Where can I find a list of foreign companies in a particular industry or sector?
The International Partner Search, a program offered by our office, is a customized search on behalf of U.S. companies seeking foreign representation. U.S. commercial officers abroad conduct the agent/distributor search based on requirements specified by the requesting firm. The search for agents and distributors takes 60 - 90 days and costs $600 per market. You can place your order for this service by calling us at (801) 255-1871.
Trade Offices and Embassies of foreign governments help their firms export to the United States, so you may want to contact the commercial officer or the trade attaché of the country from which you would like to purchase goods. A list of foreign embassies or trade officers in the United States is available from the Dept. of Commerce website at www.export.gov. Click on the link "Find an Overseas Office" to search Commercial Service offices based in foreign countries.
Foreign Trade Associations can also provide valuable information on industries and companies within your country of interest. This information can be found in the Appendix of the Country Commercial Guides (CCG's). See question #4 for information on how to obtain a CCG.
Private corporations which maintain information on overseas companies include:
The Directory of Major Companies, published by World Publications Service. This provides listings of the major companies around the world. They can be reached at (800) 507-4383.
Foreign Trade Register, published by Thomas Register. This provides listings of foreign manufacturers worldwide. They can be reached at (800) 699-9822 or internet: http://www.thomasregister.com.
Kompass International Trade Directories provide references to a country's industry and contain product and service classifications. They provide directories for individual countries, product references and executives names in over 60 countries. They can be reached via internet at: http://www.kompass.com.