INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROGRAMS
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development offers a wide range of educational programming and services specifically for businesses interested in exploring opportunities in the global marketplace. In May 2019, OESBD received the President’s “E” Award for outstanding contributions to U.S. exports. OESBD has been committed to export expansion through its innovative International Trade initiatives. Since 2013, OESBD has provided education about exporting to more than 3,500 attendees, presenting over 100 seminars/workshops as well as hosting the annual Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) attracting over 3,300 participants including U.S. businesses and international delegates representing 52 countries.
From Florida, companies can effortlessly conduct business around the corner or around world.
International Business Center
Florida is home to the regional and hemispheric headquarters of companies from across the globe. The world class leaders are attracted by a vibrant international banking center, a highly educated and ethnically diverse talent pool, and 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.
Total merchandise trade valued at $153.6 billion flowed through Florida’s airports and seaports in 2019, 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 Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) network in the country, where value can be added to foreign goods tariff free before shipping them on to another country. For the list of Florida Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) contacts please click here.
Trade and Investment Network
With a broad network of 14 International Offices in 13 countries and six trade offices located around the state, EFI offers many vital services for businesses looking to locate in Florida from overseas and for Florida-based businesses looking to expand internationally.