Aerospace & Defense

National Aerospace FDI Exposition (Expo).  

The International Trade Administration, SelectUSA, and the Aerospace States Association are co-hosting the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in Los Angeles on October 26-28, 2015.

The Expo provides information and resources for international companies looking to establish a presence in the United States. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, outpacing the average FDI growth in all U.S. industries. Through matchmaking meetings arranged by the Expo organizers, investors can meet one-on-one with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives. Top government and industry speakers will discuss the dynamics and trends of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry. Confirmed speakers include senior officials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as senior industry representatives (including the president of Airbus’ operations in North America). Registration is already live and the website, including a draft agenda, can be found here:


Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Technology Team Page.

We are the industry’s primary export resource and should be your first point of contact when looking to sell internationally. Our team of domestic and international trade specialists, located at our Export Assistance Centers in the United States and at U.S. Embassies overseas, is prepared to assist in increasing your export sales. U.S. Points of Contact are available to discuss your international business needs.

The aerospace & defense industry has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for decades and has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. The industry’s position is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and global policies affecting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service strives to provide assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness. Specifically, the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team works with companies to help them:

  • Gain access to international sales opportunities
  • Identify international representatives and agents
  • Vet potential international partners
  • Maximize trade show efforts
  • Understand relevant aerospace and defense market opportunities worldwide

Take Action Now: Contact an Aerospace and Defense trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, and increase your international sales. We look forward to working with you!


For detailed country by country analysis on worldwide markets, please see the Aerospace Resource Guide.

Click the cover below to download a copy:

The lead author of this report is Fred Elliott, an international trade specialist on the Aerospace Team in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Jonathan Alvear, Alexis Haakensen, and Kim Wells, also Aerospace Team staff members, collaborated in developing statistical methodology and prepared country case studies. Chris Blaha, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, provided trade data and statistical analysis. Scott Kennedy, Aerospace Team Leader, managed the team effort.

Detailed Event Information For Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014 Detailed Event Information For Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014
Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Defense Industry Eq., Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Centurion, South Africa 09/17/2014 - 09/21/2014
Event Summary:
Find representation, buyers, and gain high level visibility at Africa Aerospace and Defense Air (AAD) Show in South Africa September 17-21, 2014. This leading regional show draws government and commercial buyers from throughout Africa and is already 90% sold out. Major market opportunities for U.S. companies include maritime and land surveillance, border management technologies, defense equipment and components, commercial and general aviation, and defense electronics and communications. The Aerospace and Defense Executive Service offered by the U.S. Commercial Service at AAD provides significant value-add for U.S. companies including exhibitor space at AAD, high level visibility, and pre-qualified business and government meetings all at an affordable cost. Participation in an invitation only U.S.-South Africa Border Surveillance Symposium is included. For details please visit:

Johan Van Rensburg, Johannesburg
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: 27 11 290-3208
Julia Rauner Guerrero, Luanda
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: +244-222-641-000 ext 1063
Gerri Corzic, Kallman Worldwide, Inc.

Phone: 201-251-2600
Hector Maldonado, Trade Event Programs
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-4756
Murat Muftari, Pontiac
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-296-2620