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.
|Ambiente -- General Consumer Goods, Giftware, Household Consumer Goods|
Exhibiting in Ambiente 2013 in Germany, the “trade show capital of the world,” can be a very cost-effective way for small and medium sized U.S. manufacturers and exporters seeking to expand into new markets to meet, in a compact five-day period, with many existing and potential business partners from all over the world.
With over 4,500 exhibitors and 140,000 trade show visitors, Ambiente is the world's largest consumer goods trade fair. The show covers three main product segments: 1) dining – table, kitchen and household items; 2) giving – giftware items; 3) living – home furnishings and decorations.
SERVICE: The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany offers a wide range of support services to American exporters wishing to do business in Germany. Commercial Specialist Sabine Winkels (Email: Sabine.Winkels@trade.gov) will attend Ambiente 2013 to counsel and assist American companies exhibiting at the trade fair, and to collect latest industry and market information. Before, during and after the show we offer the following services:
- We alert potential partners in Germany that you will be at the show to generate interest in your products or services.
- We feature the U.S. exhibitors on our official U.S. Commercial Service website in Germany to generate additional business leads.
- We can follow up for you with the contacts you make at the trade fair, or the trade leads we collect for you.
- We can introduce you to an International Trade Specialist at your nearest Commerce Department Export Assistance Center in the United States.
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.
|Sabine Winkels, Dusseldorf|