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International Business

Washington, DC has many faces. It is the home to the U.S. government while being remarkably international with approximately 180 resident embassies and respected global economic and policy organizations. DC is serviced by three airports with 74 nonstop international destinations and welcomed 24.6 million visitors in 2019, making the 10th year of record visits to the city. Four of the Fortune 500 companies call this city home, and they represent a variety of industries from finance to technology to professional services. Washington, DC is a thriving marketplace for ideas, inclusive innovation, and invention. It is considered one of the most accessible and welcoming of U.S. cities, with its low-profile skyline and with a lifestyle and culture that are the envy of other world capitals. The District also ranks high as #1 in the US for entrepreneurial talent, #2 city for women in tech, #3 most educated city in the country, and a top 10 global city for ease of doing business.

The International Business Team is responsible for four things: increasing foreign direct investment into the City, increasing exports out of the City, strengthening relationships with countries that have expressed interest in investing in the City, and planning and executing the Mayor’s Diplomatic/Trade Missions.

The District of Columbia Quick Statistics

Washington, DC, is a hub for thought leadership and global policy makers. Organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace consider Washington, DC, as a focal point for critical international conversations about the world economy, global politics, the environment, and peace. If your business is seeking to have an impact at an international level, this is the place for you.

 Washington, DC

Population 705,749
Population increase (Since 2010) 17.3%
Daytime Population 1.15 million
Population with Bachelor's Degree 58.5%
Population with Graduate degree or higher 34%

Nonstop International Destinations                 Daily Departures         Destinations

Reagan National Airport (DCA) 
*5 are international
410                            98                 
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
*10 are international
319 82
Dulles International Airport (IAD) - domestic 262 88
Dulles International Airport (IAD) - international 69 57

TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS TO DC (number of visitors, 2019)

1. China  190,000
2. United Kingdom 170,000
3. India  133,000
4. Germany 131,000
5. South Korea 110,000

International Business Resources

ExportDC advises DC-based businesses on how to sell their products and services in other countries. The team helps you determine if your business is export-ready, and counsels you on how to prepare to export. 

International Business Guides
The DC Chamber of Commerce's International Business Guides provide relevant information for foreign firms considering entering the U.S. market and establishing a presence in Washington, DC. The guides are available in four different languages: English, French, Spanish, and Arabic

Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs is located within the Office of the Secretary of State of the District of Columbia and is the District government's primary liaison with the diplomatic and international community for both substantive and ceremonial matters.