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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The Houston region is an undisputed global leader in international business, with ties reaching all over the globe and overseas marketplace. The 11-county region's geographic location makes it an easily-accessed portal to the global marketplace. 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's Top 10 Trading Partners 2013

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


Rank Description Annual 2013 Annual 2014 % 2013-2014
  Total all countries $251,855,392,889 $253,298,539,625 0.57
1 Mexico $28,380,704,850 $28,781,254,559 1.41
2 China $13,601,042,436 $16,592,735,477 22.0
3 Brazil $13,904,863,028 $15,660,331,957 12.62
4 Venezuela $15,065,685,744 $12,925,399,558 -14.21
5 Colombia $11,695,585,690 $10,970,044,911 -6.2
6 Saudi Arabia $13,719,960,691 $10,929,369,259 -20.34
7 Germany $8,875,710,283 $9,841,826,733 10.88
8 Netherlands $9,655,180,643 $9,060,391,981 -6.16
9 South Korea $6,313,169,008 $8,362,124,251 32.46
10 Russia $8,284,928,222 $6,809,032,882 -17.81
Source: Greater Houston Partnership Research Department

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