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.
|ISPO 2013 -- Apparel, Footwear, Sporting Goods/Recreational Eq., Textile Fabrics|
SERVICES: Commercial specialists Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach and Kelly Smith-Glover will attend ISPO Winter 2013 to counsel and assist American companies exhibiting at the trade fair, and to collect latest industry and market trends. Prior to the show, they will conduct promotional campaigns to sporting industry contacts and publish the U.S. exhibitors on BuyUSA.gov 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. U.S. manufacturers interested in this promotional service should contact Dagmar.Winkler-Helmdach@trade.gov
BACKGROUND: ISPO Winter is Europe's leading sporting goods trade fair and an excellent venue to expand sporting goods business internationally. The 2012 event attracted 2,344 exhibitors from 51 countries and close to 80,000 in-the-trade visitors from more than 100 countries. ISPO Winter 2013, which will take place from Feb. 3-6 in Munich, will once again demonstrate its dynamism. See information about the Munich ISPO Winter show at: http://www.ispo.com
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:
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.
|Dagmar Winkler-Helmdach, Munich|
Phone: +49 89 2888 748
|Kelly A. Smith-Glover, Munich|
|Kerstin Leckebusch, Neue Messe München|
Phone: 49 89 949 20161