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Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs John D. Breidenstine

Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs John D. Breidenstine

Message from John D. Breidenstine, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs

"The United States and the United Kingdom share an extraordinary trade and investment relationship. Our bilateral foreign direct investment, the world’s largest valued at nearly $1 trillion, supports a total of approximately two million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our annual trade in goods and services exceeds $200 billion, with more than 42,000 US companies actively doing business in the United Kingdom.

In support of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, the Commercial Service promotes U.S. exports and advocates on behalf of U.S. business interests, while also showcasing the United States as the premier destination for tourism.

Another feature of our work is SelectUSA, a program launched in June 2011 by President Obama to facilitate foreign direct investment by providing easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment.

Whether you would like to partner with U.S. exporters or invest in the United States, we stand ready to assist you.
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More on the National Export Initiative

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to the United Kingdom. In this section, you will find a quick description of the United Kingdom as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

News & Events

  • Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA Program.
    Join the Conversation on Investment

    April 2014 - This month, SelectUSA is really upping our game when it comes to online engagement around investment. We hope you’ll join the conversation on Twitter at #SelectUSA! Read the full post at blog.trade.gov »

  • Discover Global Markets - Europe
    Discover Global Markets - Europe

    02-04 June 2014 in Los Angeles - Join the U.S. Commercial Service & the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for the premier Europe-focused event of the year. This event will include high-ranking U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial diplomats & international business leaders. Details on Discover Europe »

  • Logo for the 2014 Transatlantic Business Forum
    2014 Transatlantic Business Forum

    24 June 2014 - Taking place in Cambridge, UK, this Deyton Bell initiative aims to refocus attention on the huge U.S. market, to support businesses interested in expanding U.S. activities or establishing a U.S. base, and to stimulate successful transatlantic commercial activity. Ambassador Barzun will give the key note speech, and 11 U.S. States will be attending. Full details at BUYUSA.gov »

  • T-TIP Fourth Round Press Conference on Friday 14 March
    T-TIP Fourth Round Press Conference

    14 March 2014 - The United States and the European Union will hold the fourth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations in Brussels 10-14 March 2014. Read more »

  • America is Open for Investment
    America is Open for Investment

    31 January 2013 - Says SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally: “Our market has provided long-term stability and unmatched returns for investors. Today, the United States is the largest recipient of FDI in the world, and in 2012 alone, more than $160 billion dollars of FDI flowed here. Total foreign stock and assets are measured not in billions, but in the trillions of dollars.” Read more on Trade.gov  »

  • Commercial Service - Europe
    Let Us Connect You to Europe

    04 December 2013 - The 25 offices of the Commercial Service -Europe help you identify business opportunities in your chosen European country. Read more »

  • Open for Business
    Open for Business

    15 November 2013 - The U.S. Department of Commerce's “Open for Business” Agenda reflects the department's role as the voice of business, and the Obama Administration’s focus on economic growth and job creation. Additionally, this new vision recognizes the demands of a globally competitive economy. Read more at Commerce.gov »

  • Five Things You Should Know About the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
    About the T-TIP

    15 November 2013 - Five Things You Should Know About the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) by Dan Mullaney who serves as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East . Read more »

  • The United States has the most appealing investment environment in the world, and it’s going to get even better, says President Obama during his address at the SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C.
    Obama Seeks to Attract More Foreign Investors to United States

    31 October 2013 - The United States has the most appealing investment environment in the world, and it’s going to get even better, says President Obama during his address at the SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. Read more »

  • Information on Franchising Opportunities
    Franchising Opportunities

    05 March 2013 - The U.S. Commercial Service (CSUK) is often contacted by U.S. franchises seeking to expand into the United Kingdom and Europe. CSUK can assist these companies in achieving their trade development goals through our new Franchising Opportunies page. Read more (BuyUSA.gov) »

  • Investment Climate Statements for 2013 released
    Investment Climate Statements for 2013

    26 February 2013 - In support of the Department of State’s Economic Statecraft Agenda, the Department today issued 75 Investment Climate Statements for 2013. Read more »

  • Proclamation by President Obama
    Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month

     

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