CFOs of companies around the world have always looked on exports to the US as the key to their business. The mighty US consumer had an unlimited appetite, paid in dollars and was backed by a strong and vigorous legal system (i.e. you could be sure you got paid).
Countries that have come through the recent global financial crisis better than the rest have been those with strong export machines, such as Germany and China. But it is no longer the US that they are exporting to: it is the fast growing emerging markets that are the destinations of choice.