Suppliers List (USL) is designed to help small to
medium sized U.S. exporters make contact with export
agents, trading companies, importers and foreign buyers
and create an opportunity to sell their products in
overseas markets. The 1999 survey results for the USL
program shows that, of the 2800 companies surveyed who
use the program, over 2000 companies (70%) had fewer than
100 employees and accounted for 60 percent of the export
sales attributed to the program, as shown on the chart.
The service offers these smaller exporters, at no cost,
the ability to put basic information about their company
and products on a USDA-maintained database that is
accessed by over 17,000 foreign companies worldwide.
Supplier List is a searchable database
containing U.S. firms, who are considered as export
ready, which is used by USDA/FAS to specifically
facilitate connecting potential buyers with U.S.
suppliers. It contains over 500 product categories for
companies to select from to include in their listing. The
database is primarily used by more than 85 USDA/FAS
Overseas and Washington offices and is used to respond to
inquiries from export agents, trading companies,
importers and foreign buyers to locate U.S. suppliers.
And, it is used to recruit U.S. exporters to participate
in market development activities sponsored by USDA and
federal export programs.