International negotiation protocol in the U.S.A.

  • Punctuality is taken seriously
  • It is common to have business meetings over lunch
  • Business breakfasts can start as early as 7a.m.
  • Company gifts are not given by law. Small gifts are accepted over the Christmas season.
  • Negotiations and dealings generally go through fairly quickly in comparison to the time this takes in other countries
  • A business meeting may start with chat about trivial subjects, as often occurs in Spain.