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 Free US Commercial Service Webinar: Aerospace Business Development Opportunities Detailed Event Information For Free US Commercial Service Webinar: Aerospace Business Development Opportunities
Free US Commercial Service Webinar: Aerospace Business Development Opportunities -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Aviation Services, Defense Industry Eq.
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Montreal, Canada 12/10/2012 - 12/10/2012
Event Summary:
The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada & the Global Aerospace Team are delighted to host a FREE webinar for U.S. aerospace suppliers on “Aerospace Business Development Opportunities in Canada” December 10, 2012 at 11:00amEST. This webinar will introduce participants to recent trends in Canada's large aerospace market (5th largest in the world), uncover business opportunities for U.S. firms, and offer business development strategies to access this $22 billion market. In addition, BCI Aerospace will introduce the audience to Aeromart Montreal 2013, an international business to business forum being held in Montreal on April 23-25, 2013. Aeromart Montréal convenes prime contractors, tier 1 suppliers, sub-contractors and allows participants to arrange meetings prior to the event.

William Lawton, Miami
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (305) 526-7425 ext 27
Melissa Grosso, Middletown
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 860-638-6955
Stephanie Perlis, Montreal