MARYLAND: A GLOBAL GATEWAY

Whether preparing your U.S. business to compete in the global marketplace or looking to bring a foreign business to the U.S., consider Maryland a partner during this exciting time for your company.  

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Maryland’s International Story

Maryland is centrally located and incredibly connected. With a booming port, international incubators, a highly diverse and well educated workforce, and support from the Office of International Investment and Trade, international companies coming to Maryland, or exporting from Maryland, are equipped for success.

PRIME LOCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

  • Centrally located on the East Coast in one of the nation’s busiest commercial corridors.
  • Bordering Washington D.C., the U.S. capital, providing next-door access to 176 foreign embassies and key U.S. and international decision makers.
  • Comprehensive transportation networks, including 4 easily accessible airports: BWI, DCA, IAD, PHL.
  • More than 7,000 Maryland businesses export to 209 countries.
  • Home to 900 foreign-owned companies.
Adjacent to Washington D.C. and close to New York City

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR MARYLAND COMPANIES 

  • Four foreign trade zones.
  • 16 Maryland global offices. International investment and trade services available in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. Investment only services offered in South Korea.
  • ExportMD Program can offset some costs of marketing internationally.
  • The Port of Baltimore is a thriving deep water port, and one of the few East Coast ports handling new “Mega Ships.”
  • The Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade provides support for entering new foreign markets or advancing sales in existing foreign markets. Learn More.
16 Countries Around the Globe

SUPPORT & CONNECTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES 

  • Home to international business centers and incubators, including The University of Maryland’s Maryland International Incubator
  • Access to a state economy rooted in information technology and cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, financial services and energy and sustainability. 
  • Commerce’s International Office can customize your visit, provide research, make introductions and assist with location selection.
900 Foreign-Owned Companies

DIVERSITY & QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Foreign-born residents comprise 14.9% of Maryland’s population.
  • 3 Maryland cities recognized among top 10 in WalletHub’s 2017 “Most Diverse Cities in America.”
  • Higher median household income than any other state in the U.S. ($78,945).
  • U.S. leader in public school education and home to world-renowned healthcare resources.
  • Beaches, mountains, bustling cities, historical landmarks—quickly accessible and all within Maryland.
  • Endless entertainment offered through museums, parks, and arts & entertainment districts.
  • Mild climate offering a taste of all four seasons.
200+ Museums, 50 State Parks; 18 National Parks

INTERNATIONAL SNAPSHOT

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“In 1975, Shimadzu Corporation chose Maryland for its strategic East Coast location with proximity to the Port of Baltimore, access to industry leaders, government agencies and renowned universities, and for its vast pool of talented professionals. Our decision has proven to be a wise one, helping Shimadzu to become an industry leader in North America.”
Shuzo Maruyama, President, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.

Major Global Companies in Maryland

THE PORT OF BALTIMORE

The Port of Baltimore moves diverse cargo, and plenty of it. The port handles cargo ranging from sugar and salt, to heavy machinery and automobiles. In fact, the Port of Baltimore handled more automobiles than any other U.S. port in 2015. A popular port for foreign companies, the Port of Baltimore took in 31.8 million tons of foreign cargo with a dollar value of $49.9 billion in 2016, ranking top ten nationally. More on the Port of Baltimore.

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