Most large defense and manufacturing industries have ongoing offset requirements, and need ideas and cost-effective means to implement them. Use this offered clearinghouse to submit your ideas.
Countertrade is truly a ubiquitous feature of the global marketplace. It appears in many forms such as barter, the oldest form where goods are exchanged without money. Counter-purchase requires a seller to buy some agreed goods or services from the buyer as a condition of the primary sale. Buy-back requires a seller to provide means of production (technology or equipment) and accept output as partial payment as a condition of a sale. Switch-trading involves a third party assumption of the seller's countertrade obligations and offset requires a seller to buy goods and services in the buyer's country or provide something of value after the major sale. In every case except barter, countertrade is a "sweetener" that makes the deal happen and offsets are the most common form.