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 REACH - Implications for the Aerospace & Defense Sectors Detailed Event Information For REACH - Implications for the Aerospace & Defense Sectors
REACH - Implications for the Aerospace & Defense Sectors -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Composite Materials, Defense Industry Eq., Electronic Components, Environmental Technologies, Industrial Chemicals, Plastics Materials/Resins, Security/Safety Eq., Textile Fabrics
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Brussels, Belgium 11/29/2012 - 11/29/2012
Event Summary:
The U.S. Commercial Service to the EU will host a REACH webinar on November 29, 2012, for U.S. exporters in the Aerospace & Defense Sectors. Under REACH, the continued marketing and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) requires an authorization. Businesses active in the aerospace and defense sectors use a number of substances that are being considered for SVHC classification. No alternatives exist for many of these substances. This live webinar moderated by the U.S. Department of Commerce Europe Team will assist businesses active in the aerospace and defense sectors understand and manage the impact of REACH on their operations.

Mark Russell, Rio De Janeiro
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: 55-21-3823-2000
Dusan Marinkovic, Indianapolis
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 317-582-2300
James Lindley, Kiev
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: (504) 589 6702
Barbara Banas, SP
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-3642
Matthew Kopetski, European Union
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +3228115684