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Architecture, Engineering, & Construction Services
Sectoral analysis of U.S. trade and competitiveness in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) services. 

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AEC Services - Trade Data and Analysis

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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) services sector provides design and construction services for commercial and residential projects that often involve hundreds of millions of dollars. With a reputation for high-quality work, the U.S. AEC sector continues to be competitive in overseas markets. 

Since 2010, the United States has had a surplus for trade in AEC services. In 2021, U.S. AEC service providers had a trade surplus of $1.6 billion, with exports of $13.3 billion and imports of $11.7 billion. Of the three subsectors within AEC, engineering services was the largest component, making up over 70% of exports by value in 2021.

Our latest report on this sector gives an overview of the domestic and international environments for AEC services, as well as key trade data. 

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the UK's Architects Registration Board signed a new mutual recognition agreement, which will allow U.S. architects to more easily register and practice in the United Kingdom.