Leverage Florida’s strategic, global location and international trade expertise and gain success and access to foreign markets.
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 87 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.
Florida is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment, ranking 4th among all U.S. states in employment by majority foreign-owned firms. To facilitate FDI, Florida’s EB-5 Regional Centers offer foreigners the opportunity to obtain their permanent U.S. residency while investing in Florida through the EB-5 Investor Visa program.
Merchandise trade valued at $142.8 billion flowed through Florida’s airports and seaports in 2016, making the state one of the world’s leaders in international trade. Enterprise Florida and its partners around the state provide valuable exporting assistance services to Florida-based companies looking to expand internationally. In addition, Florida’s international businesses enjoy access to the second largest FTZ network in the country, where value can be added to foreign goods tariff free before shipping them on to another country.
With a vast network of 14 International Offices in 13 countries and 6 trade offices located around the state, Enterprise Florida offers many vital services for businesses looking to locate in Florida from overseas and for Florida-based businesses looking to expand internationally.