The goal of the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program is to develop viable foreign markets for the welded-aluminum jet boat manufacturers and suppliers located in the greater Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington region. This initial focus is on the European market.
The program has partnered with U.S. Commercial Service offices in Spokane, Washington; Boise, Idaho; Düsseldorf, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain and Izmir, Turkey. The domestic and international media have been most generous with coverage in Seattle Business, Northwest Sportsman Magazine, Trade Only, The Puget Sound Business Journal, Professional Boat Builder, Skipper Boote Und Yachting (Germany), Naviga (Turkey) and El Mundo (Spain). Please click Publications for a listing of other media. Two trade missions have successfully been completed including boat importers from Germany and Holland and U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialists from throughout Europe. Program participants have become “export experts” and developed their “export team” through a series of intensive classes (export finance, freight & logistics, CE Mark Certification, etc.) presented by leading professionals from around the world. Program participants have exhibited in three international trade shows: boot Düsseldorf 2011 (Germany), Salón Náutico Internacional de Barcelona 2011 (Spain) and boot Düsseldorf 2012 (Germany) See the links on the sidebar for details.
The Snake River Boat Builders Export Program is a wonderful example of successful collaboration between members of a dynamic manufacturing cluster and the economic development community of the Lewiston/Clarkston region. You are encouraged to visit their web sites listed under About and Contributors to fully understand and appreciate the organizations involved with this dynamic program and community.