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International Visitors

International Visitors

Welcome International Visitors
AAPEX is located in the Sands Expo & Convention Center and represents the do-it-yourself retail aftermarket and the "professionally installed" aftermarket. More than one million square feet of space makes AAPEX your global source for parts, accessories and service equipment. Special show sections include Machine Shop; Paint, Body & Equipment; Tool & Equipment; Medium & Heavy Duty Truck; SUV; Vehicle Technology; Mobile Electronics/ E-Commerce and Auto International. For more information, visit www.aapexshow.com.
The SEMA Show, which is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center, represents the fastest growing segment of the specialty automotive aftermarket industry. Eleven miles of aisles packed with profit-making products for several niche markets including, light truck, street rod, wheel/tire, restoration, on-board technology, street performance, off-road, restyling, racing, mobile electronics, import/sport compact performance, powersports and paint and body equipment. For more information, visit www.semashow.com.
Registration Policies
AAPEX and the SEMA Show are for the trade only. Note that the following types of businesses are not permitted to attend the Show:
Accounting Firms
Consumers
Freight Providers
Graphic Companies (nonautomotive)
Independent Insurance Agents
Law Firms
Exhibits Installation/Dismantling Companies
Modeling Agents/Agencies
Printers
Packaging Companies
Software Companies (nonautomotive)
Or any nonautomotive-affiliated company
Show Hours and Pricing
Pricing Policies
Online before Oct. 20 - $25
Online beginning on Oct. 21 - $75
Registration Hours
Sun. Nov. 2 0800 - 1700
Mon. Nov. 3 0730 - 1700
Tue. Nov. 4 0700 - 1700
Wed. Nov. 5 0730 - 1700
Thur. Nov. 6 0730 - 1700
Fri. Nov. 7 0730 - 1700**
Exhibit Hours
Tue. Nov. 4 0900 - 1700
Wed. Nov. 5 0900 - 1700
Thur. Nov. 6 0900 - 1700
Fri. Nov. 7 0900 - 1600**

**SEMA ONLY
International Registration and Services
The 2014 AAPEX and SEMA Show feature a wealth of resources for international buyers, media and attendees, pre-show, on-site and post-show.
On-Site:
INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION & CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE
AAPEX at the Sands Expo & Convention Center
At AAPEX, International Registration is conveniently located outside the Center for International Commerce in the Lower Lobby of the Sands Expo & Convention Center. Our multi-lingual registration staff and interpreters in our Center for International Commerce are eager to welcome you and answer your questions. The Center for International Commerce offers translation service and private meeting rooms which can be reserved for up to an hour. Complimentary copies of the AAPEX Show Guide are your complete resource for navigating the Show including complete exhibitor listings, product cross references and export interests.
Complimentary WiFi is available in designated hot spots throughout the Exhibit Hall. Interactive YOU ARE HERE boards will also help to get you where you want to go where you can search by company or by product interest and print out a personalized map to help you navigate the show.
WE EXPORT signs and EXPORT EXPERT ribbons let you easily identify those companies with products available for export plus help you easily identify the company's international sales representative.
AAPEX show sponsors, AAIA and MEMA/AASA are eager to welcome international visitors. You are encouraged to stop by the AASA/MEMA Meeting Center in Room 104 and the AAIA Business Center in Room 204 where association executives will be on hand to help you learn more about AAPEX, the markets they serve and services they provide to help you year-round.
The SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Start by picking up your badge at the conveniently located International Registration in the South Hall. Nearby is the Center for International Commerce (CIC) in room N255-N257 in the North Hall. These complimentary facilities are designed to make your time in Las Vegas more efficient from private meeting space (which can be reserved in advance), interpreters to help facilitate meetings between international buyers and exhibitors and complimentary WiFi are all available for your use. Don't forget to pick up a complimentary copy of the Show Directory, which includes a year-round guide of hundreds of export-ready companies.
On the Show floor easily identify exhibitors interested in exporting by the prominent WE EXPORT signs in the booth.
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:
SEMA hosts the International Happy Hour networking event on Wednesday, November 5th in the CIC at 1700. Be sure to pre-register by contacting lindas@sema.org. Join us at the 10th annual gathering which last year attracted 1000 international buyers, exhibitors and media making this the world's largest international networking gathering of specialty equipment companies.
The OAC International Reception is one of the largest networking events for international visitors attending the show with over 900 guests representing 50 countries. It will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, from 1830 - 2000 at The Mirage. Ticket information will be available at oac@mema.org.
Post-Show:
AAIA and MEMA/AASA offer year-round opportunities to make business connections through a wide variety of resources, events and services. For more information, contact info@aftermarket.org or info@aftermarketsuppliers.org.
Keep in touch with SEMA through SEMA.org. Ask any of the SEMA Representatives to assist you in signing up and continuing the great relationships you will begin at the SEMA Show. For more information, contact lindas@sema.org.
Visa Letters
AAPEX and the SEMA Show are pleased to provide Visa Letters during the registration process.
Reminder: New Requirement for Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries
Beginning in January of 2009, visitors from visa-waiver countries are required to register online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a free, automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that travel authorization applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel. Unless revoked, travel authorizations are valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You can access the online application system by clicking on this link. For additional information, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's FAQ website.
Show Information

AAPEX Show Location

Sands Expo Center
201 Sands Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89109
AAPEX

SEMA Show Location

Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
SEMA

After identifying that a visa is needed, foreign travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in their country to determine visa processing timeframes. We recommend contacting the Consular Section via the internet at http://usembassy.state.gov. Look for posted timeframes on the internet or call the Consular Section to hear recorded information about visa processing timeframes. The State Department's recommended first source of up-to-date visa information is its web site, http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visitor.html.



The AAPEX and the SEMA Show 2014 recommends following these guidelines for getting a visa for entry into the United States:
  • Request a letter of invitation to attend the Expo at least four (4) months prior to the meeting. You must finish the registration process and payment in order to receive the visa invitation letter from the AAPEX and the SEMA Show.
  • Apply early. The visa application process takes three to four months to complete.
  • Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of visa application.
  • If completion of travel plans is contingent upon early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.