Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign Direct Invesment

The Seattle/King County region is built on the strength of industries competing in the knowledge- and international-based economy. In fact, foreign investment accounts for 3.7% of the state’s private-industry employment with foreign-controlled businesses employing over 91,000 Washington workers. Combine that with the superb quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, a world-class arts scene, professional sports teams, and culinary delights from some of the country’s top chefs, and you’ve got a great place to do business where your employees will be happy to call “home.”

Our region’s strengths include:

  • strategic location with regard to the Pacific Rim
  • nonstop international flights
  • deep-water ports
  • reliable transportation connections to the rest of the U.S.
  • well-educated population (link)
  • strong business climate
  • vibrant international communities
  • vast experience in international trade

This strong combination of assets makes the Seattle/King County region one of the leading trade hubs on the West Coast of North America and a great place for foreign investment. Here are just a few of the foreign-owned businesses that are already taking advantage of all the Northwest has to offer:
Novo Nordisk
HCL Technologies
Emirates Airlines
Hainan Airlines
BAE Systems, PLC
Hanjin Shipping Company, Ltd.
Solvay SA
Composites Atlantic Limited
Fokker Aerostructures
Gerdau SA
Bayer AG
Hamburg-Sud Group


Foreign Trade Zone #5

The Port of Seattle’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #5 can give your company a competitive edge and help manage cash flow by deferring, reducing and in some cases eliminating customs duties and reducing overall operating costs.

“EB-5” Immigrant Investor Program

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service developed the Immigrant Investor Program—commonly referred to as “EB-5”—to encourage foreign investment that creates jobs and stimulates the U.S. economy in exchange for visa privileges. There are currently three (3) EB-5 projects in the Seattle/King County region:


Other Resources

There are a variety of organizations at the state, county and local levels which provide information and assistance to businesses looking to expand into Washington State. Click here for a list of useful resources.

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