Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

International Business

Houston: A Gateway to the World

Houston offers an internationally competitive business environment at a favorable cost.

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Houston is a great global city, with ties reaching around the world. The region’s geographic location provides easy global access for both goods and people. From the Port of Houston to the Houston Airport System to a host of international entities doing business around the clock, Houston is where you want to be if your business is looking to go global.

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More than 100 international companies have opened, expanded, or relocated to Houston in the last few years.

  • Air Liquide
  • Aker Solutions
  • CGGVeritas
  • DHL
  • Ishibashi
  • Macquarie
  • Rolls Royce
  • Sandvik
  • Schlumberger
  • Siemens
  • Toshiba
  • Toyota
  • Trevigroup
  • Wilhelmsen
  • Worley Parsons

Houston Metro Export Plan & Resources

Helping to prime Houston as America's next great global city, the Houston Global Cities Initiative (GCI) Steering Committee created the Houston Metro Export Plan. GCI is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. The plan applies six key findings from an in-depth market assessment to develop targeted export-related strategies to create jobs by helping companies increase their reach with global markets and customers.

The 2017 Global Houston Trade Profiles document details each of Houston's top 20 trade partners. The trade profiles highlight Houston's commercial and cultural connections and identify emerging export opportunities. If you're looking to export, read our Export Resource Guide to get started.

Houston Metro Export Plan - Global Cities Initiatives
Houston Metro Export Plan
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Global Houston Trade Profiles - June 2018
Global Houston Trade Profiles
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Houston Export Resources
Houston Export Resources
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Houston's Top 10 Trading Partners, 2017

In the international business community, the Houston region ranks as a global leader with considerable influence and impact worldwide. The region has:

In 2017, goods totaling $195.4 billion passed through the Houston/Galveston Customs District.

Rank Description 2017 Total Trade ($ Billions)
1 Mexico 20.1
2 China 18.8
3 Brazil 12.6
4 Germany 9.6
5 Netherlands 8.6
6 South Korea 6.8
7 Japan 6.4
8 Saudi Arabia 5.7
9 United Kingdom 5.6
10 Colombia 5.1
Source: WISERTrade

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