China Market Development Program for US Building MaterialsEvergreen Building Products AssociationDepartment of Commerce

China Market Development Program for US Building Materials

The US-China Build Program (USCB) is a cooperative effort between government and industry to promote US building materials and technologies to to promote exports of US building products and services to China’s residential and light commercial construction market.  The result of a grant from the US Department of Commerce awarded to the Evergreen Building Products Association (EBPA), USCB receives additional funding and support from the American Forest & Paper Association,  the State of Washington, the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, APA-The Engineered Wood Products Association, the Softwood Export Council, and the Foreign Agriculture Service.

US-China Build offers an integrated approach to increase exports of US building materials through education and promotion. Activities in China are designed to inform Chinese construction professionals about US building materials and  technologies.  This is achieved through the US-China Build Program’s office in Shanghai, sales missions, seminars, semi-annual Chinese-language US Housing & Building Materials Newspapers, US supplier guides, and trade show pavilions featuring US building materials and companies. 

In the US, US-China Build informs US exporters about China’s building products industry, provides advice about China business practices, and identifies potential customers through the programs seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and personal consultations.

As one of the first ongoing cooperative programs of its type, US-China Build has achieved significant results since it began in November 2001. Since the program started in November 2001, the following results have been tallied:

  • Over 130 US companies have participated in US-China Build programs in China, resulting in reported projected and actual sales totaling more than $9.7 million.


  • 270 Chinese construction professionals have traveled to the US to meet with US building materials suppliers and learn about US building materials and wood frame building technologies. An additional 1,300 Chinese construction professionals have attended the three annual seminars hosted by US-China Build in China.

  • The bi-annual Chinese-language US Housing & Building Materials newspaper reaches over 8,000 readers in China, and the Focal Point, the quarterly English newsletter reaches over 3,000 readers in the US.

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