Construction, Building, & Heavy Equipment

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Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website for U.S. Building Products and Construction Equipment Companies. This site is your resource for market research reports, trade leads, upcoming industry-related events and advocacy assistance.

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 more than 70 countries. Our worldwide team is here to assist with your international business. To find your local building/construction specialist, please click on the link to the left titled “Local USDOC Offices”.

We specialize in working with the following industry subsectors:

  • Architecture/construction/engineering services
  • Building products (including HVAC, hardware, and power tools)
  • Construction equipment (including mining equipment)
  • Greenbuild & sustainable development
  • Interior design

Our Design & Construction Team members can assist you with the following:

  • International Market Research – our overseas specialists generate reports on the design services sector of target markets around the world. You can access these reports at in our Market Research Library.
  • Trade Missions & Events – We regularly develop and lead trade missions and events for the design services sector along with key industry associations. These missions provide market access and unrivaled exposure for firms seeking international projects.
  • Webinars – learn about the design sector in a market of interest without leaving your desk.
  • Advocacy – the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government (USG) resources to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for government contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.
  • Gold Key Service – provides business meetings with pre-screened contacts, developers, firms, professional associations, government contacts, and/or licensing or joint venture partners.  Through the GKS program, Commercial Service staff will search for and arrange appointments with potential foreign partners in key markets.
  • Single Company Promotion – provides support and official sponsorship in a specific market under the auspices of the American Embassy or Consulate.  Commercial Service staff overseas assists a U.S. company in organizing a product launch, technical seminar, cocktail reception, or similar event in a well-recognized location, such as a hotel or in some cases, the U.S. Ambassador's residence.  A typical event might include a 3-hour program with an introduction by a U.S. Government official followed by detailed company presentation and question/answer session followed by a networking session.  The SCP is an excellent opportunity to support your existing in-country representative by co-presenting to a targeted audience.


Upcoming Conferences

Discover Global Markets: E-Commerce Strategies for Exporters

Connect to international customers via digital innovation, social media and mobile marketing.

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
October 8-9

Explore the e-commerce and digital strategies most important to American product and service exporters. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from The Baltics, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Eastern Europe, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, The Nordics, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UAE, The United Kingdom.


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Capturing Export Opportunities from Seoul to Santiago

Orange County, CA
October 29-30

Learn what consumers are buying, and how to sell to them. Pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from Australia, Burma, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, South Korea, Central America, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Mexico.


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Detailed Event Information For METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event)
METS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show 2013) (TFC Event) -- Apparel, Construction Eq., Computer Software, Electrical Power Systems, Pleasure Boats/Accessories, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Pumps/Valves/Compressors, Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: Amsterdam, Netherlands 11/19/2013 - 11/21/2013
Event Summary:
METS 2013, the world's largest exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry, will take place November 19-21, 2013 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Organized by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), METS 2013 is the place to exhibit for U.S. companies interested in accessing the European and global marine leisure industry market. Exhibiting at METS 2013 provides U.S. companies with an excellent opportunity to sell to a truly global market. Integrated in METS is The SuperYacht Pavilion, the central platform for the worldwide super yacht industry and a 'show within a show' at METS. The SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) is the only truly international business-to-business exhibition for companies providing products and services for the large luxury yacht industry, set within the environment of METS - the world's number one marine equipment trade show. Additional specialist pavilions are the Marina and Yard Pavilion (MYP), dedicated to the global network of marinas and associated boatyards, and the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) which is the comprehensive materials showcase and information resource. METS 2013 also offers a technical program consisting of: • Global SuperYacht Forum 2013; • HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction; • NMEA ConnectFest 2013 with its educational seminars; and • Technology Forum. METS 2013 trade visitors will include yacht builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators, and equipment manufacturers from around the world. Product categories at METS 2013 will include: propulsion, anchors, boat trailers accessories, communications systems, construction materials, deck fittings, electrical engines, interiors, yacht harbor equipment, clothing & apparel, engines, navigation equipment, pumps & accessories, software, steering mechanisms, technical accessories, safety & lifesaving equipment, painting & maintenance, and heating and masts. METS 2012 hosted more than 13,380 trade visitors from 104 countries -- 555 trade visitors from the United States, and 1,318 exhibitors from 42 countries – 148 exhibitors hailed from the United States. METS 2013, the 26th anniversary of this remarkable show, is expected to surpass these impressive statistics.

Alan Ras, The Hague
Head of Section
Phone: +31-70-3102418
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Jan Van der Molen, RAI Group

Phone: 704/243-0236
Philip Hammerstein, The Hague
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 0031 70 310 2416