their order books.

Visit the official travel.state.gov website for guidance on how to travel to the United States for business purposes. You can also start the process of making an appointment, and review the different types of visa categories at www.ustraveldocs.com/om.

You can contact the Oman Embassy in Washington, who provides assistance to Omani companies in the U.S. market or Ithraa in Muscat, Oman. Our supplier catalogs feature U.S. companies that are seeking buyers, partners, agents, and distributors. You can also search for suppliers in the U.S. on other web sources such as http://www.thomasnet.com/. While our primary mission is to promote U.S. goods and services in Oman, in some cases we work with Ithraa to assist some Omani businesses in certain key sectors to find the products, technologies, services and partners they need from the United States. You can contact us at muscatcommercial@state.gov for more details.

If you are an Omani firm seeking to provide services to U.S. businesses in Oman, you can register to appear in our select Business Service Provider list. This targeted marketing tool will position your company at the forefront when American exporters and investors are looking for service-providers in Oman.

The Business Service Provider directory is intended to provide a reference resource to U.S. exporters doing business in Oman. We direct inquiring U.S. companies to the Business Service Provider directory when they are looking for partners to help with establishing their business on the ground in Oman.

Any company providing services that facilitate the assessment, financing or completion of an export transaction, including companies that support U.S. businesspersons traveling or residing in Oman, is eligible to participate in our BSP Directory, given positive basic company vetting.

Your BSP listing will include your company name, description, contact information, logo and hyperlink for $300 for a single category or for $500 for an unlimited number of categories. Your company listing on our on-line Business Service Provider directory will reach thousands of potential customers across the United States.

First, register your company at http://export.gov/oman/businessserviceproviders/. Then you should email us at muscatcommercial@state.gov with the following information:

  • Your company logo (less than 200 x 200 pixels)
  • A link to your website and/or electronic profile or brochure
  • Scanned confirmation of valid company registration in Oman

We look forward to hearing from you.