International Recognition of Fairs

International Fairs


The international trade fairs are a key instrument of trade promotion. They present the main employers of each sector and are an irreplaceable framework for networking, knowledge of the supply sector, the launching of projects, or the dissemination of information, creating significant new business opportunities. There is No doubt that a number of important international fairs recorded in our country is a significant means of promoting trade, promote the entrepreneurial skills and help to stimulate the economy as a whole.

Despite the growing development on-line sales platforms and the proliferation of various modes of digital marketing contacts, the personal accounts, and the physical exhibition of the goods are today irreplaceable.

In this way, the fairs are a trade policy instrument and is the ministry of industry, commerce and tourism and in particular the secretariat of state for trade, to whom i give the competition in the attribution of the international character to a trade fair, if it meets certain quality requirements and foreign presence.


No change is intended to bring all the criteria for granting, used abroad, and in particular to those adopted by the union of international fairs (UFI). This sets the following

  • Objectively verified compliance with, either by a company specialized in audits, either by theAFEone of the following conditions
    • The number of direct foreign exhibitors at least 10 per cent of total direct exhibitors.
    • That foreign visitors are less than 5 per cent of the total number of visitors.
  • That has been held regularly in at least three previous editions.
  • That the benchmarks referred to above indicate a positive progression in the last editions.
  • There is support to the trade fair.
  • The competition to the acquisition of new technologies in the sector.
  • Positive reports of the directorate of Territorial Trade after having visited the last edition and SPANISH.

In addition, and as a complementary criteria to the previous, will be judged

  • That the fair covers the highest proportion of companies producing both com's exporting sector and that there is spanish export supply actual or potential
  • That the fair devote an appropriate budget devoted to outreach in connection with the total budget
  • That the fair has adequate permanent premises
  • The fact that the venue of the fair matches the geographical area where the greatest concentration of producers


Royal Decree SEPTEMBER 29, 1983, no. 2621/83 (Ministry of Economy and Finance). FAIRS AND MARKETS. Regulation of International Trade Fairs (Published in the Official State Gazette (No. 241) of October 8, 1983.

CHAPTER I -International trade fairs

Article 1. For the purposes of this Royal Decree, international trade fairs will be considered those in which foreign exhibitors participate and goods are admitted without discrimination as to their national or foreign origin.

The aforementioned international fairs will enjoy the customs facilities granted for the import, transportation, storage and exhibition of foreign merchandise, subject to the provisions of art. 16 of this Royal Decree.

Article 2. The fairs referred to in the previous article will adopt, according to their characteristics, one of the following names:

a) General Trade Fairs.

b) Fairs or Technical, Sectoral or Monographic Exhibitions.

The qualification corresponding to the international scope of the exhibitors and their exhibited offering will be added to the previous names.

Article 3. General Trade Fairs are those that, authorized and qualified as such, admit all types of merchandise, with a maximum duration of fifteen days.

Technical, Sectoral or Monographic Fairs or Exhibitions are considered to be those that, authorized and qualified as such, exhibit samples of products, services or techniques and/or production materials corresponding to certain sectors of production or ranges of products previously defined in their corresponding authorization. These Fairs will not exceed ten days in duration.

Both the General Fairs and the Sectoral or Monographic Fairs have as their objective the commercial promotion of national production, the knowledge and dissemination of new products and techniques in the different branches of production and services, facilitating the rapprochement between the offer and demand and achieve market transparency.

Article 4. The Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce, will be responsible for attributing international character to a Fair and authorizing the use of the name of International Fairs. of Samples, whether general, sectoral or monographic, and establish the regulations governing them, as well as the regime applicable to foreign trade operations that the international Fair itself may give rise to.

The promotion abroad of international fairs held in Spain will be carried out in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce.

Article 5. The administrations of the Autonomous Communities that have this competence recognized in their Statutes, will be in charge of organizing the authorized and declared international trade fairs, according to the previous article, by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Article 6. The Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation will assist in the organization and development of international trade fairs, and will also have, for these purposes, the collaboration of the Groups or Associations of Exporters of the respective commercial sectors and whatever their territorial level.

Article 7. The presence of foreign official pavilions may only be authorized at international fairs, included in the official calendar, referred to in Chapter III of this Royal Decree, and the corresponding invitations. Officials will be processed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the proposal of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce.

Article 8. Each international trade fair will be equipped with a Steering Committee, organizer of its fair events, which will include qualified representatives of the economic and commercial sectors corresponding to the scope of the Fair, one of which he will hold the Presidency.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce, taking into account the nature of international trade fairs as instruments for promoting foreign trade, will designate a permanent Delegate who will be summoned to the meetings of the Committee.< /p>

Article 9. The Steering Committees will send to the Secretary of State for Commerce within a period of four months, counting from the closing of the Fair, a Report in which the activities carried out are recorded. and the results obtained in order to assess their importance and effectiveness.

Article 10. During the celebration of the Fairs and within their premises:

  • No actions may take place that deviate from their specific purpose.
  • No private Entity or Organization that does not have a technical or scientific commercial nature, or whose activities are not related to the Fair in question, may occupy spaces appearing as exhibitors.
  • Direct sales cannot be made with merchandise removed from the fairgrounds.

Article 11. In the Fairs that this Royal Decree regulates, only manufacturers, merchants, representatives or exclusive agents or distributors will be admitted as exhibitors; no samples other than the corresponding ones may be exhibited. to the merchandise indicated in the mandatory authorization, in accordance with the character, content and scope of each Fair.

CHAPTER II - Organization of official trade fairs abroad and official participation of Spain in trade fairs abroad

Article 12. Corresponding to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce, authorize official Spanish trade fairs to be held abroad; decide official Spanish attendance at international trade fairs held abroad and establish guidelines for the best success of this participation. The National Institute for Export Promotion (INFE) will organize said Spanish participation.

Article 13. The Spanish Diplomatic and Consular Representations abroad, and especially, the Commercial Offices of the Spanish Embassies, in the respective countries, will cooperate in the organization and development of the official Fairs. Spanish events abroad and in official Spanish participations in which they are also held abroad.

There will also be the collaboration of the Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation in Spain and that of the groups or Associations of Exporters, whatever their territorial level.

CHAPTER III - Official Calendar of Trade Fairs

Article 14. The Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Secretary of State for Commerce, will prepare in the last quarter of each year, the calendar of international trade fairs, to be held in the course of the following year, on an official basis. It will be called "Official Calendar of International Trade Fairs of the year..."

It will include international trade fairs, to be held in Spain; the Spanish Fairs that the Secretary of State for Commerce agrees to hold abroad on an official basis and the official Spanish participations in those organized by other countries.

Article 15. The calendar will be public in the "Official State Gazette", and the inclusion of a Fair in it will imply its declaration of officiality and the right to use the title of "Fair Officer."

Article 16. The inclusion of a Fair in the Official Calendar will be a necessary requirement so that it can benefit from subsidies charged to the items that the General Budget of the State dedicates, where appropriate, to these. effects.

Final provision

The Secretary of State for Commerce and the Administrations of the Autonomous Communities will inform each other of any provisions they adopt within the scope of their respective powers.

Repealing provision

The Decree of May 26, 1943 (R.832 and Dec. N. 12484), which established the rules for holding Trade Fairs and Exhibitions in Spain and attendance at those abroad, is repealed as soon as it is refers to international fairs and official participation in foreign fairs.

Royal Decree 3079/1979, of December 21 (R. 1980, 270), which reformed the Consultative Committee of Trade Fairs and Exhibitions, is hereby repealed.

Request for internationality

The deadline for submission of requests was opened on 1 april and ends on 31 may each year. It Is the administration itself which or whom the various organizations grounds, collecting information about the halls to hold the following year, for each entity intends to seek fair the internationality.

The exhibition should complete the attached application form for each of the fairs for requesting the internationality, indicating, in the box, if it is an application for full Internationality or if it wished to request the Internationality for customs purposes.

The application shall be sent via e-mail to the sub-department internationalization strategy, the paseo de la Castellana 162 - 7th floor - Madrid 28046, as follows with a copy to

It should be submitted simultaneously a copy of the application to the Regional bureau of the ministry of state, and that the demarcation.

In the last quarter of the year will be considered these requests and to be decided on the relevance of its issuance, in accordance with the criteria already mentioned, elaborated below the official calendar of international trade fairs of each year and to be issued in Official gazette.

Calendarios feriales

Addresses of Interest

Form of interest by province