NAHAD – The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution and the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase awareness in the U.S. business community, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses, about exporting and the tools and resources our organizations provide to help them succeed.
“We’re pleased to welcome NAHAD as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. “With more than 95 percent of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it’s imperative that American companies of all sizes consider the benefits of selling their products abroad.”
Joseph Thompson, NAHAD’s Executive Vice President noted, “NAHAD’s partnership with USCS will be a major asset to our members who are seeking ways to expand their sales to overseas markets. We are delighted that our members will have the extensive professional resources available through the USCS to accomplish their goals.”
Under the MOU, NAHAD and U.S. Commercial Service’s network of worldwide offices will work together on marketing, education programs and events leveraging both entities’ expertise to help make U.S. businesses—and particularly small and medium-sized firms—more export savvy. Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at trade shows, direct mail campaigns and online registration for resource support.
In 2010, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. The partnership supports this goal by educating U.S. exporters, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, about the benefits exporting and expanding their exports to additional markets, and the public and private sector resources to assist them. NAHAD joins several of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Strategic Partners who have connected more than 1,500 companies to federal export assistance.
NAHAD is the only business trade association dedicated to serving the needs of hose distributors and suppliers worldwide. Members include nearly 500 industrial distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers of hose, fittings, couplings, hose machinery and related hose accessories, representing companies from 55 U.S. states and Canadian provinces and 25 other countries. NAHAD provides a wide variety of business services, education, networking, technical insights and hose fabrication standards to help members to be more successful and gain more business.
NAHAD's Hose Safety Institute provides industry-leading hose assembly specification, fabrication and design Guidelines, employee training resources, online exams and powerful marketing tools to help members build stronger relations with their current and potential customers. The Institute is served by an Advisory Council of major end-users, academics and industry leaders who work with NAHAD members to address critical hose assembly practices and safety issues.
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in more than 100 U.S. cities and in more than 70 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. Visit www.trade.gov/cs to learn more.