Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s homepage for U.S. consumer goods and home furnishings companies. This page is your resource for finding direct exporting assistance, market intelligence, trade events, and other global expansion opportunities.
Our division of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in about 70 countries. Our worldwide team of consumer goods and home furnishings specialists is here to assist in your global growth.
To assist you in this industry, we have made available Best Market Reports, Market Research Reports, and Country Commercial Guides related to the Consumer Goods and Home Furnishings industry. You can also search for related events in our Trade Events section. There is a sampling of these reports listed below.
For additional information, please contact the Trade Information Center at 1-800-872-8723.
|OutDoor 2013 (European Outdoor Trade Fair) -- Apparel, Footwear, Sporting Goods/Recreational Eq., Textile Fabrics|
SERVICES: Commercial Specialist Winkler-Helmdach will be at the Outdoor Fair in Friedrichshafen to counsel and assist American companies exhibiting at the trade fair, and collect latest industry and market trends. Prior to the show, she will conduct promotional campaigns to its industry contacts and publish the U.S. exhibitors on BuyUSA.goc Germany to advertise their products and services. The promotion of the U.S. exhibitors will also be extended to other countries in order to provide U.S. exhibitors with business leads, market research and distributor lists on a broader basis. Interested U.S. exhibitors should contact Ms. Winkler-Helmdach at firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: The European Outdoor Trade Fair is rated as the leading platform for the entire outdoor branch. The main focus is on camping accessories, garments, mountaineering equipment, tents, pleasure boats, outdoor sporting goods and accessories. The 2011 event attracted a total of 890 exhibitors from 38 countries, and 21,520 within-the-trade-visitors from 81 countries. The 2013 event, which will take place from July 18-21, 2013 in Friedrichshafen, will once again demonstrate its dynamism. For further information please visit www.outdoor-show.de.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR): The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany is proactively engaged in defending American companies against counterfeit and copyright infringement. IPR is an important part of corporate value and international competitiveness. U.S. trademark, design and patent rights do not of themselves provide protection in Germany or the rest of the European Union (EU); U.S. companies must protect their IPR here in Europe.
It is possible to register in countries individually or, for EU-wide trademark and design protection, there are a Community Trademark (CTM) and Registered Community Design (RCD). These provide a single right that protects industrial design or trademark in the entire 25-nation EU mega-market of 450 million people. Both national trademarks and the CTM can be registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide information on EU-wide protection for IPR and defend IPR in Europe at trade fairs. More information is available on our website: http://www.buyusa.gov/germany/en/ipr.html.
Please also visit our website to obtain info about U.S. Commercial Service programs and services designed to help U.S. exporters succeed in the German and European markets, and about VAT recovery procedures:
|Stefan Reisinger, Messe Friedrichshafen|
|Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach, Munich|