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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.

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.

Business Support

The website of the U.S. Embassy in London has a dedicated business support section with information for both U.S. and UK companies.  This section includes information from and about:

The U.S. Commercial Service in the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,  is part of a global network of trade specialists dedicated to supporting US commercial interests around the world.This office offers a variety of services to US exporters and UK importers and our trade specialists are available to help with your enquiries. For US companies, it can assist in promoting your goods and services into the UK market. If you are a UK company, it can assist you locate a US firm to represent. For further information about these programs, please contact Marcella Marcheso at 020-7408-8033.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's London office which represents the interests of U.S. agriculture and promotes the sale of American food and agricultural, fisheries and forestry products in the UK.

  • Business USA logo is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.