The United Kingdom and Florida: A Strong and Growing Economic Partnership
No other site in the Western Hemisphere can match Florida’s unique combination of strategic geographic location, state-of-the-art infrastructure, multilingual workforce, and concentration of corporate and financial resources. From Florida, companies can do business globally, both virtually and in the real world.
International Business Center:
Florida is host to regional and hemispheric headquarters of companies from all over the world, a vibrant international banking center and a diplomatic hub with a Consular Corps representing some 80 nations. Many international firms base other facilities, such as warehousing, distribution and manufacturing, in Florida to take advantage of its easy access to global markets.
International Business Facts About Florida:
Florida is a major gateway for merchandise trade between North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other world regions. In 2012, goods valued at US$162 billion entered or exited the United States through Florida’s two U.S. Customs Districts. (U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division)
Consular Offices in Florida: The State of Florida has one of the largest Consular Corps in the United States. Consular officers around the state serve as official representatives of a foreign country that provide assistance to that government’s citizens living in other countries. Florida’s ever expanding Consular Corps currently consists of consular missions and official trade and commercial offices from 80 countries. Miami-Dade County has the largest concentration of consular offices in Florida, with representation from 56 countries. The consular offices listed in this Directory are accredited by the United States Department of State.
Florida Bi-National Chambers of Commerce: Florida is the location of numerous Bi-National Chambers of Commerce representing Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America and Africa. Bi-National Chambers are membership-based organizations that promote international business relationships with Florida companies and their respective countries.