Washington’s leaders focus on opening up international trade opportunities for small businesses

Graph showing Washington exports (adjusted) total, which have declined sharply in recent years due to aerospace challenges, retaliatory tariffs and COVID, and non-aerospace exports, which declined much less dramatically in the same timeframe. from 2014–2020.
Interactive world map showing Commerce’s 10 in-country representative office locations and key export opportunities for Washington companies.
Click on the interactive map to see export opportunities for Washington companies and key industry sectors.
Onsite representation by Commerce’s foreign representatives at virtual and “hybrid” trade shows via video conferencing booths connect Washington small businesses with potential partners, buyers, distributors and investors.
Commerce’s foreign rep network has energized client outreach. Available consulting slots fill up quickly, as many businesses can’t travel and are reluctant to do virtual trade show exhibiting. For example, more than 300 executives and entrepreneurs registered for two recent virtual Japan AI meetups — multi-day agendas of B2B meetings and pitch sessions revolving around opportunities in Artificial Intelligence and related technology across industry sectors. The events provided direct visibility and interaction for 20 Washington companies.
Image of a story about successful recruitment of Denso, a Japanese leader in cloud computing technology and innovation in the autonomous vehicle sector. Their mobile tech lab is in Seattle.
Denso chooses Washington. The Japanese automotive powerhouse opened an office in Seattle. This $43B giant spends close to 10% of its sales on research and development. At its Seattle Mobility Lab, Denso works with local tech companies and universities on developing cloud computing technologies for automated driving.
Image of a stage presentation by one of Commerce’s in-country representatives at US Business Day in Taiwan 2020. Washington was one of 8 US states represented during the event.
Image of an article published in Korean in Solar Today magazine featuring an interview with Commerce’s Clean Tech Sector Lead Brian Young during a trade mission to Korea.
An Interview with Brian Young, Governor’s Clean Energy Sector Lead, was published in Solar Today, detailing and titled “100% Clean Energy and Solar Opportunities in the State of Washington.”



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