A New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI is expected to make it easier for manufacturers to export to new markets and find new customers around the world.

A New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI), a strategic partnership comprising the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the U.S. Commerce Department and FedEx, is expected to make it easier for manufacturers to export to new markets and find new customers around the world.

The NMEI will offer NAM members the export expertise of an experienced commercial officer as well as direct access to Department of Commerce programs. FedEx will provide expert logistics advice and services to manufacturers. The program will start with a small base of manufacturers and then expand to thousands of NAM members, says the association.

Finding new ways to help small and medium-sized manufacturers export is critical to our economic recovery and job creation, NAM noted as it announced the partnership. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. exports of goods and services are manufactured goods.

"Continuing to work to increase exports is critical to keeping manufacturers in America competitive in the growing global marketplace. More than 90 percent of exporters are small- and medium-sized manufacturers. These companies will benefit from this agreement and resources to help find new markets and customers, which will help create jobs and grow the economy," says John Engler, NAM president and CEO.

"We believe it is possible to double exports by 2014; however, key steps need to be taken to achieve this goal," said Engler. "We must reduce and eliminate trade barriers so our companies can increase market access overseas. We also must level the playing field for our companies so they are receiving the same support as their competitors. The NMEI is a step forward in increasing our nation's exports."

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