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 Dubai Airshow 2013 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For Dubai Airshow 2013 (TFC Event)
Dubai Airshow 2013 (TFC Event) -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Aviation Services, Defense Industry Eq.
Location/Date: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11/17/2013 - 11/21/2013
Event Summary:
The Dubai Airshow is a biennial aerospace event that has been attracting visitors for the past 27 years and is the prime aviation event in the region. The event focuses on connecting buyers to sellers from all over the globe interested in the aerospace sector. The 2011 showed positive increases from the previous edition with 56,548 trade visitors (+7%), 960exhibitors from 50 countries (+8%), The Dubai Air Show is organized by Fairs & Exhibitions (1992) Ltd in cooperation with the Government of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Dubai International Airport in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. In spite of declining markets and economies in recent years the Middle East is still investing, buying, and improving. Dubai alone is very ambitious, particularly in the aviation market where aviation supports more than 250,000 jobs and contributes over US$22 billion to the economy, accounting for around 19% of total employment in Dubai and 28% of Dubai's GDP. Aviation's importance to Dubai is expected to grow further over the next decade. The economic contribution of the aviation sector is set to rise to US$44.5 billion or 32% of Dubai's GDP and 372,900jobs representing approximately 22 % of its employment by 2020. Source: Oxford Economies report, July 2011. U.S. Commercial Service staff will be at this event to help you grow your export business in this dynamic region.

Lisa Huot, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-2796
Gerri Cozic, Kallman Worldwide

Phone: 201-251-2600 x122
Akhilesh Sathyavan, Dubai
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +97143094086